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Christopher Bruce2012-08-03 18:32:51

Aston Martin Rapide Being Refreshed and Getting Power Upgrade

The Rapide has been on sale since 2010

The Aston MartinAston MartinAston MartinUnited Kingdom, 1914 > present62 models
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24 videos
RapideRapideAston Martin RapideUnited Kingdom, 2010 > present11 versions
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has been spotted testing in Europe with a revised front end and a suspected power increase under the hood. The updated car will likely go on sale in about six months. 

The updates to the Rapide will be limited to just slight updates to the front and rear bumper. To the untrained eye, the car will look nearly identical. 

The bigger news is the power upgrade that the Rapide will almost certainly get. Its 470hp is already out-classed by the CLS63 AMGCLS 63 AMGMercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMGGermany, 2011 > present6 photos
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and Porsche Panamera TurboPanamera Turbo PDKPorsche Panamera Turbo PDKGermany, 2009 > present3 photos
and Turbo SPanamera Turbo S PDKPorsche Panamera Turbo S PDKGermany, 2011 > present12 photos
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. The new version will likely get the 510ps version of the 6.0-liter V12 that was in the outgoing DBS. Given that that Rapide already uses the 6.0-liter V12, it should be a relatively easy but useful update.

Source: Motor Authority

Encyclopedia
Aston MartinAston Martin
RapideRapide
RapideRapide
Engine
V 12
Displacement
362 cu in
Top Speed
188 mph
Transmission
6, Automatic
Maximum power
470 hp @ 6000 rpm
Type
Fastback
Fuel
Petrol
Fuel consumption (combined)
15.79 US MPG
price
$ 197.850
annual ownership cost
$ 5.021

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