Fall from the looking glass, go through the wardrobe, hit all the buttons inside the Wonkavator, or take the Hogwarts Express destination past the wizard school and also there’s Aston Martin’s updated, five-door Rapide S sports car. It’s engineered with an alternate reality where up is left, down is sideways, rabbits wear top hats, and four-door exotic sports cars is the norm.
It’s an upside down universe where practicality is a burden, beauty always trumps convenience, and a 550-hp 5.9-liter V-12 is considered acceptable and ordinary. The vehicle is a pain in the butt, and wonderful for it.
First seen as a concept back in 2006, the Rapide is an uncompromised sculpture. It’s a spectacular sliver of the car, with a windshield so extremely raked which it’s impossible to see some overhead traffic lights from the driver’s seat, along with a fastback roof that would have even Bilbo Baggins ducking to enter from the back doors. But once it entered production back to 2010 and immediately grew to become sales-proof, the big issue was that it wasn’t fast enough. On Narnia, 470 horsepower might appear to be a lot, but in Car and also Driver’s world, which left the normal aged Rapide behind muggle-spec rivals just like the bulbous Porsche Panamera Turbo S. And also Aston’s said 5.0-second zero-to-60-mph functionality? Nowadays, five seconds is sufficient period to beat Middle-earth.
Therefore Aston has rewritten a Rapide fable using the version of the company’s recent AM11 V-12 which debuted on the fresh Vanquish. The modified block is stuffed with the latest crank and capped by new cylinder heads together with variable timing for both the intake and also wear out cams plus a newer “big wing” intake manifold sucking in through 0.2-inch-larger accelerator bodies. The re-machined burning chambers stream improved along with a slightly elevated retention proportion. All the thumps output nearly 550 horsepower in the screaming 6750 rpm along with 457 pound-feet of peak torque on 5000 revoltions per minute with, Aston asserts, considerably better twisting manufacturing beneath 4000 rpm. There are no turbos, no superchargers, and no dark arts involved.
To deal with European pedestrian-protection criteria, Aston provides mounted a engine 0.8 inch reduced in its bay?whilst upgrading forward grille plus cover. Toss in LED lamps and 20-inch tires within 245/35ZR-20 front along with 295/30ZR-20 rear Bridgestone tires, which is a vehicle which visually blows its own Golden Ticket. That mentioned, which stays almost the same is Aston’s glue- and rivet-bonded metal space-frame architecture, and also the rear-mounted six-speed automated transaxle.