Aston Martin Rapide S shows its massive grille at 2013 Geneva Motor Show

Article by Anita Panait, on March 6, 2013

Aston Martin has unveiled the latest addition to its refreshed sports car range, the much anticipated Aston Martin Rapide S, at the 83rd Geneva International Motor Show. Aston Martin Rapide S is a four-door luxury GT that underwent painstaking redesign and re-engineering in order to reclaim its position as the most beautiful and elegantly balanced four-seat sports car in the world.

Due to its improvements, the new Rapide S has become more refined and much desired. The model replaces the outgoing Rapide in markets around the world. The new Rapide S features a more assertive ‘face’ thanks to its striking new full grille.

The new front end design is complemented by a new rear deck profile that includes a more pronounced boot lid ‘flip.’ These improvements in aerodynamic and aesthetics boost the sporting nature of the new Rapide S. The new Aston Martin Rapide is powered by the new AM11 naturally-aspirated 6.0-litre V12 engine that provides exceptional power and enhanced in-gear acceleration.

The V12 that powers the Rapide S provides 17% more output than the outgoing engine. The new V12 could provide up to 558 PS at 6,750 rpm while the 477 PS at 6,000 rpm of the previous V12.

The new V12 also boasts of higher torque at 620 Nm at 5,500 rpm. This improvement in torque occurs lower down the rev range, with pulling power rising by over 40 Nm between idle and 4,000 rpm with an additional 50 Nm available at 2,500 rpm. The higher power of the new V12 allows the new Rapide S to shave 0.3 seconds off its 0-62 mph acceleration time, from 5.2 seconds to just 4.9 seconds, eventually reaching a top speed of over 190 mph.

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