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Aston Martin Rapide S Revealed

Aston Martin has given the Rapide a significant mid-life facelift and an extra 80bhp.

Aston Martin has focussed on a rather substantial facelift for its only 4 door model, the Rapide. The S gets a power boost of 80bhp, bring the total figure to an impressive 550hp. This is in the hope of turning the Rapide S from a luxury GT to a true 4 door sports saloon.

An added increase in torque of 20lb ft brings the 0-60mph down to 4.9 seconds, knocking 0.3 off the standard car's. The S will also carry on accelerating to 190mph, surpassing the Rapide by 2mph.

Cosmetic upgrades are most obvious in the front grille and rear lip spoiler. Both are more prominent and masculine. However they still keep the fine looking shape and infamous design that all modern Aston's are known for.

Minor interior tweaks include a new piano black trim and optional ‘Duotone’ red and black leather upholstery. The rear seats can be folded flat to almost treble the load volume to just shy of 900 litres.

Like the rest of Aston’s range, the Rapide S is based on its familiar VH structure. This gets the latest ‘Gen4’ modifications, including updated adaptive dampers with three distinct modes (Normal, Sport and Track), revisions to its DSC system and adjustments to meet the latest safety regulations. The engine is also mounted 19mm lower than before.

The new Rapide S goes on sale next month, at prices expected to be close to the current car’s £150,000 despite the increase in performance.

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