The Rapide's steering, which uses a hydraulic rack, offers excellent feel and accuracy. This helps to mark the Aston aside from the vast majority of luxury cars.

A Porsche Panamera’s rack is heavier in feel perhaps, but doesn’t contain such linear, predictable response, while you can forget any of the rest as a comparison: “The Rapide remains a sports car at heart”, Aston told us, and when it comes to the way it steers, we know what they mean.

Its balance is very neutral, erring just towards understeer on a steady throttle

Its ride isn’t too far removed from that of most luxury cars, though. There are now three, rather than two, stages to the adaptive damping system, but the standard, softest setting is fine in virtually all conditions. It keeps respectably tight check of body movements but also rounds the worst bumps away.

Again, it’s a price to pay for the excellent inherent balance that the Aston’s chassis possesses. No other five-metre long car flows in the way it does, composed and controlled and with well-honed damping and steering.

The control weights are all absolutely spot on, too, which all goes to make the Aston Martin Rapide S a particularly easy and rewarding car to drive at any speeds.

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