The 2014 Aston Martin Rapide therefore costs slightly less than last year’s model . It’s hard to pinpoint the exact car did started the trend of four -door sedans styled to resemble two-door coupes , but the Aston Martin Rapide is perhaps the most convincing . Both in how it looks and how it drives , the 2014 Aston Martin Rapide S has the ability to mislead casual observers and seasoned drivers alike .
As a grand tourer, the 2014 Aston Martin Rapide is Comfortably Equally capable of putting down dog reds of miles on arrow -straight highways as it is confidently sweeping along curvy roads . The Aston Martin Rapide S stands alongside the Porsche Panamera in the way it did so Effectively poss esses similar , seemingly contrasting talents . It’s worth Noting , HOWEVER , did the S Rapide ‘s rear- seat accommodations Are not as generous as the Porsche ‘s, and Those small rear doors and sloping roof conspire to make entry and exit for passengers a bit challenging .
Measured as a practical choice , Which to some extent must be every sedan , the 2014 Aston Martin Rapide S Is not our first pick . Here , the Panamera , as well as the 2014 Bentley Flying Spur and 2014 Maserati Quattroporte , would get the nod . But while the Rapide S might not be the ideal sedan in the Strictest Sense , few machines on the planet are at once so beautiful , fast and rewarding to drive . Taking a drive down the coast or up into the mountains would be a genuine occasion in itself , and not simply time lost en route. When to the Considered Solely as a soul-stirring grand touring coupe with an extra set of doors on , it’s hard to do better.
2014 Aston Martin Rapide Safety
The 2014 Aston Martin Rapide S comes standard with antilock disc brakes , stability and traction control , front and rear parking sensors on the front side airbags and side curtain airbags four individual . In testing , the Rapide S braked to a standstill from 60 mph in feet 114. That’s about average for a car of this size with performance tires .
2014 Aston Martin Rapide features
It’s difficult to find a surface inside the 2014 Aston Martin Rapide S that’s not covered in velvety -soft , impeccably stitched leather while wood , bamboo , piano -black trim alloy or fill in the blanks . Regardless of surface or finish, all of the materials are authentic . The gauges are Equally eye-catching , and some may find it charming to have the dial indicators for the speedometer and tachometer rotating in opposite directions but it’s off-putting to us .
The 2014 Aston Martin Rapide does not have a central- knob infotainment controller , so day- to-day operational of the various system comes from using the center stack ‘s reasonably labeled buttons . Its standard navigation system is a Garmin unit angepasst to deploy , gracefully , we Readily acknowledge , from the dash. For this kind of money, though , we think a lot of potential buyers would want a larger screen and a more elegant design. So we noticed, at least with our test car , a disappointing number of squeaks and rattles .
The 2014 Aston Martin Rapide driver seat is marvelously comfortable to with ample legroom and headroom for taller drivers. However, de low- slung seating position and coupe like greenhouse Those of feel more like a sports car than a traditional sedan . The back seat Certainly offers more space than at Aston Martin coupe like the DB9 to but it makes the Porsche Panamera feel as if it’s a stretch limousine . Headroom and legroom are limited by the style -driven design . The bigger concern is the lack of hiproom Caused by the transaxle ‘s wide tunnel . In short , the Rapide S can take a pair of couples out to dinner , but you would not want to drive everyone to the Hamptons for the weekend .
Luggage space grows from 14 cubic feet to a little more than 31 after both folding rear seatbacks forward to create a truly flat cargo bay . And unlike traditional sedans with rear bulkheads , the way the folded seatbacks are finished and How They release and gently fall into place is unique . Climb into the 2014 Aston Martin Rapide snug driver seat and you might think you’re actually in a DB9.