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  1. Aston Martin Rapide Review Legend Relived

Aston Martin Rapide Review Legend Relived

22nd March 2017

The London Car Museum had us enchanted. We felt privileged and enriched after having had a glimpse of the vintage cars and respected Brand names of the 1960’s and 70’s. Making our way back to the hotel gallery, the beautiful plush country side had us enthralled. We happened to chance upon a rare black beauty, the Aston Martin Rapide and this was an added bonus. Not to be satisfied with a casual and curious glance, we took our time to study and inspect the car closely.

One of the Most Tempting External appearances

the Aston Martin Rapidesource - drivesw.pulseight

The proficient and tactful exemplification of voluptuous edges on this enormous four door sedan along with the handsome sloping roofline makes way for the alluring grand silhouette and can be truly regarded as the artwork of a connoisseur of automobiles.The Broad shoulder line is evident and it has been neatly embedded in the majestic paintwork.

the Aston Martin Rapide

Beginning with the front look, the broad and exquisite triangular bonnet with a flat ending has the ovular headlamps perfectly embedded within it. The unexampled skillfulness has been vividly exemplified in the headlamp housing and you would really desire for a picturesque shot of the attractive turn indicators in the form of a vertical orange string that are directed towards the radiator grille. The tantalizing aluminum mesh grille in the centre is a definite looker of all sorts together with that legendary Aston emblem being neatly inscribed above it that fetches unmatched appreciation. In the case of this British icon, designers have guaranteed that they emphasize and reiterate the renowned heritage and traditional imitation, so what we get is an emphatic fusion of novelty and retro styling that is extremely alluring to glance at.

the 20 inch sparkle matt

Proceeding sideways, the 20 inch sparkle matt dark gloss finished wheels exude a royal charm and elegance of their own. The neat intricate detailing on the 10 spoke alloys with the revered badge in the middlemost part speaks volumes of the artistic bent of mind of the British engineers at work.


The Rapide’s humongous length complimented by the gracefully curved out wheel arches and a low position gives it that"out of the world" sportster cum extravagant tourer look. So the twin purposes of a boardroom on the move and a great weekend getaway vehicle can be accomplished. The door handles are carved out in the most precise way and give you that regal feeling on merely touching them. The beautifully sculpted waistline gets more pronounced towards the rear and blends seamlessly with the integrated rear spoiler.

The sideways U molded light

The backside is where all drama is accentuated to an altogether different and exciting level. The sideways U molded light quarter gives the perception of a horse shoe magnet and on a careful assessment you will see how they rise meticulously from the quarter panel and of course that sleek silver chrome strip in the middle is a delight to admire. The electrifying circular shaped fume channels exude action alongside adding to the exhilaration and fervor every time a man begins the motor of this brute.

Enticing Cabins of all time

Enticing Cabins of all time

Getting within is the best place to encounter flawless carefully assembled extravagance at its best. The grandiose of the Sapphire cut glass key knob when held in your hands to the upholstery inside with the Alacantra headliners on the seats gives the impression of high stature and sophistication.

the interior feel

It truly makes a person feel at home by offering customization options to modify the interior feel and builds up that exclusive feeling of individuality. The intuitive navigation screen that rises fastidiously from the centre of the dashboard is a definite treat and along with its portrayal of crystal clear graphics that provides further conclusive proof of the impeccable attention to detail philosophy.

The rear seats

The rear seats qualify as one of the best in class with all bells and whistles on offer such as the heated rear screens, ventilated seats, cup holders along with the brilliant sound from the 1000w Bang & Olufsen system that adds its extra bit to the gratifying stay within.

supreme luxury and comfort

However tall individuals can grumble of absence of back headroom because of the declining roofline but again the extravagant feeling of being transported in this monster overrules every other grouse by the day's end. The boot size is generous and a hatchback type opening mechanism lends access to more area for storage. Even the back seats can be folded but that would be done on a rare occasion because this masterpiece is meant to make you travel in supreme luxury and comfort.

Under the hood and Driving Dynamics

Under the hood and Driving Dynamicssource - panoramio

Bringing one’s attention to the principle heart of this mammoth beast, a colossal and mighty 6 litre V12 motor communicates its thrilling nature clearly from the very start with an immense 477 bhp and earth shattering 600 Nm of torque, along with the 6 speed touchtronic 2 transmission playing the role of a sincere companion.

Aston Martin Rapide source - ausmotive

The motor comes across as one of the plush and able cruisers hiding all its raw and abundant power within but when one has the mood to go wild and berserk, it satisfies that too. The quickening is rapid with a 0-100kmph timing of 5.3 seconds and a top speed close to 303 km/hr.

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The power train’s refined clamor, on pressing one’s right foot is astonishingly delightful to hear along with letting free the insane acceleration capability of this machine.

Aston Martin Rapide source - ausmotive

The Aston Martin truly comes out on top and redefines driving dynamics while setting unique benchmarks in the segment. One can’t even feel the excess length of the car around tight bends because once inside, it doesn’t let you get traumatized by its imperial exterior overhangs .The steering feels normal at decent speeds and shows its exemplary character of weighing up well while gaining pace.

Aston Martin Rapide source - ausmotive

The exuberant style in which this plush tourer radiates it's on road mannerisms is really amazing, particularly that of a beast incarnate. This Aston can gather serious momentum and going with that is the superb slowing mechanism under any frenzy circumstance alongside ESP and braking control which keep the tires from sliding . And for the special occasions when you need to let off that inherent raw unadultered power on your favourite race track, you are most welcome to press the SPORT button that unleashes an enthusiastic thrust and sees the Aston  transcend to an irresistible and tempting work of art involved in some electrifying display of heroics.

Aggressive acceleration, prompt gear shifting and a big smile on your face!

To keep the electronic aids out of the way and make way for a full blown unrestrained joy of your lifetime, a gung ho press on the DSC button is more than enough to add to the existing involvement and up the emotional feel with this Brit.

What is next on the list?

A prelude for the twists n turns and zig zagging all day long!

 The Adaptive Dampening system continuously monitors throttle inputs, tarmac conditions, braking force and steering rotation and keeps configuring the dampers accordingly although a dedicated button with a shock absorber insignia is provided on the dashboard that enables the driver to set the dampers to their firmest position for a spirited and enthusiastic sporty drive.

Well now we can bet that the Aston has made a place for itself in your heart!

Aston Martin as a legendary automotive brandsource - ausmotive

Summing it up, we want to state that Aston Martin as a legendary automotive brand gives a profound glimpse into the rich British Cultural legacy with the Rapide epitomizing it. It is a hypnotizing and a timeless piece that makes you want to claim it and park in your garage and presently this blissful moment can be experienced at Big Boy Toyz without a doubt.


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