Aston Martin Rapide is the English super car maker’s entrant into the four door high luxury segment market. The Rapide features a unique passenger arrangement and a pair of rear doors. Originally introduced as a concept at the 2006 NAIS in Detroit, a further refined Rapide production concept debuted at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show with road going versions released in early 2010.
The Rapide is powered by Aston’s 6.0 Liter V12 lifted directly from the DB9, and makes 470 HP and 443 lb-ft of torque just like the coupe, not to mention that it will take the $200,000 super sedan from 0 to 60 MPH in just 5.1 seconds and reach a top speed estimated to be around 188 MPH.
People are talking about a more powerful version of the Aston Martin Rapide ever since the standard model was dropped onto the market in 2010. In the past few months, the new Rapide S has been caught testing a few times, and now it has finally made its world debut.
The new Rapide S replaces the old Rapide in the company’s lineup and has been described as “the most powerful four-door Aston Martin to date.” The model is powered by an improved version of the new AM11 naturally aspirated 6.0-litre V-12 powerplant that adds in some extra ponies.
Along with the engine improvement, the Rapide S will receive a revised front grille and rear lip spoiler. There is also an optional Carbon Exterior Pack that further improves the sporty appearance of the luxury sedan.
The new Aston Martin Rapide S will be put on sale next month.
When compared to the previous model, in the new Rapide S’ engine has been lowered by 19 millimeters (0.74 inches), so a few changes were required in the car’s exterior look. These updates include a new bonnet, new front bumper construction and new grille.
Aston Martin is also offering an optional Carbon Exterior Pack which includes front splitter, rear diffuser, mirror caps and rear lamp infills made of carbon fiber. For the interior, Aston Martin is offering new luxury and sports-orientated options, starting with a new piano black interior pack that adds a mirror-like shine to the fascia, transmission tunnel center plate and door handles. These new elements have been combined with darker surrounds in the instrument binnacle and steering wheel with black horn-push surrounds.
There is also an optional duo-tone combination of perforated red-and-black leather. The rear seats can be folded at the push of a button and they allow increased load space.
On the exterior and the interior changes are quite limited, but there are tons of updates under the hood. In here, Aston Martin placed a new version of the new AM11 naturally-aspirated 6.0-liter V-12 engine that delivers 17 percent more horsepower and 3 percent more torque than the previous version.
As a result, customers will now enjoy a total of 558 horsepower at 6,750 rpm and a peak torque of 457 pound-feet delivered at 5,000 rpm. Thanks to the extra 81 horsepower, the new Rapide S will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds (down from 5.2 seconds) and will go up to a top speed of 190 mph.
The improved V-12 engine received CNC-machined combustion chambers and dual variable camshaft timing, knock sensing, and a fully catalyzed stainless steel exhaust system.
The model has also received an improved dynamic stability control (DSC), which now offers three distinct settings: “Normal,” “Sport” and “Track.” These three settings are determined by an electronic control unit which takes sensor readings from the car’s systems, including throttle position, brake position, steering wheel rotation and vehicle speed.
The new Aston Martin Rapide S will be put on sale through the brand’s 146 dealers worldwide next month. Prices will be announced at a later date.
Thanks to the extra 81 horsepower, the new Aston Martin Rapide S has moved upmarket and it now targets high-end version of the previous Rapide competitors. For example, the new Rapide S has been put next to the Porsche Panamera Turbo S. The German model is powered by a 4.8-liter, V-8 biturbo engine that produces 550 horsepower and a peak torque of 553 pound-feet. It can hit the same top speed of 190 mph, but it sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds. As you can see, the Rapide S hangs in total power and luxury, but in terms of acceleration, you just can’t beat the Porsche.
It can also be consider a serious competitor for the Mercedes CLS 63 AMG, a model powered by a 5.5-liter V-8 biturbo engine that delivers 525 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. The problem with the Mercedes model is that from factory it comes with a top speed limited to only 155 mph, but it is a little bit faster from 0 to 60 mph: 4.4 seconds. A slightly closer competition than the Porsche, but the Benz still wins out in acceleration.
The final decision on who wins out can’t be determined until Aston Martin releases the final pricing for the Rapide S.
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