2014 Aston Martin Rapide Photo

2014 Aston Martin Rapide - Review


out of 10

Seldom have Aston Martin's road cars been about turning out top performance numbers; rather it’s built its name around producing some of the best grand-touring coupes in the world—ones with a surprisingly communicative driving experience crossed with a higher maturity level than anything from Ferrari or Lamborghini. And that's what you get in the 2014 Aston Martin Rapide S—with four doors.

Even before you climb in and start the engine, 'savagely beautiful' is one of the best ways to sum up the look and feel of the Rapide. The smooth, swept-back silhouette has the proportions of a true sports car—meaning that its hood is long, with the cabin hunkered back just ahead of the rear wheels. This year's changes actually serve to enhance that look. Aston's added a larger grille that moves rearward in a controlled fashion as part of those pedestrian impacts (or others, we imagine); yet with new aero work and a new rear lip spoiler, plus new wheels and a few other...

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