There’s no question that the Aston Martin Rapide is vastly more expensive than its most obvious rival from Porsche. In this case the test car had just two optional extras fitted: cooled rear seats and twin TV screens mounted in the backs of the front seats.
Other than those options, the only other boxes you can tick when specifying your Rapide surround trim and colour. As you’d expect, there’s a wide choice of wood, wheels, luggage and even child seats. Or you could opt for the Rapide Luxe, which gets you the ventilated seats and entertainment system plus a six-piece cream truffle luggage set and a car cover.
Depreciation figures suggest that proportionally it will hold its value better than the Porsche, you are still looking at a drop of more than £60k in two years.
And at 355g/km with average fuel consumption well below 20mpg, the daily running costs aren’t likely to be low, either. Then again, you don’t buy an Aston Martin to count the pennies, and the Rapide is no worse than the equivalent Maserati, Bentley or Mercedes, even if it isn’t able to match the ecological credentials of the Panamera.