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.

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.

A car that is forceful and striking, the new Aston Martin Rapide S is a marvelous revelation. Imbued with a merry mix of power and elegance, the Aston Martin Rapide S is a 4-door bundle of energy re-engineered and redesigned to make it a world-class picture of balance and luxury.

The Aston Martin Rapide S comes with some conspicuous upgrades. The stunning new full grille gives the Aston Martin Rapide S a dramatic facelift to distinguish itself from the previous Rapide which will now be replaced in different markets the world over. The new Rapide boasts of an interior that can only be a result of seminal technology and design engineering.

A new rear deck is accentuated by a boot lid “flip” that is more pronounced than previous designs, while the front end has also been recalibrated to help the car gain better power, acceleration, and aerodynamics, thus enabling the car to counteract lifts even at high speeds.

The Aston Martin Rapide S is aspirational in that it was aimed at becoming the most balanced and aesthetically beautiful car sports car in the world. Judging from what can be gleaned from the new Aston Martin Rapide S, it is hard to argue with this bold aspiration.

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