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The Beautiful and Soulful Aston Martin Rapide S

The Beautiful and Soulful Aston Martin Rapide S

The more assertive looking Aston Martin Rapide S is touted as being the most powerful four-door Aston Martin to date. The peak output in the new Aston Martin Rapide S has been increased by 17% with the introduction of the new AM11 6.0 litre V12 power plant that sees it developing 410kW.

The Aston Martin Rapide S will be replacing the outgoing Aston Martin Rapide in markets worldwide.

Aston Martin has as they would put it “sympathetically” redesigned and painstakingly re-engineered the Rapide S. Well honestly speaking, the changes on the Rapide S are so fine that one would have to be well acquainted with the detail of the Aston Martin Rapide to spot the changes at a glance. But perhaps we are being too harsh.

The new Aston Martin Rapide S now boasts an imposing and assertive new ‘face’, created by virtue of the impressive and striking new full grille.

Imbuing the new car with an even more sporting, forceful demeanour, the revised front end design is matched at the back by a striking new rear deck profile which includes a more pronounced boot lid ‘flip’. The aerodynamic and aesthetic upgrades both reinforce the sporting nature of new Rapide S and work to counteract lift at higher speeds.

Going back to the new AM11 6.0 litre V12 engine, the power has been increased from 350kW to 410kW at 6750rpm and the torque output has also been increased from 600Nm to 620Nm.

With these engine enhancements the Aston Martin Rapide S can sprint from 0 to 100km/h in 4.9 seconds (0.3 seconds quicker than the outgoing Rapide).

As with most modern engines the new AM11 engine is more efficient despite the significant increases in peak power and torque, CO2 emissions drop by seven per cent – from 355 g/km to 332 g/km – while fuel economy now stands at 19.9mpg on the official EU combined cycle.

Befitting the improved power plant the ride and handling has also received some attention. The new AM11 engine sits 19mm lower with a resulting lower centre of gravity which has also led to a more tangible improvement in front end turn according to Aston Martin.

The Dynamic Driving Control (DSC), Adaptive Damping System (ADS) has also received some fine tuning in line with the significant increases in both power and torque. The ADS system now offers three distinct settings: ‘Normal’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Track’, with the character of each being tailored to the nature of the Aston Martin Rapide S.

The different damping modes help to significantly broaden the character of the Aston Martin Rapide S, adapting its set-up to suit the driver’s precise requirements. Thus it can be a luxurious GT car in Normal mode with the capacity to morph into a more assertive sports car in Sport and Track modes.

Interior trim options for the Aston Martin S have also been added allowing customers to more precisely tailor the car to their specific style. Some of these options being the Carbon Exterior Pack, which sports a front splitter, rear diffuser, mirror caps and rear lamp infills all fashioned from carbon fibre. Other options also include the new Piano Black Interior pack which offers a more luxurious feel.

Luxury in the Aston Martin Rapide S is enhanced by the removal of extraneous ‘noise’ and the enhancement of desirable ‘sound’ – a fine distinction but one that helps the new car deliver an aural experience like no other. Improved NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) characteristics are derived from the likes of the new bonnet lining and revised windscreen cowl.

Flexibility comes in the form of four seats – the rearmost two capable of accommodating adults in a uniquely sporting setting – while at the touch of a button the individual back seats fold down to almost triple the Aston Martin’s load space.

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