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Aston Martin Rapide S showcased
The exquisite Aston Martin Rapide is known for its enchanting looks and raw performance making it a unique four-door sports car.
Enter the Aston Martin Rapide S, as the ‘S’ suggests this new Rapide takes the performance quotient up a notch. The race derived AM11 6.0 litre naturally aspirated V12 engine now generates an additional 80PS of power pegging maximum output at 558PS of power while peak torque has risen by 20Nm. Aston Martin also states that the torque spread across the powerband has gone up too.
The engine now sits 19mm lower to improve the centre of gravity and gets CNC machined combustion chambers, hollow camshafts, dual variable camshaft timing, knock sensing and a fully catalysed stainless steel exhaust system. As a result, fuel efficiency has also gone up.
The end result is 0-100 km/h in 4.9 seconds (faster by 0.3 seconds than the earlier Rapide) and a top whack of 305 km/h (up by 3 km/h over the Rapide).
The Rapide S has been constructed with the company’s current Gen4 VH architecture that has made the car sharper and more responsive to driver input. The sports car’s stability control has also been revised to deal with the added power. The Gen4 system has also impacted the adaptive dampers giving them smarter ability to alter suspension settings according to driving mode (Normal, Sport and Track), throttle position, brake position, steering wheel rotation as well as the speed of the Rapide S.
While the first Rapide was already a beautifully balanced car, Aston Martin has used their Gen4 VH architecture to improve that balance with tweaks and improvements throughout the car to deliver a more direct and responsive upgrade.