The Aston Martin Rapide is being replaced with the Aston Martin Rapide S. This refreshed version of Aston’s four-seat sports car receives both aesthetic and performance upgrades to help the car better compete with the Maserati Quattroporte, and the Porsche Panamera.
A 6.0-liter V12 powers the Rapide S, producing 550 hp (a 17% increase from the previous Rapide) and 457 lb-ft. Increased power helps propel the Aston to 62 mph in 4.9 seconds, which is .3 seconds faster than the outgoing model. The Rapide S has an estimated top speed of 190 mph.
Aston has fitted the Rapide S with adaptive dampers that allow the driver to control the dynamic characteristics of the car. The driver can choose from “normal,” “sport,” and “track” settings.
As is readily apparent, Aston has refreshed the car’s exterior styling. The Rapide S receives a reworked front fascia: a larger grill, a lowered hood, and a notched front bumper have been added. In order to comply with pedestrian safety standards, the car’s front grill is capable of retracting upon hitting a pedestrian.
The rear of the Rapide S receives a bolder rear spoiler, slightly revised exhaust tips, and reworked taillights.
Unfortunately, Aston has failed to address the lack of rear seat legroom (a sore point among critics) thought the interior does receive optional carbon fiber or piano black inserts, perforated red and black leather seats, and a six disc DVD changer for the available rear seat entertainment system.
The Aston Martin Rapide S will go on sale at the beginning of February.