The Aston Martin Rapide S: more power, more beauty, same soul


Changes under the new Rapide’s skin are comprehensive, with a version of the new AM11 naturally-aspirated 6.0-liter V12 powerplant delivering unprecedented power and improved in-gear acceleration. Power from the new engine jumps significantly versus that of its predecessor: up by 17% or a massive 80 bhp from 470 bhp at 6,000 rpm to a now very substantial 550 bhp at 6,750 rpm. Peak torque increases, too, up from 443 lb-ft (600 Nm) to 457 lb.ft (620 Nm) at 5,000 rpm. Meanwhile an even more marked improvement in torque occurs lower down the rev range, as pulling power rises by more than 30 lb-ft between idle and 4,000 rpm with an additional 37 lb-ft available at 2,500 rpm. Naturally, increases in power and torque lead to even swifter performance as befits a four-door sports car. New Rapide S shaves 0.4 seconds off its 0-60 mph time, which drops from the 5.1 seconds of the current car to just 4.7 seconds for the new model. Top speed climbs, meanwhile, to 190 mph.