Aston Martin enhances Rapide with new S model
We’ve never really thought of the Aston Martin Rapide as being an old car in need of an update, but since the gorgeous sedan has, in fact, been around since 2010, we suppose a tidy freshening is in order. Here at the Geneva Motor Show, Aston is showing off the new Rapide S, which adds minor styling tweaks and a bit more oomph to the rakish four-door package. But don’t be fooled, the S isn’t just a trim-and-tape up-do – it wholly replaces the outgoing Rapide.
That’s fine with us, since the new car improves upon an already exceptional package. The big sedan’s V12 gets a power injection to the tune of 80 horsepower and 14 pound-feet of torque, bringing the totals up to 550 and 457, respectively. This means the Rapide S can hit 60 miles per hour in 4.7 seconds compared to the outgoing car’s 5.1, on its way to a top speed of 190 mph. Woosh.
Visual changes for the new S model include a reworked front fascia with a one-piece grille, new 20-inch wheels, a slightly redesigned rear fascia, and a carbon fiber exterior pack that adds a bit of design differentiation to some of the car’s outside details. Pricing hasn’t been announced just yet, but expect this Aston to come in around the $200,000 mark. Scroll down for the full details in the press blast.
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