This is the Aston Martin Rapide S that will replace the Rapide in markets worldwide. More luxury and more power to reassert its position as the world’s most beautiful, and beautifully balanced, four-seat sports car, says Aston. We’re not sure if the bigger mouth and more pronounced boot lid flip improve the Rapide’s looks, though.
Under that long hood is a version of the new AM11 naturally-aspirated 6.0 litre V12 with improved in-gear acceleration and power, which is up by 17%, or 81 PS to 558 PS at 6,750 rpm. Peak torque is up from 600 Nm to 620 Nm at 5,000 rpm. There’s more low end grunt too, as pulling power rises by more than 40 Nm between idle and 4,000 rpm with an additional 50 Nm available at 2,500 rpm.
Naturally, the figures bring swifter performance. The Rapide S shaves three tenths off its 0-100 km/h time, from 5.2 seconds to 4.9 seconds. Top speed stands at 306 km/h.
The V12 boasts race car tech – developments derived directly from Aston Martin Racing’s successful WEC GT campaign include fully CNC machined combustion chambers and lighter, hollow, cam shafts. The engine has been lowered by 19 mm versus the position of the powerplant in the original Rapide, with a corresponding reduction in centre of gravity.
Despite the increase in peak power and torque, the Rapide S is more economical than before. CO2 emissions drop by 7% – from 355 g/km to 332 g/km – while fuel economy now stands at 7.1 km/l on the official EU combined cycle.
The Rapide S benefits from the latest Gen4 iteration of Aston’s Adaptive Damping System (ADS), which now offers three distinct settings: Normal, Sport and Track. The damper settings are determined by an ECU which takes readings from the car’s systems, including throttle position, brake position, steering wheel rotation and vehicle speed.
For looks, there’s a new optional Carbon Exterior Pack which gives the front splitter, rear diffuser, mirror caps and rear lamp infills the CF look.
Inside, you’ll find new piano black trim, a darker surround in the instrument binnacle and steering wheel with black horn-push surround. The pics here also feature the optional duotone perforated red and black leather.