The 2024 Aston Martin Rapide is a 4-door, 4-seater high-performance sports sedan owned by the British luxury brand Aston Martin. The 2024 Aston Martin Rapide is the company’s first 4-door fastback sedan since the discontinued Lagonda in 1990. Rapide is based on the Aston Martin DB11 and powered by the Aston Martin VH platform. The Rapide name is a reference to the Lagonda Rapide, a four-door, four-seat saloon manufactured by Lagonda, which is now part of Aston Martin.
The Aston Martin Rapide was designed by stretching the design of the Aston Martin DBS to accommodate an extra set of doors. Aston Martin design director Marek Reichman described a thoroughbred racehorse as his inspiration and stated that he wanted the muscles in the design to appear from leather. The rear wings of the car are wider than those on the Aston Martin DB11, thus softening the elongated roof design.
The rear fenders and a curved design language prevent the car from being perceived as flexing. The headlights are model-specific, while the car uses taillights and diffusers from Vantage. The V12 engine is rear-wheel drive and has a 6-speed Touchtronic II automatic transmission. The Rapide can reach a top speed of 303 km/h (188 mph) and accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.2 seconds
2024 Aston Martin Rapide : Interior
Inside, the Rapid S cabin is covered with premium leather and genuine metal accents. Aston Martin Rapide looks stylish and luxurious. Unfortunately, it’s an ergonomic nightmare: Electrically adjustable seat controls are located in the middle tunnel, seat belt anchor points are hard to reach, front-seat legroom is cramped, and the transmission uses a push-button gear selector located in the center stack. For those who can handle these issues, the Aston Martin 2024 Rapide S is a rare and unique choice in the ultra-luxury sedan market.
2024 Aston Martin Rapide : Engine
The Rapide is powered by an 80-hp 6.0-liter V-12 engine. The main transmission is an eight-speed programmed, and all Rapide AMR models are back tire drives. Aston Martin guarantees a zero to 60 mph season of 4.2 seconds. That’s fast, but not quite as fast as the all-electric Tesla Model S Performance, which has a claimed zero-to-60 mph time of 2.4 seconds when equipped with the aptly named Ludicrous mode.
Speaking of all-electric, Aston Martin is said to be working on an electric version of the Rapide called the Rapide E, which will make at least 600 horsepower from its two electric motors and offer a driving range of more than 200 miles. Five thousand six hundred lithium-ion electric cells were to be installed in the engine compartment, along with two electric motors supplied by the Integrated Powertrain at the rear. Both engines will drive the vehicle via an Xtrac transmission with a limited-slip differential.
2024 Aston Martin Rapide : Safety
The Aston Martin Rapide is a high-performance car, the perfect example of broad dynamic capability. Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Traction Control (TC), and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) all ensure stability whatever the driving conditions. The Rapide features dual-cast floating brake discs to provide a high level of heat resistance, while reducing unsprung mass, helping for greater ride comfort and better handling. The 2024 Aston Martin Rapide is the first Aston Martin to be equipped with an Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) that surpasses the operation of a standard mechanical parking brake and keeps all four wheels closed.