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The Ghost’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Rapide doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.
The Ghost has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Rapide doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.
The Ghost offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The system also pre-charges the brakes to begin deceleration more quickly. The Rapide doesn't offer a collision warning system.
The Ghost has standard PostCrash, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Rapide doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.
The Rolls-Royce Ghost has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Rapide doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.
An active infrared night vision system optional on the Ghost helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera and near-infrared lights to detect heat, the system then projects the image on the windshield, near the driver’s line of sight. The Rapide doesn’t offer a night vision system.
The Ghost’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Rapide doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.
The Ghost offers an optional Top-View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Rapide only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.
The Ghost’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Rapide doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
The Ghost has standard Rolls Royce Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Rapide doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.
Both the Ghost and the Rapide have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and rearview cameras.
The Rolls-Royce Ghost weighs 981 to 1278 pounds more than the Aston Martin Rapide. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.
The Ghost comes with a full 4-year/unlimited-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Rapide’s 3-year/unlimited-mile basic warranty expires 1 year sooner.
Rolls-Royce pays for scheduled maintenance on the Ghost for 4 years and unlimited miles. Rolls-Royce will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Aston Martin doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Rapide.
To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Ghost has a standard 210-amp alternator. The Rapide’s 200-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.
The Ghost’s standard 6.6 turbo V12 produces 140 lbs.-ft. more torque (605 vs. 465) than the Rapide’s 5.9 DOHC V12. The Ghost Black Badge’s standard 6.6 turbo V12 produces 23 more horsepower (603 vs. 580) and 155 lbs.-ft. more torque (620 vs. 465) than the Rapide’s 5.9 DOHC V12.
For better stopping power the Ghost’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Rapide:
For better traction, the Ghost has larger standard tires than the Rapide (255/50R19 vs. 245/40R20). The Ghost’s front tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Rapide (255/40R21 vs. 245/40R20).
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Ghost has standard 21-inch wheels. The Rapide’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.
Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the Ghost can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Rapide doesn’t offer run-flat tires.
The Ghost has active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Rapide doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.
The front and rear suspension of the Ghost uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Rapide, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.
The Ghost offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Aston Martin doesn’t offer an active suspension on the Rapide.
The Ghost has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Rapide doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Ghost’s wheelbase is 12 inches longer than on the Rapide (129.7 inches vs. 117.7 inches). The Ghost Extended Wheelbase’s wheelbase is 18.7 inches longer than on the Rapide (136.4 inches vs. 117.7 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Ghost is 1.3 inches wider in the front and 1.8 inches wider in the rear than on the Rapide.
Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Ghost a Large car, while the Rapide is rated a Subcompact.
The Ghost has standard seating for 5 passengers; the Rapide can only carry 4.
The Ghost has 28 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Rapide (111 vs. 83).
The Ghost has 3.9 inches more front headroom, 4.6 inches more front shoulder room, 2.1 inches more rear headroom, 12.2 inches more rear legroom and 3.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Rapide.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Ghost’s available rear seats recline. The Rapide’s rear seats don’t recline.
With its sedan body style, valet key and remote trunk release lockout, the Ghost offers cargo security. The Rapide’s hatchback body style, non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.
A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Ghost. The Rapide doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.
To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Ghost has a standard power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or optionally by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The Rapide doesn’t offer a power liftgate.
A maintenance reminder system is standard on the Ghost to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals based on actual driving conditions. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Aston Martin doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the Rapide.
The Ghost’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Rapide doesn’t offer an easy entry system.
The Ghost offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Rapide doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
The Push Button Start standard on the Ghost allows you to start the engine without removing a key from pocket or purse (optional Comfort Entry System will also allow unlocking the doors and trunk without taking your keys out). The Aston Martin Rapide doesn’t offer an advanced key system.
Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Ghost to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Rapide doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.
In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Ghost has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Rapide doesn’t offer headlight washers.
While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Ghost detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Rapide doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.
To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Ghost has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Rapide doesn’t offer cornering lights.
The Ghost has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Rapide offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.
The Ghost’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Rapide doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.
To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Ghost offers an optional Active Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Rapide doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.
With standard voice command, the Ghost offers the driver hands free control of the radio, climate controls and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Rapide doesn’t offer a voice control system.
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