23 de janeiro de 2013

The Aston Martin Rapide S gets an even bigger mouth

The new Rapide S will be Aston Martin's most powerful four-door to date with the power output increased by 17% (81hp) to 558hp taken from the naturally aspirated 6.0litre V12 (AM11 engine family).

The maximum value of torque also increased, which now is 619Nm (457lb/ft) at 5,000rpm, which is 50Nm more over its predecessor. With a top speed of 306km/h (190mph) and a 0 to 100km/h (62mph) time of 4.9 seconds it sure promises to be fast and will compete with the best, the BMW M6 Gran Coupe, Audi RS7 and Maserati Quattroporte. The luxurious sports car has a better handling thanks to the engine sitting 19mm lower in the chassis.

But will pollute more and consume more fuel than its rivals, respectively 332g/km and 11.82l/100km (19.9 US mpg). Other changes include a front bumper with a bigger mouth, an improved Adaptive Damping System, and a Carbon Exterior Pack with the front splitter, rear diffuser, exterior mirror housings and rear lamp infills made from carbon fiber. On the inside we have a new piano black trim and an optional ‘Duotone’ pack with red and black leather upholstery.

Sales start next month with an expected price of €178.500 (£150.000).