New Aston Martin Rapide S revealed

Aston Martin has unveiled the Rapide S, with more power and more equipment setting it apart from the car on which it’s based.

Aston Martin has unveiled the Rapide S, with more power and more equipment setting it apart from the car on which it’s based.

The two-tonne newbie is the most powerful four-door Aston Martin has ever built, with 550bhp coursing through huge 295-section rear tyres courtesy of a new 6.0-litre V12 engine mounted under the bonnet.

By Press Association reporters

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It replaces the Rapide across the globe and takes the model line to a new level in line with Aston’s ever-raising targets for worldwide sales.

Recognisable by its deeper front grille, the new S model has a higher, 190mph top speed and a faster, 4.9-second sprint to 62mph. An extra 80bhp helps to transform the Rapide’s top end and escalate it into the ranks of true super-saloons.

Handling balance has been improved, with the new engine mounted 19mm lower than before and having a positive effect on the centre of gravity. The engine itself uses technology directly derived from Aston’s racing endeavours around the world.

The car can be customised extensively with luxury- and sports-biased options. For example a Carbon Exterior Pack adds a front splitter, mirror caps, rear diffuser and part of the rear light cluster all in carbon fibre. A Piano Black Interior Pack gives a lustrous shine to large areas of the interior, with darker auxiliary trim complementing the look.

Fuel economy has been improved to 19.9mpg on the EU combined cycle, with emissions dropping 23g/km to 332g/km.

The new front grille is part of a package of measures taken to update the famous Aston Martin front end to comply with the latest pedestrian crash regulations. The bonnet is lower as well, with a new front bumper construction that allows the grille to depress backwards in a crash.

Prices and exact on-sale dates are yet to be confirmed, but sometime in February has been mooted for the first orders.