Extra horses in new four-seat Aston Martin

Last updated 11:21 24/01/2013

Aston Martin's first 100 years

A newly unveiled plaque marks the original home where Aston Martin cars were first manufactured in 1913 by Bamford & Martin Ltd, on January 15, 2013 in Brompton, central London, England.
Reuters Zoom
A newly unveiled plaque marks the original home where Aston Martin cars were first manufactured in 1913 by Bamford & Martin Ltd, on January 15, 2013 in Brompton, central London, England.
Aston Martin Vanquish
Fairfax NZ Zoom
Aston Martin Vanquish: The car has similar proportions to the earlier cars, but the pinched waist and the curves around the centre of the car are new.
The Aston Martin Vanquish Centenary Edition.
The Aston Martin Vanquish Centenary Edition.

Relevant offers

Aston Martin has added an "S" and extra horsepower to its four-door sports car, the Rapide.

Unveiled overnight (NZ time), the luxurious Rapide S will replace the Rapide with the new model coming with an extra 80 horsepower, boosting the 6.0-litre V12 to 550 horses.


Click through gallery above for all the views of the new Aston Martin Rapide S.


Peak torque increases, too, up from 600 Nm to 620 Nm at 5000 rpm. Aston Martin also claims a marked improvement in torque lower down the rev range, as pulling power rises by more than 40 Nm between idle and 4000 rpm with an additional 50 Nm available at 2500 rpm.

All this leads to improved performance with the new Rapide S said to shave 0.3 seconds off its 0-100 kmh time which drops from 5.2 seconds to 4.9. Top speed climbs to 306 kmh.

The 5935cc naturally aspirated V12 also boasts race car technology thanks to developments derived directly from the company's racing division. The new AM11 engine now boasts fully CNC machined combustion chambers and lighter, hollow, cam shafts.

The engine is now even more efficient, too. Despite the very significant increase in peak power and torque, the Rapide S is appreciably more economical than before.

On the outside, the Rapide S comes with a new "face" in the way of a new full grille and other aerodynamic and asethetic upgrades.

Buyers also have the choice of luxury or sports-orientated options.

The new optional Carbon Exterior Pack, for instance, is targeted at Rapide's sporting attitude. Front splitter, rear diffuser, mirror caps and rear lamp infills all fashioned from carbon fibre signal the sporting nature of this  four-seater.

Inside the rear seats are capable of accommodating adults in a uniquely sporting setting – while at the touch of a button the individual back seats fold down to almost triple the Aston Martin’s load space.

Options to further enhance the luxurious look and feel of the Rapide S include, subject to market, a reversing camera and twin screen rear seat entertainment system with wireless headphones, remote control and six-disc DVD changer.

The new Aston Martin Rapide S will be available to order through the brand’s 146 dealers worldwide next month with prices confirmed closer to the on-sale date.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Comments

Special offers
Opinion poll

What do you think of the new Ford Falcon?

Love it

Hate it

Doesn't look anything like a Mustang

Vote Result

Related story: Mustang muscle look in final Ford Falcon

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content

Car Club small pointer

The Car Club: Powered by Autocar NZ

New city car packs the little engine that could

Driving tips
Gear up for that big holiday drive

Don't leave it too late

Gear up for that big holiday drive

Tips on how to do a safe river crossing

Taking the plunge

Tips on how to do a safe river crossing

Winter driving tips

Winter driving

On the road and prepared for the cold snap