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.
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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.