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Christopher Bruce2013-01-23 12:51:44

Aston Martin Boosts Rapide Power in New S Model

Will replace Rapide in most markets

 
 
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The latest Rapide S packs more power and a new look

As expected, is updating its RapideRapideAston Martin RapideUnited Kingdom, 2010 > present11 versions
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with a power boost and style upgrade for the new Rapide S model that will replace the standard car in most markets.

The biggest change for the Rapide S is that the 6.0-liter V12 gets a major upgrade to 558ps (550hp). That is an 80hp improvement over the current car. The engine is Aston Martin’s latest AM11 unit, and it increases torque to 620Nm, compared to 600Nm in the current model.

The upgraded engine moves the Rapide S to 100km/h in 4.9 seconds, which is 0.3 seconds faster than the current car. The top speed ticks up to 190mph, 2.5mph faster.

Even with the extra power, the CO2 emissions fall to 332g/km of CO2 from 355g/km of CO2. It is rated at 16.57mpg US (19.9mpg UK or 14l/100km).

Handling should be improved slightly as well. The V12 sits 19mm lower than in the current version. Aston Martin claims it gives the Rapide S more direct turn-in. It also has adaptive dampers and a retuned stability control system for further improvements.

The updated car wears a new grill that covers the center support, which makes it look more aggressive. The rear gets a more pronounced lift. The new front end is not all about style though. It has been reformed and lowered to comply with EU pedestrian protection rules. The new grill design allows it to move rearward in an accident to keep pedestrians safer.

Inside, the cars get piano black trim, darker instrument surround and either tan or grey headliner. 

"It is a four-door sports car that uniquely combines luxury, style and sporting excitement in Aston Martin’s most flexible and accommodating silhouette. Purity of proportion and exceptional elegance are mixed with truly sensational dynamic performance – this is the four-door sports car in its most versatile form," said Aston Martin CEO Dr. Ulrich Bez.

Aston Martin has added an optional Carbon Exterior Pack to the Rapide S that outfits the front splitter, rear diffuser, mirror caps and interior area of the taillights in carbon fiber. Duotone perforated red and black leather seats are also an option.  Some markets will also get an optional reverse camera and optional two-screen rear entertainment system

The Rapide S will be on sale worldwide in February.

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Aston MartinAston Martin
RapideRapide
Rapide SRapide S
Engine
V 12
Displacement
362 cu in
Top Speed
190 mph
Transmission
6, Automatic
Maximum power
558 hp @ 6750 rpm
Type
Fixed-head coupé
Fuel
Petrol
Fuel consumption (combined)
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price
$ 391.798
* based on Portugal prices
annual ownership cost
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