Aston Martin Rapide S Coupé
The Aston Martin Rapide S is an all-rounder that offers ample rear space for everyday concerns, whilst retaining the driving pleasure, attractive shape and almost all the speed of the more “raw” Aston Martin coupés. The craftsmanship of the hand stitched interior, when combined with plentiful headroom, legroom and kneeroom, makes the Rapide S a car in which being a passenger is almost as pleasant as being the driver.
Sophisticated touches, such as climate control adjustable for each individual passenger, come as standard. New optional equipment allows for further customisation of the interior with glass switches, duotone perforated leather, carbon fibre facia and paddle shift. Exterior options include a revised alloy wheel line up and carbon exterior pack featuring carbon fibre front splitter, mirror caps, rear diffuser and lamp infills with a black border surround.
With 552bhp of power output at 6650rpm, the new generation AM29 6.0-litre V12 engine of the Rapide S can push the car to a new maximum speed of 203mph. The new engine, also seen in the new Vanquish and DB9 delivers enhanced performance and CO2 benefits compared to the previous Rapide engine. It is, however, a sportscar built for the challenges of the real world rather than the racetrack.
Aided by the precision of the 8-speed Touchtronic gearbox, the Rapide S cruises in an equally effortless manner whether you are negotiating suburbia or the most remote rural areas. Nevertheless, the level of torque available (630Nm at 5500rpm) means there is more than enough force for quick and efficient overtaking. Pushing the “Sport” button changes the gear ratios to maximise torque, giving you a sharper, firmer ride.