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2014 Aston Martin Rapide S [w/video]

Fresh Styling, More Power And New Confidence Three years ago, almost to the day, we slid behind the wheel of the all-new Aston Martin Rapide for the very first time. After unabashedly calling it "the world's best-looking four-door sedan" – a statement that is as accurate today as it was in 2010 – we piloted the Aston Martin on a meandering route from Miami to our final destination in Palm Beach. Our conclusion, at the end of a very long day, was that British automaker had built a peerless sedan cleverly disguised as a coupe, and it offered more accommodation and... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
5.9L V12
Power:
550 HP / 457 LB-FT
Transmission:
6-Speed Auto
Base Price:
$199,950
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    Aston Martin shifting Rapide production from Magna Steyr to Gaydon
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    Aston Martin may make more than sports cars these days, but sports cars are all that are built at its own facility. The Cygnet city car is built by Toyota (though trimmed out by Aston's own) and the Rapide is built by Magna Steyr on a dedicated assembly line. But that last bit is about to change as the four-door coupe shifts its production to the ...

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    Spy Shots: Aston Martin Rapide S undergoing testing on the 'Ring
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    Word on the street is that Aston Martin is developing a faster, more powerful version of its Rapide four-door, a rumor fueled by new spy shots snapped on Germany's infamous Nürburgring. The camouflaged prototype pictured above appears to pack a revised front end and tail, with larger intakes up front and a lip spoiler and reshaped bumper around ...

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    Aston Martin CEO Ulrich Bez to auction his own Rapide for Japan disaster relief
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    Presiding over any large corporation has its demands, but also its share of perks. Especially when the company in question is an automaker like Aston Martin. The British carmaker's chief executive Dr. Ulrich Bez has his own Rapide to drive to and from work every day and also to represent the company at various events... but not for long. As part of its ...

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    Report: 2011 World Car Awards: How close it was
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    On Thursday the 21st of April, the seventh annual World Car Awards were given out in a ceremony at the New York International Auto Show that was duly covered by Autoblog. Full disclosure: I, Matt Davis, European Editor of this online obsession Autoblog, am both a co-founder and co-chair of the World Car Awards, and I intend to shamelessly soapbox herein ...

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    2011 Nissan Leaf named World Car of the Year, Volt wins World Green COTY
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    Big congratulations go to the 2011 Nissan Leaf this morning, as it has just been named the 2011 World Car of the Year. The Leaf garnered more votes than the 2011 Audi A8 and 2011 BMW 5 Series, the other two finalists for the World Car title. In 2010, the Volkswagen Polo took home this award. The Leaf was not the only super-efficient car to be awarded ...

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    2011 Nissan Leaf named World Car of the Year
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    Big congratulations go to the 2011 Nissan Leaf this morning, as it has just been named the 2011 World Car of the Year. The Leaf garnered more votes than the 2011 Audi A8 and 2011 BMW 5 Series, the other two finalists for the World Car title. In 2010, the Volkswagen Polo took home this award. The Leaf was not the only super-efficient car to be awarded ...

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    Aston Martin Rapide Luxe raises the stakes
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    If you're in the market for a luxurious four-door, you'd be hard pressed to do better than the Aston Martin Rapide. But now the British automaker has announced an even more exclusive package called the Rapide Luxe. Over and above all the bells and whistles that come standard on the Rapide, the Luxe trim gets you a selection of exclusive color options ...

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    Rendered Speculation: Aston Martin's Lagonda sedan shapes up
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    Breaking: Aston Martin prepares to revive the Lagonda. Update: The Lagonda is being shelved. Incoming: Aston Martin to turn Lagonda into SUV. News Now: Lagonda SUV ridiculed by entire industry, tucks tail and runs from auto show circuit. We've seen concepts, heard rumors and waited patiently for hope that a revival of the Aston Martin Lagonda (just ...

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    Lagonda crossover reportedly scrapped in favor of Rapide-based sedan
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    Aston Martin Lagonda hasn't lacked for four-door models in its history, but its latest efforts have had us all scratching our heads in bewilderment. Instead of badging the Rapide as a Lagonda model, the four-door DB9 derivative came to market instead as an Aston. Meanwhile, the Lagonda badge was resurrected for an odd crossover concept that, let's just ...

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    Review: 2010 Aston Martin Rapide is a modern day Femme Fatale
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    Do you like noir? No, not the perfume, the literary and film genre. You know, hard-boiled crooks, wise-cracking private eyes, Los Angeles under cover of night and blondes so blonde they'll kill you dead. Those blondes are, of course, are better known as femme fatales, and in truth, the color of their hair doesn't really matter. Think Theda Bera, Rita ...

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    Spy Shots: Competition-spec Aston Martin Rapide spotted testing on 'Ring
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    Aston Martin announced its intent to race a lightly modified Rapide at this year's Nürburgring 24-hour race, and what has to happen before that? Testing. Here is the black beauty with slicks and perspex windows caught measuring its mettle on that very track before doing the real thing in May. The marque has taken class wins the last two years with ...

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    Aston Martin to field near-stock Rapide at Nürburgring 24
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    Round-the-clock endurance races typically demand the participation of three or even four-man teams, taking shifts as the sun rises and falls on the circuit. The car they're driving, though, doesn't usually have the capacity to carry the entire team. But as if to emphasize once again the true sporting nature of its latest product, Aston Martin will be ...

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    First Drive: 2010 Aston Martin Rapide is always ready for its close-up
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    The world's best-looking four-door sedan beckoned us from Miami. Enticed, we boarded a jet and paid the 2010 Aston Martin Rapide a visit. Our task was to shuttle Aston Martin's first four-sedan up the coast to Palm Beach – someone had to do it. Of course, we took the circuitous route and spent the day blissfully putting her through the paces as we ...

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    Pics Aplenty: Aston Martin Rapide shows its true colors
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    You might remember that we already posted quite a few photos of the Aston Martin Rapide, but apparently the British automaker thought that wasn't enough. Dozens of new photos have been released of this fabulous four-door showing just about every detail and angle. The photos also display the Rapide in a variety of colors. Feeling feisty? Check out the ...

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    Autoblog Podcast #156
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    Editor Chris Paukert has apparently been bitten by the podcasting bug, and he once again joins Shunk and Roth for Episode #156 of the Autoblog Podcast. We dive right in to reminiscence about the recently finished Los Angeles Auto Show. Moving on from there, we talk about Audi's new A7 Sportback and its extreme gorgeousness, as well as the new A8 and all ...

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    Aston Martin Rapide to start at $199,950 in the U.S.
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    A couple of days after announcing U.K. pricing for the the new Rapide, Aston Martin has now also priced the North American version of its slinky four-door. When Aston starts deliveries of its newest model next spring, U.S. customers will have to pony up a minimum of $199,950. Aston Martin dealers will doubtless provide clients with the opportunity to ...

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    Aston Martin Rapide priced from £139,950 in the UK
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    Aston Martin has finally hung a price tag on its long-awaited four door, the Rapide, in its U.K. home market. As you might reasonably expect, it won't come cheap, starting at £139,950 or about $233,000 USD. Given pricing disparities between international markets, that's not necessarily an indication of what the Rapide will command Stateside, but we ...

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    Pics Aplenty: Aston Martin Rapide is ready for its close-up
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    It isn't every day that Aston Martin comes out with a new car. And this isn't one of them, because the production version of the Rapide four-door saloon came out over a month ago already. But considering that the British sportscar-maker got by – just fine, thank you very much – on what essentially boiled down to a two-car line-up for several ...

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    VIDEO: Aston Martin releases new Rapide video chronicling development
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    After seeing the production Aston Martin Rapide at the Frankfurt Motor Show last month, we're pretty sure it's one of the most attractive sedans ever produced. And now that we've seen the sleek looking sedan in motion, we're 100 percent sure the Rapide is a winner. Aston Martin has released a simply stunning video of the Rapide in various stages of ...

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    Aston Martin Rapide shows off its pretty self on Facebook
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    First of all, does Aston Martin really need a Facebook page? Really? Is the brand actually helped by comments like this, "Aston Martins...the most sexy sports car ever manufactured;)sooo sexy even sexier in red!" We're guessing no. Then again, Aston's relentless pursuit of James Bond marketing hoopla (remember, in Fleming's books, 007 typically drove ...

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