ALL THE ROAD CARS 1990s-2000s


VANTAGE - - The Specialist Post Vintage - SPEC­I­FI­CA­TION En­gine Power Torque 0-60mph Top speed

3228cc, in-line 6, s/c 335bhp @ 5750rpm 361lb ft @ 3000rpm 5.8sec 157mph

SPEC­I­FI­CA­TION En­gine 5935cc, V12 Power 470bhp @ 6000rpm Torque 443lb ft @ 5000rpm 0-60mph 5.0sec Top speed 184mph

With Porsche en­joy­ing con­sid­er­able suc­cess with its Panam­era sa­loon and new mar­kets open­ing up for lux­ury cars, it was only a mat­ter of time be­fore Aston spun-off a four-seater sa­loon from its VH plat­form. The Rapide went into pro­duc­tion in late 2009, ini­tially at Magna Steyr in Aus­tria. De­spite (or per­haps be­cause of) its sports car-like dy­nam­ics, sales haven’t been as strong as Aston would have hoped, and pro­duc­tion moved to Gay­don in late 2012. Re­launched as the Rapide S for 2013 with a deeper new front grille and 550bhp.

SPEC­I­FI­CA­TION (2015MY) En­gine 5935cc, V12 Power 550bhp @ 6750rpm Torque 457lb ft @ 5500rpm 0-60mph 4.8sec Top speed 190mph

The Rapide S, launched in Jan­uary 2013, rep­re­sented a sig­nif­i­cant evo­lu­tion of Aston Martin’s four-door sports car. A more ag­gres­sive grille and head­light treat­ment gave it con­sid­er­ably more road pres­ence, while, un­der the bon­net, vari­able valve tim­ing and a new man­age­ment sys­tem lifted the power of the V12 from 470 to 550bhp, drop­ping the 0-60mph time to just 4.8sec. In late 2014, the S was given an ex­ten­sive re­fresh, which in­cluded the in­tro­duc­tion of an eight-speed gear­box and a host of de­tail re­fine­ments.

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