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2011 Aston Martin Rapide - Review


out of 10

Aston Martin's first four-door has been a universal hit with press and owners alike. That's a stellar achievement for a first try, but then you might expect such on-the-money success from a brand that has been building some of the finest sports cars in the world for most of a century. MotorAuthority has driven the Rapide and classes it as it's pitched by CEO Ulrich Bez: the only true four-door sports car in the world. That earns it a rating of 9 out of 10.

Based on the DB9 range, the Rapide is nonetheless its own creature. Wearing unique lines for a four-door, from some angles, it's hard to tell it's not a two-door coupe despite its length. The proportions are at once pure modern Aston Martin and completely unique. Inside, the design continues its top-notch appeal, with a more conservative style that soothes rather than shocks the occupants into appreciation.

Powered by Aston's familiar 6.0-liter V-12 engine, the Rapide generates 470 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. That's...

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