Offering four doors in a supercar package, the Rapide takes its name from the 1930s Lagonda model, a famous marque Aston Martin acquired in 1947. At the heart of the Rapide is Aston Martin's iconic, race-proven V12 engine: highly efficient and flexible, it provides performance and refinement in equal measure.
With "Touchtronic 2" transmission, adaptive damping and lightweight dual-cast brakes using cutting-edge technology, the Rapide's handling is taut, predictable and pliant, giving this spacious car the feel of a smaller sports coupe. As a result, the Rapide is an Aston Martin that can be enjoyed on any occasion, any time, anywhere.
The Rapide is powered by Aston Martin's iconic, 6.0-litre V12 engine. The all-alloy, quad overhead camshaft, 48-valve engine has a displacement of 5935 cc. Each unit is hand-assembled at Aston Martin's dedicated engine plant in Cologne, Germany. Tuned and engineered to deliver high levels of performance and refinement, the engine produces 350 kW (477 PS/470 bhp) with broad torque delivery (600 Nm/443 lb ft at 5000 rpm) that allows for both effortlessly smooth progress and instant acceleration. Power is delivered to the rear wheels through a rear mid-mounted 'Touchtronic 2' automatic gearbox. This six-speed unit is precisely calibrated with the engine to provide broad flexibility in 'Drive' mode, as well as having a highly responsive character in 'Sport' Touchtronic mode, when shifts can be activated using the cast aluminium, leathercovered paddles sited behind the steering wheel. 'Sport' Touchtronic mode sharpens and shortens gearshifts for a more dynamic driving experience.
As an involving, high-performance car with high levels of refinement, the Rapide epitomises broad dynamic ability. The standard 20-inch wheels are made from forged aluminium, minimising unsprung mass, and thereby improving ride comfort and handling. Tyres are Bridgestone Potenza S001 (245/40 front and 295/35 rear), featuring a taller side wall to minimise vibration transmission into the cabin. The tyres give the Rapide supreme levels of grip during cornering and late braking manoeuvres. The steering rack ratio of 15:1 has been tailored for agility, giving quick response at high speed as well as excellent manoeuvrability at lower speeds.