12. 2017 Aston Martin Rapide S – Singing Swan
The Aston-Martin Rapide S is the result of an audacious but simple equation: The DB9 + 2-doors. And as you can see, the result is absolutely gorgeous. This is arguably the most beautiful sedan out there. The design is pure and definitely awesome.
And it’s not only great to watch, it’s also great to drive. Yeah, to drive, that’s what makes the Rapide S so unique: it’s a luxury sedan you want to drive yourself, not like a Rolls-Royce Ghost or a Bentley Flying Spur.
The car is fitted with the latest evolution of the legendary 6.0L naturally aspirated V12 engine, which means 560hp, and a whopping 203mph top speed. The old TouchTronic 6-speed transmission has been kicked out, and replaced by the new and popular ZF 8-speed automatic, with sequential mode. The 0-62 time has slightly improved, from 5.2 seconds to 4.4! And the sound, the pure, beautiful, intense and unique note of the N/A V12. This sound will turn any trip to your local market into a romantic journey.
Unfortunately, the Rapide is going to be replaced in 2018 by a fully-electric variant in order to compete with the Tesla Model S.
All of this reminds us about Aston Martin’s motto: Power, beauty, and soul.