The iconic British carmaker’s new luxury GT has been sympathetically redesigned and re-engineered to reassert its position as the world’s most beautiful, and beautifully balanced, four-seater sports car.
Aside from the extensive design and engineering improvements, the luxurious new Rapide S replaces the outgoing Rapide.
Still instantly recognisable as an Aston Martin, of course, the new Rapide S now boasts an imposing and assertive new face, created by virtue of the impressive and striking new full grille.
Imbuing the new car with an even more sporting, forceful demeanour, the revised front-end design is matched at the back by a striking new rear deck profile which includes a more pronounced boot lid flip. The aerodynamic and aesthetic upgrades both reinforce the sporting nature of new Rapide S and work to counteract lift at higher speeds.
Changes under its skin are comprehensive, with a version of the new AM11 naturally-aspirated 6.0-litre V12 power plant delivering unprecedented power and improved in-gear acceleration.
Power from the new engine jumps to a substantial 410kW at 6 750rpm and peak torque increases, too, up from 600Nm to 620Nm at 5 000rpm. Naturally, increases in power and torque lead to even swifter performance as befits a four-door sports car. New Rapide S shaves 0.3 seconds off its 0-100km/h time, which drops from the 5.2 seconds of the current car to just 4.9 seconds for the new model.
The 5 935cc naturally-aspirated V12 boasts race car technology – developments derived directly from Aston Martin Racing’s successful WEC GT campaign – to maximise both performance and efficiency. The new AM11 engine thus boasts fully CNC-machined combustion chambers and lighter, hollow, camshafts.
As luxurious as it is thrilling, the new car now boasts a host of luxury or sports-orientated options, allowing buyers to more precisely tailor the car to their specific style.
The new optional Carbon Exterior Pack, for instance, immediately dials up the Rapide’s sporting attitude. Front splitter, rear diffuser and mirror caps, all fashioned from carbon fibre.
More pronounced luxury, on the other hand, comes from the new piano black interior pack that adds a deep, rich, mirror-like shine to the facia, transmission tunnel centre plate and door handles of the Rapide S. A darker surround in the instrument binnacle and steering wheel with black horn-push surround round off the pack’s sumptuous additions. Luxurious blend head-linings in either tan or grey emphasise the luxury still further inside.