Aston Martin Rapide S revealed with 550bhp

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    Aston Martin Rapide S revealed with 550bhp

    Aston Martin Rapide S revealed with 550bhp
    Four-door Aston Martin Rapide is given a significant mid-life makeover that includes an 80bhp power boost

    by Mark Tisshaw
    22 January 2013

    The Aston Martin Rapide has received a considerable power hike as part of a comprehensive mid-life refresh for the four-door saloon.

    The extra power is reflected in the Rapide’s new name - it’s now known as the Rapide S - and means that the emphasis is now fully on making it a four-door sports car rather than a more luxurious, everyday GT.

    The biggest changes for the Rapide S are to its naturally aspirated 5.9-litre V12 engine. Power is up by 80bhp to 550bhp and peak torque jumps by 20lb ft to 620lb ft. Low and mid-range torque is said to have been improved considerably more than the headline peak figure suggests.

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    Re: Aston Martin Rapide S revealed with 550bhp

    Really like the updated look. The taller grille makes it look meaner and sportier to me.

    However, I wonder how much of the change is a hint at an evolving design direction and how much is due to updated European pedestrian crash standards?

    I also wonder if there is any kind of motivation to distinguish Aston Martin further from Ford's new "Aston-esque" design theme? Granted, no one would confuse an AM for a Ford, but still some obvious similarities here that no doubt they'd want to downplay to their hyper-rich customers.

    Lastly, if this is a true shift in design language, I also wonder if this is in anticipation of re-introducing the Lagonda brand? The recent design concept from a few years ago was a bit of a flop. If they do want to make better use of their resources by bringing Lagonda back to the market, they'll need a distinct look in order to make the brand stand on it's own and attract would-be patrons.
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    Re: Aston Martin Rapide S revealed with 550bhp

    I like all of AM's cars and would probably buy one if I could but while they have the design aspect down, they really need to update all of their infotainment systems as I think they currently lag behind almost every major player.

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    Re: Aston Martin Rapide S revealed with 550bhp

    Isn't that the next gen Fusion? All kidding aside, isn't 550hp kinda low for a V12?

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    Re: Aston Martin Rapide S revealed with 550bhp

    Quote Originally Posted by jzchev28 View Post
    Isn't that the next gen Fusion? All kidding aside, isn't 550hp kinda low for a V12?
    I think it's alright for a(n I think old-ish) non-aspirated 12. Think like this... if the brandy new excellent LT1 V8 makes 450, add four more cylinders. 100hp from a non-aspirated 4 with the non-insignificantly power-dense LT1, and it's pretty good, I think. It also has a lower displacement, blah blah blah...

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    Re: Aston Martin Rapide S revealed with 550bhp

    I see, I guess I was going by what the Viper is offering. Also it had an upgrade of 80hp, up from 470hp, which really seems low.

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    Re: Aston Martin Rapide S revealed with 550bhp

    Quote Originally Posted by jzchev28 View Post
    Isn't that the next gen Fusion? All kidding aside, isn't 550hp kinda low for a V12?
    V12 or not it's only 5.9 liters. The hp is just ok because they clearly went for a nice fat torque curve. That's an awesome amount of torque for a naturally aspirated engine of 5.9 liters.

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    Re: Aston Martin Rapide S revealed with 550bhp

    Personally considering the relatively lax spec, and plebeian origin of the Aston V12 in consideration of its past outputs 550 hp is nigh on extraordinary.

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    Re: Aston Martin Rapide S revealed with 550bhp

    where is the 4 door vette to compete with this, and I dont mean the SS.
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    Re: Aston Martin Rapide S revealed with 550bhp

    Quote Originally Posted by PHAT-JAY View Post
    where is the 4 door vette to compete with this, and I dont mean the SS.
    In power?



    In prestige? You'll never get a Corvette to that level. Too many snobs, plus it's still a Chevy. Aston is even above Cadillac, even if it has **** for technology. The name carries it.

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    Re: Aston Martin Rapide S revealed with 550bhp

    With the assertions that anyone who purchased the moribund money sucking brands from Ford's PAG has manure for brains I am surprised that Jaguar, Land Rover, Aston Martin, and Volvo are still in business today.

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    Re: Aston Martin Rapide S revealed with 550bhp

    For some reason I see Jag and Aston's styling blurring a bit. Anyone else?

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    Re: Aston Martin Rapide S revealed with 550bhp

    Quote Originally Posted by spd98 View Post
    For some reason I see Jag and Aston's styling blurring a bit. Anyone else?
    Eh yeah, maybe for Aston. But the new Jag F-type is pretty great looking IMO

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    Re: Aston Martin Rapide S revealed with 550bhp

    These are the kinds of lines that Buick should be offering. Low, sleek and classy. Please, no more bubble-mobiles.

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    Re: Aston Martin Rapide S revealed with 550bhp

    That front bumper could really use some character, even just fogs or something. The grill I don't mind, but whoever complained about the Fusion surely will be shocked to see another 25% larger "Bass mouth."
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