2017 Aston Martin Rapide S Priced at $209,825 | Edmunds

2017 Aston Martin Rapide S Priced at $209,825

GAYDON, England — Prices for the 2017 Aston Martin Rapide S luxury sedan start at $209,825, including gas-guzzler tax and a destination charge of $2,825.

There is no price increase compared to the 2016 Rapide S.

A spokesman for Aston Martin told Edmunds that dealers are taking orders for the 2017 model now, and deliveries will begin in the fourth quarter of this year.

Key competitors to the Rapide S include the Bentley Flying Spur, Maserati Quattroporte, Porsche Panamera and the Rolls-Royce Ghost.

Aston Martin calls the Rapide S a "four-door sports car," and it's hard to argue the point. Technically it's a sedan, but the Rapide's jet-fighter styling and low-slung stance clearly take it out of the realm of the typical family hauler.

And the Rapide's sinuous looks are backed up by sports-car performance, courtesy of a 6.0-liter V12 engine that develops 552 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. Coupled with an eight-speed automatic transmission, the power plant drives the Rapide S to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 203 mph.

Further validating the Rapide's sporting credentials is a double-wishbone independent suspension system that features front and rear antiroll bars, anti-dive geometry and a three-stage Adaptive Damping System that allows the driver to switch among Normal, Sport and Track modes.

Braking chores are handled by 400mm dual-cast rotors with six-piston calipers at the front and 360mm rotors clamped by four-piston calipers out back, while grip is provided by performance-oriented Bridgestone Potenza tires wrapped around 20-inch alloy wheels with a diamond-turned finish.

Built from lightweight aluminum bonded with epoxy resin, the Rapide S weighs in at 4,387 pounds.

The cockpit provides up to four occupants with a host of luxury touches, including "more leather than any other Aston Martin in history," available in a wide range of color combinations, and a center fascia that can be ordered in the buyer's choice of finishes like Iridium, Carbon Fiber or Piano Ice Mocha.

All four seats are heated, and the front buckets are power adjustable with a memory feature. And the latest Aston Martin infotainment technology includes a premium sound system, a 6.5-inch LCD display, smartphone compatibility and hard-disk satellite navigation.

Edmunds says: Shoppers with deep pockets in the market for a super luxury sports car, but who need room for four, might want to consider the 2017 Aston Martin Rapide S.

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