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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|2014 Aston Martin RapideBrowse Used Listings||2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS ClassBrowse Used Listings||2014 Porsche PanameraBrowse Used Listings||2014 Bentley Continental Flying SpurBrowse Used Listings||2013 Ferrari FFBrowse Used Listings||2013 Maserati QuattroporteBrowse Used Listings|
|13 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy||11 MPG City / 16 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy|
|Premium Unleaded V-12||Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8||Premium Unleaded V-6||Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded W-12||Gas V12||Gas V8|
|Subcompact Cars||Compact Cars||Large Cars||Mid-Size Cars||Mid-Size Cars||Large Cars|
|4-Door Sedan S Automatic||4-Door Sedan CLS 550 RWD||4-Door HB||4-Door Sedan||2-Door HB||4-Door Sedan Quattroporte S|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Auto-Shift Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic w/manual shift|
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