2017 Aston Martin Rapide S

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2017 MODEL
$204,950 - $206,000 See Inventory Prices

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Detailed Review

Aston Martin initially introduced the car as a concept back in 2006 while finally rolling out its first production models in early 2010. The Rapide S is the marque's first 4-door sedan offering since its discontinued Lagonda models in 1989. The car is based on the Aston Martin DB9 with tweaks to the chassis to accommodate a longer 4-door body.

The competition for the Rapide S is stiff. For one, it is too expensive in its offering where its rivals easily undercut it while providing almost similar, if not better, performance and features. The Porsche, for example, almost certainly looks to be a better buy. Can the Rapide S keep up?

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Pros

Impressive performance

Great transmission

Excellent handling

Stylish design

Posh interior

Cons

Expensive

Uncomfortable rear seats

Competition offers a better deal

Small cargo

What's New?

New infotainment system

Which now supports Apple CarPlay


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$204950

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

4

top speed

188 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

362 cu. in.

horsepower

565 hp @ 6650 rpm

torque

465 lb.-ft. @ 5500 rpm

transmission

8-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

independent rear double wishbone suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

14.2 in. ventilated disc brakes/15.8 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

117.7 in.

length

197.6 in.

width

75.9 in.

height

53.5 in.

curb weight

4387 lbs.

ground clearance

4.25 in.

capacity

passenger volume

83 cu ft.

cargo volume

7.8 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.6 sec.

standing ¼-mile

13.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

14/17/21 mpg

highway range

430.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/unlimited

drivetrain warranty

3 years/unlimited

corrosion warranty

10 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2017 Aston Martin Rapide S in Diavolo Red color  2017 Aston Martin Rapide S in Midnight Blue color  2017 Aston Martin Rapide S in Lightning Silver color  2017 Aston Martin Rapide S in Mariana Blue color  2017 Aston Martin Rapide S in Jet Black color
Diavolo Red

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Aston Martin Rapide S Shadow Edition

Shadow Edition

power
565 hp @ 6650 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
17 combined

$204,950


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Shadow Edition 4dr Sedan (6.0L 12cyl 8AM) Starting at $204,950 MSRP (14/17/21) 565 hp @ 6650 rpm, 6 L, V12, premium unleaded (required)
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8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 4 NA

 2017 Aston Martin Rapide S Base

Base

power
552 hp @ 6650 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
17 combined

$206,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan (5.9L 12cyl 8A) Starting at $206,000 MSRP (14/17/21) 552 hp @ 6650 rpm, 5.9 L, V12, premium unleaded (required)
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8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 4 NA

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial May 18, 2019

The Rapide S starts at $206,000, and is powered by a 6.0L V12 with an 8-speed shiftable automatic transmission, producing a mighty 552 hp of power and 465 lb-ft of torque. It can do 0-60mph in 4.4s while completing the quarter mile in 13.1s. All that power is pushed from the rear wheel of the car. The Rapide S comes in one variant and trim only and is offered with few optional features.

2017 Aston Martin Rapide S Features

The English luxury sports car maker offers the Rapide S in one trim only with few optional features. For a whopping price tag at $206,000, the Rapide S may appear barebones in terms of features, but the highlight remains the 6.0L V12 Engine. The Rapide S comes with some optional features, but overall, the on-paper feature list doesn't suit its price tag. 

Trim Aston Martin Rapide S Sedan
MSRP $206,000
Key Features
  • Aluminum Bodyside Moldings
  • Lip Spoiler
  • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
  • Fully Automatic Projector Beam, High-Intensity Low/High Beam, Auto-Leveling Headlamps w/Washer with Delay
  • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Aux Audio Input Jack, Radio Data System, and External Memory Control
  • Piano Black Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Metal-Look Console Insert, Metal-Look Interior Accents and Leather Upholstered Dashboard
  • Cargo Space Lights
  • Satellite Navigation System            

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It may come as a surprise, but the 2017 Rapide S is only available in a single trim. However, Aston Martin has ensured that buyers don't feel left out and has given buyers tons of customization options to choose from. Some of the optional equipment includes 20-inch wheels, three-mode adjustable adaptive damping system and different exterior and interior trim options. In case you want to make your ride look exclusive, these optional extras could help you for the lack of trim options.  

2017 Aston Martin Rapide S Engine

"Shaped like a fighter-jet canopy, built from aluminum panels so pretty they shouldn’t be painted, and powered by a thumping 5.9-liter V-12 that sends 550 hp to an eight-speed automatic, this stunner will tear to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds."- Car and Driver

Engine and Transmission

The 2016 Aston Martin Rapide S is powered by a 6.0L V12 engine, which is mated to an 8-speed shiftable automatic transmission. This motor is capable of churning out 552 hp of power and 465 lb-ft of torque, and all of the power is channeled to the rear wheels of the car. The 8-Speed Automatic transmission has absolutely no hiccups while upshifting or downshifting, and complements the engine really well. For all the lack of features, this car truly makes up for all of glaring ommissions with this engine-transmission combination. 

Models Aston Martin Rapide S sedan Maserati Quattroporte GTS GranLsso Sedan Mercedes-AMG S65 Sedan Porsche Panamera Turbo Sedan
MSRP $206,000 $147,300 $227,895 $147,950
Engine DOHC 48-valve V-12 3.8-liter turbocharged 8-cylinder 6.0-liter turbocharged 12-cylinder 4.0-liter turbocharged 8-cylinder
Transmission 8-Speed shiftable automatic 8-speed automatic 7-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic
Horsepower 552 hp 523 hp 621 hp 550 hp
Torque 465 lb-ft 523 lb-ft 738 lb-ft 567 lb-ft

While the Aston Martin delivers on the performance front, it does so at a huge cost. The Porsche Panamera, costing way less than the Aston Martin, offers similar performance while having better torque figures. The Mercedes AMG S65 is the most powerful car in the field but falls behind in acceleration. The Maserati is modest in its performance, being in the same price bracket as the Porsche.

The Aston Martin sure does have a tough competition here.  Surely, it offers excellent performance, but the Porsche Panamera throws in more punch in terms of power at least. The Mercedes which is still a beast for what it offers in the performance department. 

Acceleration

While the on-paper specs are already impressive, the car boats of quick acceleration, completing the 0-60 mph sprint in a quick 4.4s, while the quarter mile distance is achieved in 13.1s. deal.

Models Aston Martin Rapide S Sedan Maserati Quattroporte GTS GranLsso Sedan Mercedes-AMG S65 Sedan Porsche Panamera Turbo Sedan
0-60 MPH 4.4 sec 4.7 sec 3.9 sec 3.7 sec
Quarter mile 13.1 sec 13.6 sec 12.3 sec 11.3 sec
Engine 6.0L 3.8L 6.0L 4.0L
Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 10.4 10.3 11.0 8.4

While this is not a shabby performance at all, the Porsche Panamera does 0-60 mph in a swift 3.7s and quarter mile in 11.3s. On the other hand, the Mercedes AMG S65 takes 3.9s to reach from 0-60 mph and 12.3s in the quarter mile. The Maserati offers similar performance to the Aston Martin and is very close in the time taken on both tests.

The Aston Martin and Maserati emit similar levels of CO2, while the Porsche is the “greenest” car in this field. The Mercedes, at 11.0 is the worst emitting car in the field.

Again, the Porsche Panamera demonstrates it is a much better offering in the performance division while costing cheaper as well which makes it for a much better performance package. 

Handling and Steering

The Aston Martin handles beautifully, be it wide country roads or twisty mountains. The steering is responsive and the engineering behind the suspension is excellent. It sticks to the road and doesn't feel subdued, and comes with a near perfect 49:51 weight distribution which truly does enable excellent handling capabilities in the car. This car can be aptly described as "light" and "swift". 

There are three mdoes which electronically control the dampers - Normal, Sport, and Track, and you can tweak the dampers according to the driving mode. The Normal mode is comfortable for a luxury sports car while Sport and Track tighten the dampers and create a more firm-feeling to the handling of the car.

The Rapide S is one of the most balanced and excellent handling luxury sedan car in the market.

Braking

The Rapide S is a 4410 lbs car whose front brake measures 15.8in and the rear measures 14.2in. The brake pedal responds rather well and stops without a feeling of jerk nor does it feel too long. The car is light and agile, sticks to the ground, and feels sturdy and balanced.

Model Aston Martin Rapide S Sedan Maserati Quattroporte GTS GranLsso Sedan Mercedes-AMG S65 Sedan Porsche Panamera Turbo Sedan
Brake Front (in.) 15.8 15.0 15.4 16.1
Brake Rear (in.) 14.2 13.6 14.1 15.0
Curb Weight (lbs.) 4410 4189 4969 4398
60-0 MPH (ft.) NA 113 109 111

The Porsche has both brakes bigger in comparison but weighs just a tad too light, while the Mercedes is similar to the Aston Martin in terms of weight.  The Maserati has the smallest brakes and its the lightest too.

2017 Aston Martin Rapide S Fuel Economy

Honestly, the 6.0L V12 isn't the most fuel-efficient engine around. In the city, it gives 13 mpg while 19 on the highway. The combined mpg is around 15. While this is not too bad for a V12, the rest of the cars in the field provide better numbers, and in the result, help you save a lot of cash.

Model Aston Martin Rapide S Sedan Maserati Quattroporte GTS GranLsso Sedan Mercedes-AMG S65 Sedan Porsche Panamera Turbo Sedan
MPG (city) 13 15 13 18
MPG (highway) 19 22 22 25
MPG (combined) 15 17 16 21

The Porsche proves to be the best in fuel consumption, followed by Maserati and Mercedes. Each of them provide better results in comparison to the Aston Martin.

2017 Aston Martin Rapide S Interior

"The Rapide S cossets front-seat passengers with the same luxury found in its other grand tourers and its interior is a dead-ringer for the Vantage."-The Car Connection

Seating and Comfort

The Aston Martin is luxurious and tastefully designed in the interior. It is essentially a five seater with good front seat headroom and legroom. But once you go in the rear seats, the experience isn't very pelasing. With absolutely congested seating and stuffed space, the rear seats are uncomfortable and don’t really have the ability to accommodate three passengers abreast; one would have to stuff in for easy ingress and egress.

Model Aston Martin Rapide S Sedan Maserati Quattroporte GTS GranLsso Sedan Mercedes-AMG S65 Sedan Porsche Panamera Turbo Sedan
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 36.4/54.8/42.7 NA 39.7/59.7/41.4 NA
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 29.9/44.3/28.5 NA 37.4/59.1/34.1 NA

While every car in this field can accommodate 5 passengers, the Mercedes truly offers the best rear seating with enough legroom, headroom and is spacious.

Interior features

Speaking of the luxuries lets see what this car has to offer on the inside:

  • Grain enhanced leather interior
  • Manual dimming interior rearview mirror
  • Cruise control
  • Heated rear screen
  • 6.5” LCD infotainment system with CarPlay support
  • Leather steering wheel

Trunk volume

Clearly, the Aston Martin was not made with trunk space in mind; it can allow a meager 7.8 cubic feet of cargo volume while the competition has more than double the space to offer. The Maserati offers a generous 18.7 cubic feet while the Porsche comes next with 17.4 cubic feet; the Mercedes still provides double the amount at 15.2 cubic feet.

Model Aston Martin Rapide S Sedan Maserati Quattroporte GTS GranLsso Sedan Mercedes-AMG S65 Sedan Porsche Panamera Turbo Sedan
Trunk Volume (ft.3) 7.8 18.7 15.2 17.4

If you do want more trunk volume, one recommendation is to fold the back seats which will allow more flexibility in carrying more cargo.

2017 Aston Martin Rapide S Exterior

" It has a long-hood profile, trademark grille, LED accent lighting, there's no bad angle anywhere."-KBB

The design is no doubt an Aston Martin with those unique curve and seamless elements. The 2017 variant comes with little to no change in the exterior. It comes with the traditional grille, LED Accent Lighting, and 4 doors in the design reminiscing a coupe; while Aston Martin has designed it as a Sedan, they have crafted the entire vehicle in the dimensions of a 2-door vehicle.

Dimensions and weight

The Rapide S is a well-built car in the field, with its length measuring 197.6in and wheelbase at 117.7in while being 4.25in from the ground. It is 75.9in wide and 53.1in tall.

Model Aston Martin Rapide S Sedan Maserati Quattroporte GTS GranLsso Sedan Mercedes-AMG S65 Sedan Porsche Panamera Turbo Sedan
Curb weight (lbs.) 4410 4189 4969 4398
Length(in) 197.6 207.2 208.1 198.8
Width(in) 75.9 76.7 75.0 76.3
Height(in) 53.1 58.3 59.0 56.0
Ground clearance (in) 4.25 NA 4.5 4.5
Wheelbase (in) 117.7 124.8 124.6 116.1
Track width (in) F/R 62.55/63.50 64.3/64.8 64.6/64.7 65.2/64.5

The Porsche has a shorter wheelbase at 116.1 while the Mercedes and the Maserati measure the same. Porsche and the Aston Martin have similar measurements in each respective dimension while the Mercedes and the Maserati share the same with each other.

Exterior features

Let's have a look at what brings in a detailing to its style on the outside

  • LED Headlamps
  • LED taillamps
  • 20” alloy wheels
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Speed Sensitive Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers
  • Daytime running lamps
  • Aluminum Grille

2017 Aston Martin Rapide S Safety

Safety Features

The Rapide S is loaded with a lot of safety features, and standrd safety kit includes dual-stage airbags up front, side airbags and stability and traction control systems. Other notable safety features include: 

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Front And Rear Parking Sensors
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Rear Child Safety Locks 
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Front And Rear Parking Sensors
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Rear Child Safety Locks

Unfortunately,  the 2017 Rapide S has not been tested by the IIHS or NHTSA.

2017 Aston Martin Rapide S Competition

2017 Aston Martin Rapide S vs 2017 Maserati Quattroporte GTS Granlusso Sedan

Priced at $147,300, the Maserati is powered by a 3.8L Turbocharged engine and an 8-speed automatic transmission which gives out 523 hp and 523 lb-ft of torque. While performance and dimensions of the car are similar to the Aston Martin Rapide S, it boats of a much better boot space and costs $60,000 less. It has a beautiful design and can still compete with the more expensive Aston Martins. It certainly deserves to be an alternative when considering the Rapide S. 

2017 Aston Martin Rapide S vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG S65 Sedan

The S65 starts at a staggering $227,895, more expensive than this Aston Martin. For $20,000 more than the Rapide S, you get a more powerful engine, better acceleration, comfortable rear seats, bigger cargo volume, great driving experience and better fuel efficiency, and the S65 is not a bad option at all. Granted it is more expensive, it still offers every bit and more than the Aston Martin Rapide S. Definitely should be considered if the price is not a concern.

2017 Aston Martin Rapide S vs 2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo Sedan

The car which can give sleepless nights to the Rapide S, the Porsche Panamera starts at $147,950 and is powered by a 4.0L turbocharged engine with 8-speed automatic transmission. It is quicker, offers bigger cargo volume, better fuel efficiency, excellent braking and even more comfortable front seating. It shares some of the downfalls like of the Aston Martin; but consider this, all that comes for a good $60,000 less than the Rapide S. The Porsche Panamera is an extremely enticing option for buyers looking for a comfortable luxury sports car yet who do not want to shell out a large sum for it.

2017 Aston Martin Rapide S Final Verdict

The Rapide S sure has excellent performance, balanced driving, gorgeous looks, posh interior, but it all comes at a huge cost - $206,000. Its competition offers a lot more and most of them at a lower price tag. While those who just want a good looking car with fast performance and aren't bothered about the price, or those who just want to own an Aston Martin, then sure the Rapide S is a good buy. But for those in the other boat, Porsche Panamera looks like the best bet.

The Rapide S does not justify its high price. It offers less than what its competition does and while its pure branding, if you have the money, then the Rapide S is a great car.