With over 70 hp more powerful than Rapide, the new Aston Martin Rapide S came to Geneva Motor Show 2013 to fight an army of German performance models. Will it make it?
The first model to appear in Aston Martin’s range after the British brand stepped in its second century of existence will be Aston Martin Rapide S. The performance version of the sports model with four-door will be launched in Geneva Auto Show and the first photos and official information about it have been published by the Gaydon manufacturer.
Geneva Motor Show 2013 Live: Aston Martin Rapide S photo gallery
Aston Martin Rapide S Live at Geneva Motor Show 2013
The Rapide acquired the S letter after some improvements given to the previous model. The 6.0-liter V12 engine delivers now 558 horses (with 81 hp more) and 620 Nm of torque (457 lb-ft). The sprint 0-100 km/h (62 mph) is reached in 4.9 seconds (with 0.3 seconds faster) while the top speed is of 306 km/h (190 mph).
Despite the increased performances, Aston Martin Rapide S has a better fuel efficiency, with a mixed fuel efficiency of 14.1 l/100 km (16.7 MPG US / 20 MPG Imp.), with CO2 emissions of 332 g/km.
Stylistically, the only changes found are the new grille and the rear spoiler. In addition there is the Carbon Exterior Pack equipment containing carbon front splitter, carbon diffuser, carbon mirrors and carbon trim.
Inside we find some attractive black shiny ornaments and the extra equipment offers a red / black Duotone leather. The back seats are foldable while the trunk reaches up to 900 liters. There is an option for a rearview camera and dual rear screens.
Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ulrich Bez said: “The Rapide S is to me, without doubt, the most beautiful four-door sports car on the market today. This is, very clearly, the power of luxury in action.
“The car’s stunning visual appeal is now matched by a much more powerful and yet more efficient engine – our exceptional new AM11 V12 – which increases massively both the excitement and performance potential of the Rapide S.
“It is a four-door sports car that uniquely combines luxury, style and sporting excitement in Aston Martin’s most flexible and accommodating silhouette. Purity of proportion and exceptional elegance are mixed with truly sensational dynamic performance – this is the four-door sports car in its most versatile form and I am sure our customers around the world are going to love it!”
Aston Martin Rapide S Video – Geneva Motor Show 2013 Live
Aston Martin Rapide S via Aston Martin stand at Geneva Motor Show 2013