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The Rapid is a 4 door sports car which was released by the long-established British brand Aston Martin in the fall of 2009 and has been produced since 2010.
There are four doors, but it has a couper-like shape, and the driving performance and quality are the same as those of a two-door coupe. It is not a so-called old man's car. Think of it as a "a convenient sports car" with just two doors added to a 2-door coupe DB9. That's why CARZY, which specializes in two doors, allowed the listing.
In fact, the rear door is very convenient. It's very easy to throw in your bag or jacket when you want to carry people or even when you're alone. You can put the 2 doors on the same side as the driver's seat, so you can put them in and out very smartly.
In a big sports car like Aston Martin, it's actually a bit of a hassle to pick up the passenger's luggage and clothes and get away from the driver's seat. Once you get off, it's often faster to go around to the passenger seat, open the door, and pull out the luggage. So this + 2 door is the perfect sports car for everyday use, even if it's not for 4 people.
It's just a longer wheel base, but the rest is a large sports car with a good FR and 12 cylinder engine like DB9 of the same era. The performance level is a different dimension from, say, the four-door models around Maserati, Jaguar and Porsche, which are famous for their sport saloons, and it's a completely sports car. In other words, you can't expect the perfect ride feeling like a sedan with Rapid.
At the time of its debut, the Rapid was a 477 ps 6 liter V12 naturally aspirated engine with a 6 speed automatic. A face-lift to the RapidS in 2013 increased the maximum output to 558 ps. The 2015 model is 560 ps, and the automatic transmission is also 8 speed. The interior was completely renovated in 2016. In 2018, the last Aston Martin, Rapid AMR, equipped with a V12 naturally aspirated engine was introduced.
The final model, the Rapid AMR, has a peak output of 603 ps. One of AMR's distinctive features is its extravagant appearance, and only 210 units are available worldwide.
The full electronic Rapid E, which produces 155 units, is also attracting attention as a limited edition Rapid.
This is a luxurious model full of an aristocratic atmosphere, but the running character is sharp. Mounted very low on the front mid, the V12 engine continues to provide the driver with sensual big power. Handling is light and sharp. The response is natural and straightforward, and the car has a sense of unity with the feet ahead of the steering wheel, so it is a pure sports car that can be used with confidence despite its relatively large size.
vSurrounded by a wonderful exhaust notebook that echoes from the engine on, you can enjoy the agility of the handling and calm your mind with the occasional quiet cruise. It is an almost ideal sports car in terms of its convenience and diversity of sports cars.
|Jun Nishikawa’s Highlights!|
It's really Aston Martin, or rather, the official Rapid S imported car with the color coordination typical of British luxury cars. It's a TouchTronic 3, which is a 2015 model with 8 speed AT and has a small mileage. The odometer is 9000 kilometers and I think this is the time to enjoy Aston's most precious V12 NA.
Originally written by Jun Nishikawa
Photo by Yoshitada Moro
Published on August 2019
|Year of Purchase||Aug 2015|