2011 Aston Martin Rapide quick drive: Brit luxury sports car for four

2010 Aston Martin Rapide selected specifications, as tested
Layout Front engine/rear-wheel drive, unitbody 4-seat sedan
Engine 6.0L/470 hp DOHC 32-valve V-12
Displacement, cc 5935
Compression ratio 10.9:1
Material, block / head aluminum / aluminum
Fuel delivery sequential fuel injection
Horsepower @ rpm 470 @ 6000
Torque, lb-ft @ rpm 443 @ 5000
Recommended fuel premium unleaded
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Suspension, f / r double wishbone / double wishbone
Steering, type rack-and-pinion speed-sensitive power steering
Turning circle, ft. n.a.
Brakes, type Front and rear disc brakes
Rotor diameter, in., f / r 15.35 / 14.17
Wheels, size,  type 20-in., aluminum
Tires, size, type, f/r 245/40R20 / 295/35R20, Bridgestone Potenza
Dimensions & capacities
Length, in. 197.6
Width, in. 84.3 (w/ mirrors)
Height, in. 53.5
Wheelbase, in. 117.7
Ground clearance, in. n.a.
Curb weight, lbs 4,387
Cargo volume, cu. ft., min / max 11.2
Fuel tank, gal. 23.9
Trailer towing max, lb. are you kidding?
Performance
0-60 mph, sec. 5.0
Top speed, mph 88
Fuel econ., EPA city / hwy, mpg 13 / 20 est.
Fuel econ., observed, mpg n.a.
2010 Aston Martin Rapide prices and specifications
Base price $199,950
Interior: Full grain leather interior, walnut fascia trim, auto-dimming interior mirror w/ garage door opener, power front seats and mirrors w/ memory, heated front and rear seats, automatic front and rear temperature controls, organic electroluminescent (OEL) displays, LED map lamps and ambient lighting, trip computer, cruise control, navigation, Bluetooth, satellite radio, powerfold exterior mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, keyless entry and start, “boot mounted umbrella”, electric parking brake std
Safety: Front/front side/side curtain airbags, stability control, anti-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, traction control, hydraulic brake assist, positive torque control std
In car entertainment: 1000w Bang & Olufsen  audio w/ ICEpower technology, integrated Apple iPod connector4, USB connector w/ Waveform Audio Format (WAF), WMA and MP3, 3.5 mm auxiliary input socket std
Exterior: Bi-Xenon headlamps w/ integrated LED side lights and turn signals, LED rear lamps std
Rear seat entertainment system 3,400
Hardly Green exterior finish no charge
All Aston Martin Rapides are special order allowing a bewildering number of specific combinations of many standard Aston Martin finishes and trim