2016 Aston Martin Rapide S Owners Manual – Some of the time it’s hard to make sense of why a car exists. Take the 2016 Aston Martin Rapide S, for example. Aston Martin is a brand known for cars that have two entryways. The Vantage. The Vanquish. The DB9. Then there are the classics: the DB5, DB6 and DBS. All of them cars or convertibles.
In fact, since the time this British brand’s first model was worked in 1914 it has specialized in open-top or swoopy-roofed vehicles. It wasn’t until 1974 – 60 years after the first Aston Martin was assembled – that the company took a stab at some different option from a two-entryway creation car.
The model that broke the dry season was the Lagonda, an ungainly looking thing by today’s standards, yet a sedan that was at the stature of style for now is the ideal time. This was around the same time the Leyland P76 came out, after all.
So for what reason does a four-entryway, four-seat model exist?
According to Aston Martin, the aim for the car – which has been updated extensively for 2016 – is “to reassert its situation as the world’s generally beautiful, and beautifully balanced, four-seat sports car”.
That’s a major claim. Think about the other four-seat sports cars on the market: Porsche 911; Ferrari FF; Bentley Continental; Maserati Granturismo. All of those just have two entryways. Then there are the four-(or five-) entryway rivals to consider: Audi RS6; Audi RS7; BMW M5; BMW M6; Mercedes-AMG CLS 63 S (Coupe and Shooting Brake); Porsche Panamera… The list goes on. And now there are even SUVs to fight with.
See, we could dismantle the claimed motivation behind the Aston Martin Rapide S all day, yet indeed it has something that most – if not all – of those cars have. It’s that Aston Martin-ness.
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2016 Aston Martin Rapide S Winged Badge
It may seem like somewhat of a cop-out, yet there really is something awe-motivating about the winged badge, the shapely grille and the cleared headlights. From front-on, it’s so smooth it would appear that a car, and the Ultramarine Black paintwork gleams in the sun… until you contact it, then it shows each dingy unique finger impression.
Side-on gives the impression of a long roadster, and the small rear entryways offer access to the extra basin seats. The rear-end is reminiscent of the Vantage and Virage, with boomerang-style lights and a planted rear-end.
Does it look the value that Aston Martin is asking – $382,500 in addition to on-road costs? We’ll leave that up to you, however without being funny, there are A LOT of other extravagant four-seaters you can purchase for that much cash. You might purchase two or three them, even.
Back to the Aston…
Under that long hat – it’s long for a reason – is a 5.9-liter V12 petroleum motor with 411kW of power (at 6650rpm) and 630Nm of force (at 5500rpm).