2015 Aston Martin Rapide vs. Its Competition

2015 Aston Martin Rapide S
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

The Rapide S has much in the way of potential competition and little in the way of a direct rival.

The Maserati Quattroporte packs plenty of style, but it’s of the Italian variety, rather than sleek British refinement.

The Porsche Panamera is an incredibly good driver’s luxury sedan, with a large and comfortable back seat, but it lacks the Rapide’s gorgeous lines.

Mercedes-Benz’s CLS Class is perhaps the most direct rival to the Rapide S, and in AMG trim, it’s every bit as impressive to drive—but again, styling is more aggressive and in-your-face than the Rapide’s elegance.

There’s always the Bentley Continental Flying Spur, of course, which delivers on the refinement and style fronts, but in a much heavier, bulkier package.

Then Ferrari’s FF steps in as the odd choice, far more expensive and even more confining in the rear seat, but boasting incredible performance and equally drop-dead gorgeous looks.

2015 Aston Martin Rapide S2015 Aston Martin Rapide
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Quick Specs
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Stunningly styled, breathtakingly fast, and oozing British refinement, the 2015 Aston Martin Rapide S is a truly remarkable sedan.
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The 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class looks better than ever, offers upgraded tech and safety, and continues to post impressive performance.
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The 2015 Porsche Panamera keeps delivering its phenomenal balance of utility, luxury, and performance.
All the practicality in the 2015 Ferrari FF is genuine, but most will buy it for what's unique—its shape, its drive system, and its badge.
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The 2015 Maserati Quattroporte offers a selection of strong twin-turbo engines and a bold look, inside and out, as well as available an available all-weather-capable all-wheel-drive system.
MSRP From    
$203,295$65,990$78,100$295,000$106,900
Gas Mileage    
14 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 16 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Premium Unleaded V-12Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-12Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6
EPA Class    
Subcompact CarsCompact CarsLarge CarsMid-Size CarsLarge Cars
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan Automatic4-Door Sedan CLS 400 RWD4-Door HB2-Door HB4-Door Sedan Quattroporte S Q4
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
44445
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
SedanSedanHatchbackWagonSedan
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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