Aston Martin Rapide S

5 Mar, 2013 3:52pm Tom Phillips

Pictures and details of the Aston Martin Rapide S, following its Geneva Motor Show debut

This is the new Aston Martin Rapide S, which is set to replace the current four-door model in the Aston range, as the carmaker has decided that the standard Rapide was a bit ‘soft’. The Rapide S, which is already available to order, has made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

It features the same AM11 6.0-litre V12 and six-speed auto as the outgoing Rapide, but has 80bhp more power, at 550bhp – so the 0-62mph time falls three-tenths to 4.9 seconds and the top speed climbs 2mph to 190mph.

Despite this boost, economy is up from 19.0mpg to 19.9mpg and CO2 emissions are cut by 23g/km to 332g/km.

Dropping the engine 19mm deeper into the nose has lowered the centre of gravity, and new three-stage adaptive dampers with normal, sport and track modes give progressively firmer settings. The dampers and steering have been completely retuned to make the car more aggressive in the way that it handles.

The Rapide S boasts a new look, too, with a more imposing front grille. Despite being larger and lower than that fitted to the previous Rapide, the grille features Aston Martin’s ‘keystone’ pedestrian protection. When the car makes impact with an obstacle, this pops the grille out and back, and brings forward the softer front structure of the car, minimising the impact force.

The Rapide S also features a bigger rear wing integrated into the tailgate to increase downforce at speed. Fresh body colours and 20-inch wheel choices are complemented by the option of a sportier carbon pack, while inside, new two-tone woven leather trim, called Duotone, is available.

Prices haven’t been confirmed, but despite being more powerful, the Rapide S is expected to start at a similar level to the current £149,995 model.