2010 Aston Martin Rapide — Flash Drive
This 2010 review is representative of model years 2010 to 2012.
By Staff of MSN Autos
Aston Martin has created a fantastic automobile here with the new Rapide. There is not a better looking 4-door luxury sports car on the market today. The design is brilliant — far superior to the Porsche Panamera, thanks to the aggressive front end, the sleek and elegant lines and the smooth and sloping rear end. The interior is fit for a king, and fit and finish are top-notch. The rear seats are slightly tight, but still usable for an adult. As expected, the Rapide, like other Aston Martins, has a fantastic engine note. If you have $200,000 burning a hole in your pocket, I say spend it on this machine. So sweet. –Joe Chulick
I'm not sure who would actually buy an Aston Martin Rapide. It is, of course, beautiful to look at. So beautiful, in fact, that many of the people who wanted to talk with me whenever I stepped out of the Rapide had not even noticed the rear doors. The engine continues to sound wonderful and mighty. The interior offers all the luxury you could want and is impeccably designed and crafted. The handling is almost as good as the smaller Astons, too, feeling responsive, well-planted and inspired — although it does feels longer, almost as if you are driving something so large that it must somehow bend in the middle to go around corners this well. One issue: The rear seats have no legroom. The Aston Martin Rapide is more similar to a Porsche 911 on the inside than to a Panamera. And if rear-seat room is this unimportant, then why wouldn't you buy a DBS instead? My best guess is that the Rapide will sell to hard-core fans of the marque who already have another Aston in the garage. Lucky folk they will be, but no doubt they'll have another car to use when they want to drive three friends anywhere. –Paul Hagger
It may not be able to keep up with its turbocharged German rival, the Panamera, but if you're looking for the absolute sexiest sedan available, the Rapide is your ride. With classic sports-car proportions, the Rapide is basically a larger DB9 with rear doors. Inside, the Rapide is nicer than most homes; the leather seats are soft and comfortable, the wood accents look as if they were made by a fine furniture artisan, and the large ceiling is covered in soft, luxurious Alcantara leather. The rear seat is a bit cramped, though — I wouldn't want to take a long trip back there. But it is definitely usable for two adults. And there's reasonable cargo space for a few pieces of luggage, as well. The V12 engine's note is enough to make even the most jaded auto journalist weak in the knees. In the twisties, the Rapide handles well and has plenty of stopping power. Nice ride. –Perry Stern