2017 Aston Martin Rapide vs. Its Competition

2017 Aston Martin Rapide S
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

Despite its supercar status, the Aston Martin Rapide S has many direct and indirect competitors.

The Porsche Panamera is all-new for 2017 and includes the latest in technology and styling.

The Panamera can approach the Rapide S in price, but only for a fully decked model with just about everything.

The Mercedes-Benz CLS class can't touch the growl from the Aston's V-12, but its twin-turbo V-8 in AMG guise is just as loud and fast.

The Audi A7 is an approachable "four-door coupe" for luxury buyers looking to keep the price below six figures, and just as gorgeous, we say.

Maserati's potent powertrain is just as legendary as the Aston V-12, but little else on the Q-Porte stacks up to the Rapide.

BMW M6 Gran Coupe buyers may be tempted by the Rapide's shape, but the M6 is a little more spacious inside—and about $80,000 less expensive.

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Quick Specs
The 2017 Aston Martin Rapide S is a stunning sedan and a relative rarity on U.S. roads compared to rivals from Porsche and Mercedes-Benz.
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The 2017 Audi A7’s combination of sexy exterior style and healthy interior practicality make for a grand touring luxury sedan par excellence.
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The 2017 BMW 6-Series is a luxurious jack of all trades (speed, style, comfort, and quality) but a master of one: grand touring.
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The 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class is the first of its kind and in need of a makeover. It's still timeless, but it's also time for what's next.
With better looks, more efficient and powerful engines, and a less cluttered interior, the 2017 Porsche Panamera promises to be a better carn than the fun sport sedan it's always been.
The 2017 Maserati Quattroporte doesn't ruin what we always liked: beautiful lines, Ferrari heart. Thanks for that.
MSRP From     
$204,950$68,800$77,600$74,850$85,000$103,400
Gas Mileage     
14 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Premium Unleaded V-12Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6
EPA Class     
Subcompact CarsMid-Size CarsSubcompact CarsCompact CarsLarge CarsLarge Cars
Style Name     
Shadow Edition 4 Door3.0 TFSI Prestige640i CoupeCLS 550 CoupeRWDS 3.0L
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
454445
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sedanquattro SportbackCoupeSedanHatchbackSedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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