2014 Aston Martin Rapide vs. Its Competition

2014 Aston Martin Rapide S
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

Competition for the Rapide S tends to span toward cars that are flat-out fast, and those that add a little more plushness and luxury, yet there are none that are quite as much like a sports car, or a coupe, as the Rapide.

The Porsche Panamera is likely one of the most common cross-shops; it has a much roomier backseat that's easy to get into, yet it drives more like a traditional large sedan—quicker than the Rapide, but not as sharp-handling.

The new Maserati Quattroporte is likely one of the toughest new competitors; while we haven't yet driven it, early drives have suggested it's more of a driver's car than before, with a vastly upgraded interior.

In the other direction is the Bentley Flying Spur.

Its driving experience is a little more detached, but there's more attention paid to long-distance comfort and customization.

Some might consider the Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG, which offers straight-line performance that's in the same ballpark, but forget about exclusivity as it looks like lower-trim CLS Class models.

The Ferrari FF is another possibility, but its odd all-wheel-drive layout, very confining 2+2 backseat layout, and very long wait times to even get one make it an outlier in this class.

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Quick Specs
8.4
With the 2014 Rapide S, Aston Martin delivers an exclusive classic touring-car design with quintessentially British styling, and the sharp, balanced driving experience of a sports car.
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The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS retains its fashion-forward look, while adding efficiency and, in AMG form, even more impressive performance.
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The 2014 Porsche Panamera adds to the desirability of an already heady mix of performance, style, and functionality.
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The 2014 Bentley Flying Spur has lost none of its continental appeal, despite the name change.
The 2013 Ferrari FF is unique in its class, and offers ample power and style for the well-heeled traveler.
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The 2013 Maserati Quattroporte performs with some of the verve of a sports car, and aims to make new converts from those who drive stodgy luxury cars.
MSRP From     
N/A$72,100$78,100$200,500$295,000$127,750
Gas Mileage     
16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 16 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy
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