Aston Martin Rapide S 

  • $200k built in Austria
  • 2013
  • 550 HP 5.9L
  • 190 mph
The Rapide remains a wonderful thing – fast, agile, responsive and supremely comfortable.
by EVO (Mar, 2013)
Traction is good too, and the engine’s relative lack of low-down torque makes it easier to drive quickly and cleanly than boosty rivals.
by EVO (Mar, 2013)

Road Tests Real world tests of the Aston Martin Rapide S

Top speed

Rapide S
190 mph

0-100mph

Rapide S
10.6 s

1/4 mile

Rapide S
13.1 s

Data points Key details of the Aston Martin Rapide S

Price

Rapide S
$200k

Horsepower

Rapide S
550 HP

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Powertrain

The engine remains the car’s defining feature, creamy smooth when used gently and positively savage when unleashed.
by EVO (Mar, 2013)
But once the engine does come on song – the blue touchpaper moment is probably around 4000rpm – it’s an awesome thing, with linear and seemingly unrelenting thrust plus a soundtrack that could reanimate the recently deceased.
by EVO (Mar, 2013)
Despite the boosted power output the Rapide S still lacks the initial punch of turbocharged rivals, especially as the six-speed automatic gearbox it works with feels positively leisurely by modern standards.
by EVO (Mar, 2013)

Performance

The only mild complaint is with the brakes, with the pedal growing soft when asked to deal with a series of big stops some way short of what you’d experience on track.
by EVO (Mar, 2013)
Despite the extra performance and kit, Aston has kept the Rapide S’s price identical to that of its predecessor: £149,950.
by EVO (Mar, 2013)
Gentle motorway cruising can push that to the high teens, but using the V12’s performance to the full will always carry a sizeable cost.
by EVO (Mar, 2013)

Engine

There’s also a modest increase in torque – up 15lb ft to 457lb ft - but Aston also claims to have improved drivability by retuning the engine to deliver a minimum of 30lb ft extra from idle to 4000rpm.
by EVO (Mar, 2013)
The peak 550bhp is a whopping 80bhp more than the original Rapide thanks to a combination of revised engine internals, including lightweight hollow camshafts, a new induction system and – most importantly – a big jump in the V12’s rev ceiling.
by EVO (Mar, 2013)

Interior

If you can live with the limited rear-seat accommodation, which will get even small adults complaining after about an hour, then it remains a compellingly different take on the luxury four-door coupe.
by EVO (Mar, 2013)
The Rapide has always existed in a segment of one, with its tight-fitting cabin denying it the chance to be properly compared to super-saloon rivals like the Porsche Panamera and Bentley Continental Flying Spur.
by EVO (Mar, 2013)

Transmission

The other dynamic highlight is the arrival of new electronically controlled dampers, which now offer an ultra-firm ‘Track’ setting alongside ‘Standard’ and ‘Sport.
by EVO (Mar, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Brand Aston Martin
Price $199,950
Type of car Production car
Year 2013

design

Chief designer Marek Reichman

transmission

Drivetrain Rear wheel drive
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 6 gears
Axle ratio 3.46:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc

road tests

Top speed 190 mph
1/4 mile 13.1 s
0-100mph 10.6 s

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 7.96 lb/hp
Maximum hp 550 HP @ 6,750 RPM
Maximum torque 459 ft-lb @ 5,000 RPM
Engine placement Front
Steering system Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 5,900 cc
Cylinders V12
Fuels Gas
Valvetrain DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 valves

physical dimensions

Curb weight 4,378 lb
Width 84.3 in
Height 53.5 in
Length 197.6 in
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