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Aston Martin Rapide S

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A STRIKING silhouette, the stunning Aston Martin Rapide S combines beauty and power in an elegant four-door machine.

Still distinctly recognisable as a Rapide S but sporting a new face to give the car a 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 to add to the sporting nature of the new Rapide S.

With a perfect blend of luxury, style and sporty performance, this car isn’t only visually appealing it’s powerful, as well, thanks to its 6.0-litre V12 powertrain. Producing some 410kW of power and 620Nm of torque, the new Rapide S shaves 0.3 seconds off its 0-100km/h time and will now take a mere 4.9 seconds to reach a top speed of 305km/h.

The engine is even more efficient. Despite the very significant increase in peak power and torque, the Rapide S is appreciably more economical than before. CO2 emissions drop by seven percent – from 355g/km to 332g/km – while fuel economy now stands at 11.8 litres/100km.

Performance is the name of the game and Aston Martin engineers have worked to revise the car’s Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) in line with its significant increases in both power and torque.

The new system now offers three distinct settings: Normal, Sport and Track, with the character of each being tailored to the nature of Rapide S.

With as much luxury as thrills, the new sports orientated cabin with luxurious touches, offers drivers and passengers the best of both worlds.

As would be expected of a modern Aston Martin, handcrafting is the order of the day in the Rapide S with the standard-fit pure glass transmission selector switches in the centre console. This is one small (yet important) example of the truly authentic, bespoke nature of the car’s cabin.


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