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The 2013 Aston Martin Rapide S Unveiled

By Adrian Prisca


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Let’s just get to the point of this – one of our favorite automakers, Aston Martin, has recently unveiled the 2013 Rapide S, an extremely good looking sedan and a mind-bogglingly powerful vehicle at the same time. This jaw dropping saloon has been bestowed with the S denomination in order to match its increased output.

The naturally aspirated 5.9-liter V12 engine now delivers 558 HP (410 kW) as stock, 81 HP (59 kW) more powerful than the pre-facelift model. The torque of the Rapide S has also been upped from 600 Nm (442 lb-ft) to 620 Nm (457 lb-ft).

The performance figures that result from these magnificent numbers are quite dramatic – the redesigned and revamped Rapide is able to reach 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.9 seconds, 0.3 seconds faster than the previous version. It also reaches a higher top speed, from a previous 302.5 km/h (188 mph) to 305.7 km/h (190 mph).

On the green factor, this situation isn’t that good. The Aston Martin Rapide S is just a mere 0.9 mpg UK more efficient than the previous model, being able to do around 19.9 mpg UK (16.5 mpg US or 14.1 l / 100 km). The CO2 emissions have been slightly reduced too, from 355 g/km to 332 g/km.

Design-wise, the Rapide S doesn’t include many significant changes – just a new rear lip spoiler and a redesigned front grille. There is also the Carbon Exterior Pack, which is optional, and includes rear lamp fills, exterior mirror housings, rear diffuser and carbon fiber-made front splitter.

The interior of the vehicle has been garnished with a brand new piano black trim alongside optional black & red Duotone leather upholstery. The Rapide S can further provide up to 900 liters of internal space if the rear seats are folded flat. Optionally, the fabled carmaker can also fit the cabin with a reversing camera and a twin-screen rear seat entertainment system.

As for the price, it will probably be quite exorbitant, just like all Aston Martins. It should constantly remain around £150,000 (around €180,000 or $237,500). Availability will reportedly start in February 2013.

[Aston Martin]

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About Adrian Prisca

Founder of Luxatic and countless other projects, Adrian has shaped this website into a go-to source for discerning readers looking for the latest in luxury products and experiences. He has over 15 years of experience in creating, managing and publishing lifestyle content across numerous platforms and he’s considered a leading voice in the luxury industry. Learn more about Luxatic's Editorial Process.

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