2014 Aston Martin Rapide S: First Look

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  • Competes with: Rolls-Royce Ghost, Bentley Continental Flying Spur, Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG, Porsche Panamera Turbo S
  • Looks like: The Rapide adopted a conjoined grille
  • Drivetrain: 550-hp, 6.0-liter V-12 with six-speed automatic transmission; rear-wheel drive
  • Hits dealerships: Next month

Aston Martin's four-door Rapide S replaces the Rapide for 2014. Typical of "S" designations, it brings more power to the British marque's only four-door car. Aston Martins are about as easy to distinguish as Kardashians, but the Rapide S has one giveaway: the grille, which joins the upper and lower portions where the Rapide left them split. Aston Martin says it works in conjunction with a revised hood and front bumper to improve pedestrian protection, which is in line with Europe's latest pedestrian-impact regulations.

Typical of an exotic car, the Rapide S offers all manner of options including carbon fiber along the lower bumpers, mirrors and taillight frames. Twenty-inch wheels are standard, as are wide P295/30ZR20 rear tires. The four-seat interior now comes in luxury or sports themes, with available materials like piano-black door handles or bamboo dashboard inlays. The six-speed automatic transmission still operates via glass console buttons while revisions to the hood and firewall area aim to reduce noise.

Aston Martin says the Rapide S' V-12 drivetrain boasts 80 extra horsepower and 14 extra pounds-feet of torque over the normally aspirated 6.0-liter V-12, with 37 more pounds-feet available at 2,500 rpm. The engine now makes 550 hp and 457 pounds-feet of torque thanks to friction reductions, improved camshaft timing and more. The changes allow the Rapide S to hit 60 mph in 4.7 seconds — not the most athletic figure, but Aston Martins are often modest accelerators. (The S65 AMG cracks 60 mph in 4.2 seconds; the Panamera Turbo S whips it up in an expletive-inducing 3.6 seconds.)

But driving is more than just acceleration, and Aston says the V-12 now sits 0.7 inch lower for improved weight distribution. New calibrations for the car's electronic stability system and adaptive suspension aim to improve agility, too, while a reshaped trunk lid should help high-speed downforce.

See the gallery below.

Aston Martin Rapide S

Aston Martin Rapide S

Aston Martin Rapide S

Aston Martin Rapide S

Aston Martin Rapide S

Aston Martin Rapide S

Aston Martin Rapide S

Aston Martin Rapide S

Aston Martin Rapide S

Aston Martin Rapide S

Aston Martin Rapide S

Aston Martin Rapide S

Aston Martin Rapide S

Aston Martin Rapide S

Aston Martin Rapide S

Aston Martin Rapide S

Aston Martin Rapide S

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Comments 

RayG

You know, Aston had that BEAUTIFUL grill and front end that Ford appropriated for the Fusion and the new Mustangs. And now they turned it into an uglier version of an Infinity SUV.

Bill

That grill makes it look like it is sitting with its mouth hanging open.

been looking for a good blog about a reliable auto mechanic service so I’m glad I found yours. Good stuff!

and there are rattles everywhere. At 12,000 miles it is already shaking itself apart. Our 3 year old Hondas feel newer than this shoddily assembled, overrated tin can.

At least it's a better colour than the V12 Vantage S. I don't know why they constantly want to move away from Goodwood Green?!

It's iconic and defining. Saying that though I wouldn't complain if I got given one of these (http://carleasingmadesimple.com/business-car-leasing/aston-martin/rapide-s-saloon/) in Red

The six-speed automatic transmission still operates via glass console buttons while revisions to the hood and firewall area aim to reduce noise.

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