Aston Martin Rapide S world debut celebrates 100th anniversary [video]
More powerful and more efficient than its predecessor
Aston Martin’s lineup continues to evolve as the company has introduced the Rapide S in Geneva.
Essentially a facelifted version of the outgoing Rapide, the S is distinguished by a new front fascia that complies with pedestrian safety regulations. While it won’t appease everyone it includes a new front bumper, a revised hood and an enlarged grille that retracts upon impact.
The interior also receives some minor updates including additional sound deadening material and a darker instrument panel surround. New options include two-tone perforated leather seats, piano black trim and a bespoke design service called “Q by Aston Martin.”
Under the hood, there’s a naturally-aspirated 6.0-liter (5,935 cc) V12 engine that develops 558 HP (410 kW) and 620 Nm (457 lb-ft) of torque – an increase of 81 HP (59 kW) and 20 Nm (15 lb-ft). It enables the model to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 4.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 190 mph (305 km/h). Despite the increased performance, the engine is more efficient as it averages 19.9 mpg UK (16.5 mpg US / 14.1 L/100 km) with CO2 emissions of 332 g/km.