I recently spent a weekend with an Aston Martin Rapide, driving it from Cleveland to Indianapolis and back. The car I took on this quick road trip was a Morning Frost White with Sandstorm Tan interior 2012 Aston Martin Rapide. Yes, this one is the “out dated” version, as the current model is the Rapide S. First introduced back in 2010 the Aston Martin Rapide is the ultimate 4 door sports car. Powered by a 6.0 liter naturally aspirated V12 with 470BHP & 457ft-lbs of torque with a curb weight of a little over 3800lbs, this fine example of British engineering is loads of fun. The current model Rapide S has a larger front grill, more aggressive front bumper, 80 more bhp and a slightly larger “duck bill” rear spoiler, but overall its essentially the same car.
As with most sports cars out there its soundtrack is something to cherish. That certainly holds true with all Aston Martin’s, and this Rapide was no exception. I like to describe Aston Martin’s as “theater on wheels” (my weak British accent). First you see its beautiful sculpture, its body lines, that are simple, clean and breathtaking. Perfectly proportioned within the golden ration, its styling is truly Aston Martin. Similar to when you first walk up to a theater or opera house, think of the famous Sydney Opera House. You simply cannot enter it without being amazed at its beauty.
Then you enter inside, immediately your olfactory receptors detect the presence of the finest leathers that cover the interior. Four beautiful sport seats take up most of the cabin, with TV’s behind the front two seats and aluminum dials and buttons allows you to navigate for your cabin entertainment.
Then you pull out the key, sorry no not a key, but rather, the E.C.U (Emotional Control Unit). This here, is your ticket, your front row seat to the greatest show on earth.
Insert the E.C.U and wait for the V12 to send vibrations up your right arm, across your chest and into your heart where it momentarily skips a beat.
Once you’ve relax a bit and begin your journey thats when the Aston Martin Rapide’s really begins to show you its greatness.
Adaptive Bang & Olufsen audio system ensures that your music is properly enjoyed by everyone. The B & O audio system adapts itself to the number of occupants in the cabin, making sure everyone hears the music equally.
Power is available at any given time, suspension is comfortably firm nothing back breaking, fuel consumption is typical to other sports cars out there (my avg was about 18mpg). This car is probably one of the best cars I’ve ever had the pleasure of driving. The looks and compliments I got was astounding, everyone wants to know what it is, where its made, and tells you that it’s truly gorgeous to look at. And to be perfectly honest I couldn’t agree more. I didn’t stop too many times to take photos of the car because I really just wanted to keep driving it. But when I did stop for gas a few times, I simply couldn’t help myself but to take a step back and enjoy the Rapide’s beauty.
And just like any theater performance, soon enough the curtains will close. As for me, I had to give the keys back as much as it killed me.
But for those lucky enough to have one of these British art pieces, I salute you.
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