Used 2012 Aston Martin Rapide

Pros & Cons

  • Seductive styling
  • agile handling
  • V12 power
  • beautifully crafted.
  • Slower than competitors
  • tight backseat
  • expensive.
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Edmunds' Expert Review

The idea of a sleek four-door sports car is nearly as attractive as the 2012 Aston Martin Rapide is itself. Of course, there are inevitable concessions to both sides of this best-of-both-worlds equation.

Vehicle overview

Aston Martin is headquartered in Gaydon in Warwickshire, England, and this is where the 2012 Aston Martin Rapide will be painstakingly built alongside the DB9 sport coupe, with which it shares an engine and much of its structure. Starting as a concept car just a few years ago, the Rapide has quickly become a halo car for the legendary maker.

Utilizing a cutting-edge extruded-aluminum chassis bonded to an aluminum and composite skin, the thoroughly modern Rapide is built to exacting standards. This precision is evident in every detail, from its intricate door hinges to the way it confidently tracks in corners. Endowing a four-passenger sedan with the talents and sensations of a sports car has been a lofty mission many automakers have attempted but few have accomplished. Our testing revealed that the Rapide offers as much grip and agility as a dedicated two-seater.

But that would be selling the Rapide short. As a grand tourer, it is equally capable of comfortably putting down hundreds of miles in a sitting with all the comforts and amenities expected in this class of vehicle. A high-end sound system, a navigation system and an adjustable suspension are only the tip of the iceberg. In this way, the Aston Martin Rapide stands alongside the Porsche Panamera as the only other sedan that can claim similar, seemingly contrasting talents.

Some concessions to interior space were made, however, in the name of its immediately recognizable exterior shape. Though competitors like the Jaguar XJ Supersport or Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG sacrifice practicality in favor of style and performance, the Rapide's limited outward visibility and rear passenger accommodations go even further. While rear head- and legroom are simply sufficient, the large tunnel containing a carbon-fiber driveshaft leaves the foot- and hiproom of both rear bucket seats very limited. Also, the small rear doors and sloping roof conspire to make ingress/egress challenging. That said, the large, flat cargo bay available beneath the hatch-style rear glass is surprisingly convenient.

It's worth noting that in an age where engines are shedding cylinders and adding turbochargers to maintain output, the naturally aspirated V12 under the Rapide's hood has a personality and a voice like no other on the road today. You may find cars with higher output than the Rapide's 470 horsepower. You might be dissuaded by the Rapide's projected fuel economy. You might even find a louder engine, but none will raise goose bumps as quickly as the quad-cam, 48-valve 6.0-liter V12 does at full song. Like analog gauges and tube amplifiers, this engine is something special that might not be around much longer.

Overall, we're pretty smitten with the Rapide's unique nexus of old-world style, exacting craftsmanship, modern manufacturing techniques, comfort and agility. It might not be the ideal sedan in the strictest sense, but taking a drive up the coast in the 2012 Aston Martin Rapide would be a genuine occasion in itself, and not simply time lost en route.

Aston Martin Rapide models

The 2012 Aston Martin Rapide is a four-door four-passenger sedan with a hatchback-style trunk. Standard equipment includes 20-inch wheels, driver-adjustable adaptive dampers, a limited-slip differential, bi-xenon headlamps, front and rear parking sensors, front and rear automatic climate control, power front seats with memory functions, heated front and rear seats, a full leather interior, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth, a new Garmin-based navigation system and a 15-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system with a CD player, an iPod/USB audio interface, an auxiliary audio jack and satellite radio.

In addition to or replacing the above, the Rapide Luxe gets different wheels, standard ventilated front and rear seats, a secondary glass-trimmed key fob, glass switchgear, a rear-seat entertainment system, a six-piece custom-fit luggage set that matches the interior leather, and special paint and leather colors. Other than the switchgear, all of the Luxe equipment is available on the standard Rapide.

A rearview camera is also optional. Naturally, there's a rather large selection of colors to choose from, plus you can request any paint code Aston Martin or any other manufacturer has ever used. There are also plentiful interior trim types and leather hues available. Our favorite option: We know of no other carmaker that offers a wristwatch transponder that replaces the remote key fob. Of course, Aston Martin teamed with Swiss Jaeger-LeCoultre for this pricey James Bond-inspired accessory.

2012 Highlights

Manufacturing of the 2012 Aston Martin Rapide is moving from Austria to England. As for the car, it receives a new, easier-to-operate navigation system this year.

Performance & mpg

The rear-wheel-drive Aston Martin Rapide is powered by a 6.0-liter V12 good for 470 hp and 443 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic with paddle shifters is the only transmission available, and power is effectively put to the road through a limited-slip differential.

In Edmunds testing, the Rapide accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 5 seconds, which is certainly quick, but notably slower than luxury sport sedans like the supercharged Jaguar XJ, Mercedes CLS63 and Porsche Panamera Turbo. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 13 mpg city/19 mpg highway and 15 mpg combined.

Safety

The 2012 Aston Martin Rapide comes standard with antilock disc brakes, brake assist, stability and traction control, front side airbags, and four individual side curtain airbags. Front and rear parking sensors are also included. In testing, the Rapide braked to a standstill from 60 mph in just 107 feet. That's truly sports car territory.

Driving

Climb into the 2012 Aston Martin Rapide's snug driver seat and you might think you're actually in a DB9. Not only are the controls around you practically identical, but the way the car confidently takes a corner makes it feel like a tight sports car, not a luxury sedan. The two-position continuously variable dampers do an outstanding job providing a smooth, controlled ride as well. The automatic transmission is ultra-smooth, even in full-attack manual-shift mode where the shifts are markedly quicker. The electric-assist power steering is uncommonly good. Like most similar systems, it is extremely precise and friction-free, but the Rapide's also offers a sense of connected delicacy most do not. The classic V12 soundtrack is simply icing on the cake: incredible and intoxicating.

Because of the Rapide's long, low-slung body, there is an elevated risk of high centering on driveways. Owners simply must be mindful of their pretty Aston Martin's underbody and chin spoiler.

Interior

It's difficult to find a surface inside the 2012 Aston Martin Rapide that's not covered in velvety-soft impeccably stitched leather while wood, bamboo, piano-black or alloy trim (and even sapphire crystals) fill in the blanks. Regardless of surface or finish, all the materials are true to their nature and 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 (the tach spins counterclockwise), but it's off-putting to us. The speedometer also has such tiny numbers and a huge range that it's rendered practically useless. Luckily, there's a digital speedometer in the trip computer.

When it comes to day-to-day operation of the interior, easily deciphered buttons combine with a central LCD screen to create a more user-friendly and better-looking interface than in past Astons. Still, even with the new Garmin navigation system replacing the rubbish old unit, the Rapide's interior controls aren't as high-tech as those of competitors.

The driver seat is marvelously comfortable, with ample legroom and headroom for taller drivers. However, the low-slung seating position and coupelike greenhouse feel like those of a sporty GT rather than a traditional sedan. The backseat certainly offers more space than a GT coupe like the DB9, but it makes the Porsche Panamera feel like a stretch limousine. Headroom and legroom are limited, though there's still just enough space for a 6-footer. The bigger concern is the lack of hiproom caused by the transaxle's wide tunnel. In short, the Rapide can take a pair of couples out to dinner, but you wouldn't want to drive everyone to the Hamptons for the weekend. Luggage space grows from 14 cubic feet to a little more than 31 when both rear seatbacks are folded forward to create a flat cargo bay.

Scorecard

Overallundefined / 5

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2012 Aston Martin Rapide.

Average user rating: 5.0 stars
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    Most helpful consumer reviews

    5/5 stars, The best proportions of any car since XKE
    Mike Tierney,
    4dr Sedan (5.9L 12cyl 6A)
    The height, length and width proportions are exceptional. The interior is spacious (back seat is a little tight but works well) and beautifully crafted. I have had this car for over four years with no problems except a minor exhaust part. I have about 21000 miles of driving pleasure. It is beautiful to look at, has fantastic pipes and drives wonderfully. I bought the car used with 3500 miles. I have had my Rapide for five years and it is an outstanding vehicle. 23000 fun miles. No problems at all. Update 2/17. Car is still the best. It looks great and is a fun car to drive. Dynamic looks will keep it fresh for years to come. Prices have come down to a very affordable level. Still a magnificent car. Admirers always think it is a new model. Few people are familiar with the Rapide so that may be why it is thought of as a new model. Update 2/18. I like the car better than ever. It continues to perform wonderfully and it looks great. Prices for 2011, 2012 models are very reasonable. Update 2/19. No change. It is still the best looking car on the road. And the exhaust tone blows everything away. It is the envy of all the valets. Update 8/19. After owning this car for 8 years, I still enjoy every aspect of it. Absolutely no issues other than TPS system failure. I did buy new tires so I am not too concerned about monitoring the pressure.


    Features & Specs

    Base MSRP
    $207,895
    MPG & Fuel
    13 City / 19 Hwy / 15 Combined
    Fuel Tank Capacity: 23.9 gal. capacity
    Seating
    4 seats
    Drivetrain
    Type: rear wheel drive
    Transmission: 6-speed shiftable automatic
    Engine
    V12 cylinder
    Horsepower: 470 hp @ 6000 rpm
    Torque: 443 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm
    Basic Warranty
    3 yr./ unlimited mi.
    Dimensions
    Length: 197.6 in. / Height: 50.4 in. / Width: 75.9 in.
    Curb Weight: 4387 lbs.
    Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 14.0 cu.ft.


    FAQ

    Is the Aston Martin Rapide a good car?

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    How much should I pay for a 2012 Aston Martin Rapide?

    The least-expensive 2012 Aston Martin Rapide is the 2012 Aston Martin Rapide 4dr Sedan (5.9L 12cyl 6A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $207,895.

    Other versions include:

    • 4dr Sedan (5.9L 12cyl 6A) which starts at $207,895
    • Luxury 4dr Sedan (5.9L 12cyl 6A) which starts at $226,850
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    What are the different models of Aston Martin Rapide?

    If you're interested in the Aston Martin Rapide, the next question is, which Rapide model is right for you? Rapide variants include 4dr Sedan (5.9L 12cyl 6A), and Luxury 4dr Sedan (5.9L 12cyl 6A). For a full list of Rapide models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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    Used 2012 Aston Martin Rapide Overview

    The Used 2012 Aston Martin Rapide is offered in the following submodels: Rapide Sedan. Available styles include 4dr Sedan (5.9L 12cyl 6A), and Luxury 4dr Sedan (5.9L 12cyl 6A). The Used 2012 Aston Martin Rapide comes with rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed shiftable automatic. The Used 2012 Aston Martin Rapide comes with a 3 yr./ unlimited mi. basic warranty, a 3 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 3 yr./ unlimited mi. powertrain warranty.

    What do people think of the 2012 Aston Martin Rapide?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the Used 2012 Aston Martin Rapide and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the Used 2012 Rapide 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the Used 2012 Rapide.

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    Our Review Process

    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

    We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

    What's a good price for a New Used 2012 Aston Martin Rapide?

    Used 2012 Aston Martin Rapide 4dr Sedan (5.9L 12cyl 6A)

    The Used 2012 Aston Martin Rapide 4dr Sedan (5.9L 12cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $210,010. The average price paid for a new Used 2012 Aston Martin Rapide 4dr Sedan (5.9L 12cyl 6A) is trending $140,154 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $140,154 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $69,856.

    The average savings for the Used 2012 Aston Martin Rapide 4dr Sedan (5.9L 12cyl 6A) is 66.7% below the MSRP.

    Used 2012 Aston Martin Rapide Luxury 4dr Sedan (5.9L 12cyl 6A)

    The Used 2012 Aston Martin Rapide Luxury 4dr Sedan (5.9L 12cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $228,965. The average price paid for a new Used 2012 Aston Martin Rapide Luxury 4dr Sedan (5.9L 12cyl 6A) is trending $149,288 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $149,288 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $79,677.

    The average savings for the Used 2012 Aston Martin Rapide Luxury 4dr Sedan (5.9L 12cyl 6A) is 65.2% below the MSRP.

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    What is the MPG of a 2012 Aston Martin Rapide?

    2012 Aston Martin Rapide 4dr Sedan (5.9L 12cyl 6A), 6-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required)
    15 compined MPG,
    13 city MPG/19 highway MPG

    2012 Aston Martin Rapide Luxury 4dr Sedan (5.9L 12cyl 6A), 6-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required)
    15 compined MPG,
    13 city MPG/19 highway MPG

    EPA Est. MPG15
    Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
    Drive Trainrear wheel drive
    Displacement5.9 L
    Passenger Volume97.0 cu.ft.
    Wheelbase117.7 in.
    Length197.6 in.
    Width75.9 in.
    Height50.4 in.
    Curb Weight4387 lbs.

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