Aston Martin Rapide S review

Category: Luxury car

Section: Performance & drive

Aston Martin Rapide S
  • Aston Martin Rapide S
  • Aston Martin Rapide S
  • Aston Martin Rapide S
  • Aston Martin Rapide S
  • Aston Martin Rapide S
  • Aston Martin Rapide S
  • Aston Martin Rapide S
  • Aston Martin Rapide S
  • Aston Martin Rapide S
  • Aston Martin Rapide S
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Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

Aston Martin’s V12 petrol engine is one of the largest engines on sale and it certainly takes centre stage when driving the Rapide S. There are no turbochargers to aid response at low revs, but, to be frank, none are needed. Although the V12’s best work is done higher up its rev range, it pulls brilliantly from low down in most gears given the colossal amount of torque it produces. Push it hard and you’ll struggle to believe something quite so large and heavy as the Rapide can move down the road with such visceral urgency. It’s perhaps a shame, then, that the Rapide’s exhaust note seems muted compared with Aston’s other more sporting V12 models such as its Vantage and Vanquish.

The standard eight-speed automatic gearbox is also less impressive. At higher speeds and when using the column-mounted paddles for manual changes it flicks between gears no problem, but at slow speeds in town it feels jerkier both on manual switches and in Drive.