Aston Martin, the British luxury sports car manufacturer, has revealed the new Rapide S, asserting the sports character of their four door coupe. Aston Martin says, ” The new luxury GT has been sympathetically redesigned and painstakingly re-engineered to reassert its position as the world’s most beautiful, and beautifully balanced, four-seat sports car.” Deliveries of the new Rapide S will begin next month and prices will be revealed close to sale date.
The more refined Rapide S will replace the Rapide in global markets. Changes that set the difference, include a new full grille, revised front end design, , new rear deck profile, , more pronounced boot lid ‘flip’, and aerodynamic and aesthatic upgrades, whill will maintain the car even more firmly on the road. Speaking about power and torque, the new AM11 naturally-aspirated 6.0-litre V12 engine of the Raide S now delivers 558 PS, a massive increase of 81 PS while the torque is increased by 20 Nm to 620 Nm.
The new engine is also more efficient now. It delivers 19.9 mpg (7.04 kmpl) with CO2 emissions reduced from 355 g/km to 332 g/km. Apart from these changes, Aston Martin Rapide S now features hi-tech Adaptive Damping System (ADS), a system which offers three distinct settings: ‘Normal’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Track’. Speaking about its interoirs, the new Aston Martin Rapide S comes with new piano black interior pack which gives a distinct shine to the facia, transmission tunnel centre plate and door handles of the Rapide S.
Head of Product Development at Aston Martin, Ian Minards, explains: “Growing the power in a luxury sports car is all very well, but maximising control and ‘usability’ of that increased power is, just as much, the engineers’ challenge. Balance, poise and control are the keys to a successful sports car and the dynamic improvements we have made with Rapide S showcase our efforts to make this not just the most beautiful, but also the most beautifully balanced, car in its class. Transmission calibration, ADS refinement, braking capability and engine output optimisation are among the many ‘ingredients’ which the team here at Gaydon have used to create a sports car of unerring quality and excitement.”
Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ulrich Bez said: “The Rapide S is to me, without doubt, the most beautiful four-door sports car on the market today. This is, very clearly, the power of luxury in action. The car’s stunning visual appeal is now matched by a much more powerful and yet more efficient engine – our exceptional new AM11 V12 – which increases massively both the excitement and performance potential of the Rapide S. It is a four-door sports car that uniquely combines luxury, style and sporting excitement in Aston Martin’s most flexible and accommodating silhouette. Purity of proportion and exceptional elegance are mixed with truly sensational dynamic performance – this is the four-door sports car in its most versatile form and I am sure our customers around the world are going to love it!”