The new Rapide S ups the speed and power while attempting to retain the style, comfort and good looks of the original Aston Martin four-door GT.
The grille is bigger and the top speed has been increased but most of the changes to Aston Martin's four-door GT are subtle. Photo:AFP
In what feels like a direct response to the new Maserati Quattroporte and Audi's RS7 Sportback, Aston Martin has officially launched a new, overhauled ‘S' version of its four-door GT, the Aston Martin Rapide.
The car company has worked hard to increase power and performance without diluting the car's good looks; apart from an angrier-looking front grille, Aston's designers have managed to retain the car's lines and proportions while upping the V12's output to 558PS. This translates into a 0-100kph (62mph) time of 4.9 seconds and a higher top speed of 190mph (305kph).
Keeping the car in check is a new active damping system and adjustable ride settings so that the car can handle like a long-distance cruiser transporting the driver and three lucky passengers on an intercontinental jaunt, or it can be driven on the red line around the track in race mode.
Inside, the cabin now comes with an optional piano black wood finish and pure glass transmission selector switches. While, for those seeking the ultimate in luxury and personalization, the ‘Q by Aston Martin' service offers uniquely-tailored options for individualization. The Q service focuses on fashioning color and materials with limitless boundaries of customer choice and specification, enabling owners to give free rein to their creativity and indulge their desire for bespoke luxury.