Aston Martin Rapide S

4 Jul, 2012 6:30pm Richard Ingram

Spy shots show Aston Martin is working on a hotter four-door model called the Rapide S

Aston Martin has been caught testing an uprated version of its four-door Rapide, at the Nurburgring racetrack in Germany.

Likely to debut as the Rapide ‘S’, these shots show a lightly revised front end with a lower spoiler and reviewed air intakes – hinting at the increased power under the bonnet.

We expect the enhanced Rapide to ditch the 6.0-litre V12 of the current car, in favour of a tuned, 6.0-litre unit, as found in the outgoing DBS. Given the change of engine, we could see power rise by as much as 40bhp – to 510bhp.

However, don’t presume this is simply an exercise of straight-line speed. The ‘S’ will get an uprated chassis and complete dynamic overhaul. The result being a faster, more focused, Rapide.

The changes should shave a few tenths off the 0-62mph sprint – with the new car completing the dash in less than five seconds.

We expect Aston Martin to reveal a production ready version before the end of the year.