The 2012 Aston Martin Rapide Sedan is equipped with the Adaptive Damping System (ADS). The new suspension system Aston Martin uses gives the driver optimum handling regardless of road surfaces and weather conditions. The system automatically adapts to road conditions because it "reads" the road. The 2012 Aston Martin Rapide Sedan ADS has 5 settings for normal conditions and 5 settings for "sport" mode. Additional highlights for the 2012 Aston Martin Rapide Sedan include independent double wish bone front suspension with anti-dive geometry, coil springs, an anti-roll bar, and monotube adaptive dampers. The rear suspension is equipped with anti-lift and anti-squat geometry, an anti-roll bar, monotube adaptive dampers and independent double wish bones.
The rear wheel drive 2012 Aston Martin Rapide Sedan is equipped with a 5.9L V12 mid front mounted engine, which is capable of producing 470 horses and 443 foot pounds of torque. The 2012 Aston Martin Rapide Sedan goes from 0 to 60mph in about 5 seconds, according to the manufacturer. Although this is a fast acceleration time the Rapide Sedan comes in slower than some of its competitors, such as the Porsche Panamera Turbo and the supercharged Jaguar XJ.
The transmission in the 2012 Aston Martin Rapide Sedan is a rear mid mounted six-speed Touchtronic II gearbox with electronic shift by wire control system combined with an alloy torque tube with a carbon fiber propeller shaft, and limited slip differential.
The 2012 Aston Martin Rapide Sedan comes standard with front ventilated dual cast 390mm brakes with six piston monobloc calipers, and 360mm rear vented dual cast brakes with four piston monobloc calipers. The 2012 Aston Martin Rapide Sedan also comes standard with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Traction Control (TC), and an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS).
The interior surfaces of the Rapide Sedan are classic, elegant, and define luxury, as you would expect from an Aston Martin. The luxury leather interior, magnificent wood trim and crystal accentuate an already timeless and classic work of art.
The driver will revel in comfort and style in the 2012 Aston Martin Rapide Sedan. The Rapide has plenty of leg room and head room for the driver, and the seat hugs the driver with every movement. This magnificent sedan handles like an elite sports car, taking corners effortlessly, shifting flawlessly, steering with ease, and humming as the powerful V12 should. The 2012 Aston Martin Rapide base model is priced at $207,895 MSRP, with the Luxe edition coming in at $226, 850 MSRP.