While a few will feel obscure, it is important to discuss whether to love or hate this car! I am not going to present any revelation, but instead rejig the things that cause a state of imbroglio after I drove this gorgeous V12 Rapide S.
The most beautiful four-door exotic sports sedan you will ever find!
Well, this car to me looks poetic and sharp at the same time. The Vanquish style grille and the fighter-jet like styling sure attract attention. The revised front end design is matched at the back by a striking new rear deck profile which includes a more pronounced boot lid ‘flip’. The aerodynamic and aesthetic upgrades both reinforce the sporting nature of new Rapide S. It is a fact that it looks striking from all angles and the Rapide S boasts of its lengthy 117.7 inches of wheelbase while I was wondering how spacious the car will be on the inside when I saw it for the first time!Our test car came with the frost white paint job and Aston Martin is offering infinite number of paint job options. Well, the most striking colour is red without doubt.
Every car in the Aston Martin line-up boasts of big numbers; be it in terms of power, torque or the price. The Rapide S houses a mighty 6 litre V12 which packs 550bhp of maximum power and 620Nm of peak torque. It can hit 60 mph in 4.2 seconds. Top speed is 203 mph.The starting price of the Rapide S is AED 937,000/-.
Our test car came with the special Bang and Olufsen which costs around 8000 dollars (INR 5 lakh). Standard on the 2017 model are cool 10-spoke alloy silver wheels, LED and electroluminescent lighting, hands-free entertainment and heated front- and rear seats, among other things.
How plush are the interiors?
The front side is typical Aston Martin with the obisidian black instrument cluster. The dashboard, steering and seats come with a Copper and Sahara Tan colour combination. In other words, we can call it brown leather. The stitching and quilting in this car is overloaded. At times it’s way too much for a sports sedan. The interiors are well built with top quality leather and other materials, but the comfort factor was missing. We have rear seat entertainment, hand rests and everything you need to get pampered by, but a Maybach for the same price will offer better comfort than the Rapide S.
What feels special is that even the rear seats feels like a jet cockpit, it feels less connected to other seats. The sloping roofline kills rear heardroom and the reason for the close quarters, of course, is that the designers at Aston Martin have ingeniously kept the car close to the same proportions as its two-door siblings.
How mad it is to drive?
Once when I spoke to Marek Reichman about the Vulcan, he said they don’t believe in supercharging or turbocharging. Aston Martin, as a brand, offer raw power in all their cars, while it might sound a bit out dated when the brand is not using the latest technologies which will help a 1.5 litre engine to generate over 400hp. Still following the basics and its classic! The pace with which the acceleration builds up is different. You can’t experience this kind of feeling in any Porsche/Mercedes. While everyone use turbos, Aston Martin still promises to deliver a special feeling with their cars. The driver involvement is so high in the Rapide S that we need to do a bit of work while in other cars the turbos and sensors do the job.
The Rapide S behind the wheel is a very angry car. The best part is the V12 noise which puts all the competition into shame. It makes a truly wondrous noise. The Rapide S is a great car to handle and you won’t ever feel odd about the length of the car and it feels nimble even around the corners. 550bhp of power goes all the way to the rear axles with LSD helping you unleash your inside devil when you get to drive alone and when needed; this car is pure show off material. You can play Travers Beynon around town with the Rapide S. The thunderous V12 sound track is to die for and thanks to Aston Martin for building such a raw family car! I am sure your spouse wouldn’t be much happy if you get her the Rapide S but hey it’s an Aston. The blend of power and handling is what people like me crave for. Even if a car isn’t as fast as a missile, the feel matters with how well the power is mixed with handling. In that case, the Rapide S is a superstar!
Do we have to think twice?
To be honest, yes. For a car that costs this much, we will have to think twice. This is some sort of family car for the James Bond. The Rapide S doesn’t score much stars in terms of comfort factor comparing it with the BMW, Porsche or Mercedes considering it is a four-door exotic sports sedan, but in terms of driving performance and handling, other manufacturers need to go back to their boardroom discussions and come up with something new. This is the best looking and best handling four-door exotic sports sedan ever. Period.
Aston Martin Rapide S specificationBody
|Length:||5020mm (inc. front number plate plinth)||Wheelbase:||2989mm|
|Width:||2140mm (inc. mirrors)||Fuel tank capacity:||90.5 litres (19.9 Imp.galls, 23.9 US galls)|
|November 11-12||MMSC FMSCI Indian National Dirt Track Championship – Round 3, Chennai/ Bangalore|
|November 11-13||FIA Formula One Brazil GP, Interlagos, Sao Paulo|
|November 11-13||FIA WTCC, Macau, China|
|November 11-13||FIM MotoGP, Valencia, Spain|
|November 12||Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Phoenix International Raceway, USA|
|November 11||Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series, Cocopah Speedway, Somerton, USA|
|November 11-12||The Classic Motor Show Sale, NEC Birmingham Arena|
Hennessey has taken the wraps of its latest hypermiler at the 2017 SEMA show - the Venom F5. It's aiming for the Bugatti Chiron, with a top speed of over 483kph.
It's an all-new design from ground-up, looks sleeker with more cuts and vents and curvier, more pronounced fenders. The all-new chassis and carbon-fibre body focuses on aerodynamics, helping the car to achieve the lowest possible drag, thanks to active aero.
It employs a 7.4-litre V8 with twin-turbochargers that produce 1600bhp - all of which is sent to the rear via a 7-speed single-clutch paddle-shift transmission. A kerb weight of just 1338kgs is quite a feat, thanks in part of completely carbon-fibre body and the light-weight chassis. 0-300kph is accomplished in less than a staggering 10 seconds.
“We’ve designed the F5 to be timeless so that in 25 years it will still have a level of performance and design that will be unmatched,” said John Hennessey, company Founder and CEO. “The F5 is an all new car, designed and built from the ground up, from the engine to the chassis. We expect the Venom F5, named for the most powerful tornado speed winds on the Fujita scale, to be the first road car capable of achieving more than 300 mph and have worked closely with Pennzoil to get us across the finish line.”
“Shell is fortunate to have forged technical and co-engineering alliances with some of the most revered automotive visionaries in the industry,” said Patty Lanning, Vice President of Marketing, Shell Lubricants. “Working hand-in-hand with Hennessey on one of the most stunning road cars we’ve seen has been an incredible experience. We share a passion for performance and know that Pennzoil will protect the F5’s engine through development and testing to production.”
Only 24 cars have been planned for production at the moment, with the boss of the company choosing the lucky customers, who'll have to shell out nothing short of $1.6 million each a piece.Deliveries are scheduled for 2019.