Aston Martin Rapide S Unveiled in Geneva

The 2013 Geneva Motor Show showcased many fine specimens of exotic cars this year, like the Aston Martin Rapide S. The Rapide S has made important changes from the standard Rapide in a move the brand hopes will place the model among its intended market niche. Is this a step in the direction of a more versatile Aston Martin fleet?

Aston Martin Rapide S

The Aston Martin Rapide did not become the brand’s Panamera. Will the Rapide S?

The Aston Martin Rapide S still features four doors, but an increase in power and more pronounced features may make it more palatable. Under the hood is the heavily revised 6.0-liter V12 from the Vanquish. This engine produces 550 horsepower with a top speed of around 190 miles per hour, a full 17% increase over the standard Rapide.

Aston Martin Rapide S

Rapide S specs:

  • All alloy, quad overhead camshaft
  • Front mid-mounted engine
  • Rear wheel drive
  • Max torque: 457 ft at 5,500 rpm
  • Fully catalyzed stainless steel exhaust system with active bypass valves

Aston Martin Rapide S

The exaggerated grille will not please everyone, but it is among the tweaks. Overall, the Rapide S is an improvement. There are 80 more hoses and it even boasts better fuel economy than its standard sibling, with an impressive 19 mile per gallon average.

Aston Martin Rapide S

The standard Aston Martin Rapide. Are the new changes obvious or subtle? 

The Aston Martin Rapide S is now available via all 164 dealers worldwide. Pricing starts around $225,000 with deliveries beginning toward summer. Rent an Aston Martin today to get a feel for the brand! Our convenient hourly, daily and weekly rentals afford everyone the opportunity to rent the lifestyle for every special occasion, or for no reason at all!

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