Thursday, April 11, 2013

Aston Martin Explains the Rapide S in Five Minute-Long Video

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The Aston Martin Rapide S is one of the nicest looking four-door sedans in the world, but many will dismiss it as being a simple facelift of the previous model. Here to correct you is the firm's Director of Product Development, Ian Minards, who breaks the S apart in front of your eyes and puts all the changes they've made into perspective.
He talks about the revised six-liter V12 engine, which gets 80 more horsepower than before, as well as improvements in safety and emissions. The car, despite being considerably more powerful emits 332 g/km CO2, which is down from the previous model's 355 g/km figure.
One thing that slightly worries us in this age of carbon tubs and suspension systems which overload your mind if you try to comprehend them, is that Aston Martin is still using its 10 year-old VH platform, which came about with the creation of the first-gen DB9.
Regardless, one cannot loathe a sleek sedan that can do 305 km/h (190 mph), and sprint from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in just under five seconds. That's three tenths quicker than the Rapide, which comes courtesy of the extra power (550 hp in total, now) as well as a recalibrated six-speed automatic gearbox.
By Andrei Nedelea





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