ALL THE ROAD CARS 1990s-2000s
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.