Aston Martin introduced today the all-new Rapide S, replacing the outgoing Rapide in markets worldwide. As expected, the new Rapide S was sympathetically redesigned and re-engineered in order to become more beautiful and attract customer. The ‘S’ comes from “Sport” and in order to prove this, the Aston Martin Rapide S is powered by a version of the new AM11 naturally-aspirated 6.0-litre V12 delivering 550 bhp and 443 lb.ft (600 Nm) to 457 lb.ft (620 Nm) at 5,000 rpm.
With these numbers, the Rapide S is able to hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 4.7 seconds, while the top speed is limited at 190 mph or 305 km/h. European CO2 emissions drop by seven per cent, from 355 g/km to 332 g/km. Meanwhile, fuel economy now stands at 19.9 mpg on the official EU combined cycle (US data to be confirmed).
Moreover, the new engine has been lowered by 19 mm versus the position of the powerplant in the previous car and this means that the new Rapide S has a lower centre of gravity. The ADS (Adaptive Damping System) suspension offers three distinct settings: 'Normal', 'Sport' and 'Track'. Regarding the design, the 2013 Aston Martin Rapide S comes with a redesigned grille (quite big if you ask us), a new rear decklid but also with a new Carbon Exterior Pack.
The new optional Carbon Exterior Pack, for instance, immediately dials up the Rapide's sporting attitude. Front splitter, rear diffuser, mirror caps and rear lamp infills all fashioned from carbon fibre clearly signal the sporting nature of this 550 bhp four-seater. The interior remains almost the same, but Aston Martin offers a new piano black pack and a new Duotone perforated red and black leather. Pricing has yet to be announced!