RE: The Β£35k Aston Rapide | Spotted

RE: The Β£35k Aston Rapide | Spotted

Thursday 15th August

The £35k Aston Rapide | Spotted

One of the very last Rapide AMRs will cost you £200k; one of the very first costs less than a fifth of that



A decade is a long time for Aston Martin. Nowadays progress is almost non-stop, with plans afoot for hypercars, the Lagonda electric luxury program and considerable range expansion of the existing models. But when the Rapide arrived back in the spring of 2010, it was a huge moment for the brand.

It was the first four-door Aston since the original Lagonda (correct us if we're wrong), it was the first mainstream new model launch for the brand since the DBS of 2007 (again correct us if we're wrong) and it entered Aston into a previously unexplored sector. So yeah, a pretty big deal.

There was no escaping the Rapide's DB9 roots, in both its look and powertrain, which drew a bit of criticism at the time given the similarities that were already there with the Vantage, DBS and DB9. The sports car architecture also meant that the Rapide wasn't the most capacious of saloons, those more conventional four-doors from BMW and Mercedes offering more space for rear-seat passengers for less money.


Those verdicts all came in the harsh light of new group tests, though; assessment criteria arguably becomes a little less stringent once cars are a few years old. Or rather, we can all be a little softer on cars once they're secondhand and we covet one at the right money. So a car that was once a four-door with maybe not quite enough room can now be seen as a DB9 with a little more space, right? Furthermore, now the Aston design language has evolved, there's less of an issue with old models looking a bit too similar - and lots of cars looking similarly lovely isn't exactly the worst problem in the world. If secondhand use is a little more sparing than it would have been for the Rapide brand new, then the sub-par interior will be less of a concern, too.

Instead it means the focus can be on all the fantastic bits: that V12 that came to define a whole generation of Astons, responsive, energetic and so much more interesting than the turbocharged alternatives. The way the big Aston drives, too; don't forget, this was once a vehicle described by Autocar as having better refinement and steering than a Porsche Panamera, as well as handling "very close to a full-blown sporting GT". From a car five metres long. Again, its characteristics were similar to those found in other Astons, but who's complaining when it's this good?


And especially so when it's Β£35k. We've become used to cheap VH-era Astons, various DB9s and Vantages at temptingly low prices, but the Rapide - thanks to its later introduction, higher price and smaller numbers - has taken longer to drop down here. Look what you're getting for the Β£35k, too: a sensible (if predictable) black-on-black colour scheme, a mileage that averages out at 6k a year, an Aston service history and - while rather less tangible - the cool-factor that comes with driving around in a four-door Aston. That doesn't come with an M5 or E63.

While it would be nice to have the later Rapide S instead (chiefly because of the improved gearbox), those aren't available for less than Β£60k. Indeed, for those seduced by the Rapide's charms, it's hard to think of any suitable alternatives; there are plentiful M5s and E63s available for the money, newer and more capable but far more obvious. To a lesser extent that applies to the Jaguar XJR as well. A Porsche Panamera at Β£35k will actually be of the same age and not much less used than the Aston, as well as being nowhere near as nice to look at, and an equivalently priced Maserati Quattroporte will be newer - though arguably lacking the Rapide's desirability.

Of course, it almost goes without saying that maintaining this sort of six-figure list price desirability, super GT dynamism and prodigious performance isn't an affordable endeavour, but what an experience it promises to be. The next four-door Aston, as this was to the Lagonda, is going to be very, very different indeed; for those that like the concept - and it'd very easy to understand why - then there looks like no better time.


SPECIFICATION - ASTON MARTIN RAPIDE
Engine:
5,935cc, V12
Transmission: 6-speed automatic, rear-wheel drive
Power (hp): 470@6,000rpm
Torque (lb ft): 443@5,000rpm
CO2: 355g/km
MPG: 19
First registered: 2010
Recorded mileage: 62,000
Price new: Β£139,950
Yours for: Β£35,900

See the original advert here

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g7jhp

Original Poster:

5,990 posts

182 months

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Friend just bought one, with 23 in the PH classifieds it's quite exclusive.

An alternative to a Maserati Quattroporte.

I'll be a safe place to put your cash with low numbers and having some practicality.

Helicopter123

6,121 posts

100 months

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Iffy packaging and a dated cabin quickly forgotten when you start the engine or glance back at it.

This or a 320d people, which is it?

randlemarcus

11,771 posts

175 months

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Panamera warranty for 900ish per annum, or a Rapids warranty for £4k per annum? They both cost 35k now, buy neither are cheap cars...

Helicopter123

6,121 posts

100 months

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randlemarcus said:
Panamera warranty for 900ish per annum, or a Rapids warranty for £4k per annum? They both cost 35k now, buy neither are cheap cars...
Panamera the better car on any measure, but wouldn't you rather have that V12 in your life?

None of us married our wife's because they were cheap to run...

LordGrover

30,760 posts

156 months

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advert said:
"Topcars Are Proud To Present The Much Sort After Aston Martin Rapide..."
hehe

The Crack Fox

13,520 posts

136 months

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Helicopter123 said:
Panamera the better car on any measure, but wouldn't you rather have that V12 in your life?

None of us married our wife's because they were cheap to run...
Some of us were bankrupted and divorced a wife because of that.

This car sits in an odd place, price wise... Better Panamera for more, or flakier but way cooler Quattroporte for much less. Both of those options look more appealing than the Aston to me.

Sandpit Steve

223 posts

18 months

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That’s an awful lot of car for the money. Sure, the Panamera (or other German brand) is objectively the better car if all you’re going to do is sit in the back working, but the V12 makes the decision for me.

sidewinder500

79 posts

38 months

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Helicopter123 said:
None of us married our wife's because they were cheap to run...
This has to be the best quote for a long time...
Thanks for that

oilit

756 posts

122 months

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sidewinder500 said:
Helicopter123 said:
None of us married our wife's because they were cheap to run...
This has to be the best quote for a long time...
Thanks for that
You beat me to it - this should go into a new section on PH as best all time quotes.

ref: That’s an awful lot of car for the money. Sure, the Panamera (or other German brand) is objectively the better car if all you’re going to do is sit in the back working, but the V12 makes the decision for me

Hard to sit in the back of a Rapide or Panamera working for very long I suspect - esp if one is business class rotund.


cerb4.5lee

12,145 posts

124 months

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I've never got on with the looks of these(don't like the 4 doors), but its a hell of a lot of car for the money though. I can't believe how cheap they are now.

simonrockman

5,799 posts

199 months

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I've always thought the stretched look of the Rapide made the car look nicer than the DB9, and I remember the first time I saw a DB9 in the metal and having the reaction "my god that's beautiful".

The line "the Rapide wasn't the most capacious of saloons" is superb British understatement.

camel_landy

2,617 posts

127 months

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IMO - It has aged better than the Panamera.

M

CedricN

459 posts

89 months

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Helicopter123 said:
Panamera the better car on any measure, but wouldn't you rather have that V12 in your life?

None of us married our wife's because they were cheap to run...
She have a monthly income greater than mine at least, i assume the astons incomes will be fairly small smile

It just looks so good, compared to a same vintage panamera the porsche design looks like a joke. The potential running costs scare me though..

Jazzer77

999 posts

138 months

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sidewinder500 said:
Helicopter123 said:
None of us married our wife's because they were cheap to run...
This has to be the best quote for a long time...
Thanks for that
I'm stealing that quote also.

borat52

176 posts

152 months

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I’d take a still in warranty giulia quadrifoglio myself

MrGeoff

304 posts

116 months

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LordGrover said:
advert said:
"Topcars Are Proud To Present The Much Sort After Aston Martin Rapide..."
hehe
That did make me chuckle. In fact, the way the advert was written made me laugh. Don't Forget Those Capital Letters.

JJbing

20 posts

29 months

Thursday
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Been to see this exact car, the 1 owner was a smoker which isn't disclosed in the advert, perhaps is reflective of price. Shame.

mstrbkr

7,036 posts

142 months

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LordGrover said:
advert said:
"Topcars Are Proud To Present The Much Sort After Aston Martin Rapide..."
hehe
Love it, and also love every word starting with a capital letter.

gigglebug

1,191 posts

66 months

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JJbing said:
Been to see this exact car, the 1 owner was a smoker which isn't disclosed in the advert, perhaps is reflective of price. Shame.
That would put me off too and I have passed on cars which have obviously been smoked in but to be fair I've never personally seen an advert which has disclosed this information. I always check the ashtray/lighter and the tyres early on as these are usually good indicators of the cars past which don't often show up in the advert.

JJbing

20 posts

29 months

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gigglebug said:
That would put me off too and I have passed on cars which have obviously been smoked in but to be fair I've never personally seen an advert which has disclosed this information. I always check the ashtray/lighter and the tyres early on as these are usually good indicators of the cars past which don't often show up in the advert.
This is possibly the worst case I've ever smelt, it was actually uncomfortable sitting in it. The sales guy was nice enough, tried to tell me he could get rid of it, I've tried in previous cars. It's always there.