Revved Up

Hi, how are you? Ken here. I love cars. Petrolhead, film & TV addict, hungry, and randomly awesome. I occasionally write about cars too. Actually I write about them a lot...

Ever thought the Aston Martin Rapide’s 470bhp seemed a bit, insufficient? Well it appears Aston thought so which is why they’ve now brought out the Rapide S. 

As the name suggests, the Rapide S is the hotter, sportier variant in the Rapide lineup. The most notable changes are at the front of the car where it now sports a single frame grille the size of a small donkey and a cheeky lip spoiler. I know they’re trying to channel the Vantage Zagato and One-77 with this look, and don’t get me wrong I do like it, however I hope it won’t find it’s way to other Astons. Maybe keep the big grilles for the sportier models. 

Other updates at the front, well front-middle, can be found under the bonnet. The 5.9-litre V12 remains but the power is new. Up by 80bhp to 550bhp, the Rapide S now has enough oomph to keep up with the likes of the Panamera Turbo S, CLS63 AMG and the new Quattroporte. Torque has increased as well, now at healthy 840NM. What all this translates to is 0-100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds (0.3 seconds quicker than the standard car) and a top speed of 304 km/h (4 km/h more than before).

It’s pretty much business as usual for the rest of the car. The interior is pretty much the same except you can now have it upholstered in ‘Duatone’ two-tone leather. There’s also a new Carbon pack for the exterior, which makes it more vulgar than it really needs to be. 

At the end of the day the Rapide is still ridiculously expensive compared to its rivals, I know the badge is special and I know the level of craftsmanship is second to none, but that doesn’t make up for the fact that the engine, platform and interior are a decade or so old. I like the Rapide very much but it’s not the Aston or the super-saloon I’d go for. For that, I’d wait for the inevitable Quattroporte GTS to arrive.

Ever thought the Aston Martin Rapide’s 470bhp seemed a bit, insufficient? Well it appears Aston thought so which is why they’ve now brought out the Rapide S.

As the name suggests, the Rapide S is the hotter, sportier variant in the Rapide lineup. The most notable changes are at the front of the car where it now sports a single frame grille the size of a small donkey and a cheeky lip spoiler. I know they’re trying to channel the Vantage Zagato and One-77 with this look, and don’t get me wrong I do like it, however I hope it won’t find it’s way to other Astons. Maybe keep the big grilles for the sportier models.

Other updates at the front, well front-middle, can be found under the bonnet. The 5.9-litre V12 remains but the power is new. Up by 80bhp to 550bhp, the Rapide S now has enough oomph to keep up with the likes of the Panamera Turbo S, CLS63 AMG and the new Quattroporte. Torque has increased as well, now at healthy 840NM. What all this translates to is 0-100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds (0.3 seconds quicker than the standard car) and a top speed of 304 km/h (4 km/h more than before).

It’s pretty much business as usual for the rest of the car. The interior is pretty much the same except you can now have it upholstered in ‘Duatone’ two-tone leather. There’s also a new Carbon pack for the exterior, which makes it more vulgar than it really needs to be.

At the end of the day the Rapide is still ridiculously expensive compared to its rivals, I know the badge is special and I know the level of craftsmanship is second to none, but that doesn’t make up for the fact that the engine, platform and interior are a decade or so old. I like the Rapide very much but it’s not the Aston or the super-saloon I’d go for. For that, I’d wait for the inevitable Quattroporte GTS to arrive.

  • 22 January 2013
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