|There’s a new Aston Martin in town: the Aston Martin Rapide S! The Rapide S is a four-door Super Sports by Aston Martin, which came about at this year’s Geneva Motor show. In April, Motorsportchannel.com revealed that Aston Martin Kuala Lumpur had intended for a June launch for the Rapide S. And so, the four-door Sports car has touched down…|
2013 marks the centennial year of the Aston Martin marque; one of the most recognizable British Automotive marques. Founded by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford in 1913, the partnership led to the creation of the first Aston Martin Grand Prix car in 1922. That era saw Aston Martin progress into endurance racing, mainly Le Mans 24-hour and the 1000km Nurburgring from the 1930s through 50s. The British performance makers then moved on to the 1964 James Bond flick, Goldfinger, and pit the Aston Martin DB5 as Bond’s trusty spy-savvy automobile.
The first production variant came in time in the 1970s with the introduction of the Aston Martin V8 Vantage. The Aston Martin V8 Vantage was again Bond’s supercar in the 1987 James Bond flick ‘Living Daylights’. In the 90s, the Aston DB7 went into production and subsequently in the new millennium, the Aston Martin Vanquish debut in another Bond flick ‘Die Another Day’.
Aston Martin held true to its motorsports DNA when they returned to motorsport with the DBR9, which ran in the GT category of the 2005 Le Mans 24-hour. Three years later, the Aston Martin DBS starred in the fourth Bond movie ‘Quantum Solace’. Up till today, the British sports car manufacturers have built just over 60,000 cars and delivered the cars through its 145 dealerships in 44 countries around the globe. Currently, the Aston Martin portfolio of variants comprise of the finest ‘Six’: the popular Vantage in three versions, DB9, Rapide S, Vanquish, V12 Zagato and the flagship One-77. Aston Kuala Lumpur, one of the latest dealerships in Asia, offers the Vantage, DB9, DBS, Vanquish, and now the Rapide S.
The Aston Martin Rapide S picks up where its predecessor had left off. Easily recognizable, the Rapide S is infused with an imposing and super-sized ‘new’ face; most evidently its large single-piece front grille. Additionally, the LED strips on the headlights figuratively make the Rapide S a little more menacing. At the side, the sweeping silhouette obviously for better aerodynamics provides relevant aesthetic values to reinforce the sporting nature of the Aston Martin four-door sports car. From the rear, a new rear deck profile houses a more pronounced boot lid ‘flip’. Optional carbon fiber pack which include the front splitter, rear diffuser, mirror caps and rear lights infills are available for the Rapide S. Silver-painted wheel and tyre sizes differ front and rear, with the front tyre at 245/35ZR20 and the rear tyre measuring 295/30ZR20.
Interior-wise, the Aston Martin Rapide S is entirely customizable. Interior ornaments are overall cabin in piano black, leather seats with red stitchings (optional), pure glass transmission selector switches on the center console, dark surround in the instrument cluster and on the steering. Head-linings consist of blend of tan or grey for that luxury effect. Other conveniences that could be added are; reverse camera and twin-screen rear seat entertainment system with wireless headphones, remote control and 6-disc DVD player, as well as the Q by Aston Martin service.
Under the hood, the Aston Rapide S’s naturally-aspirated 6.0-liter V12 powerplant produces 550 bhp at 6,750 rpm, possibly limited, and up to 620 Nm at 5,000rpm of torque. The 2013 Rapide S’ power output and torque figures are up 17 percent or 80 hp and 20 Nm respectively from the previous edition. Further, the Rapide S does 0 – 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds and reaches a top speed of 305 km/h. All of these figures are achievable thanks to the new AM11 engine which boasts fully CNC machined combustion chambers and lighter, hollow camshafts.
The Aston Martin Rapide S retails from RM 1.8 million, unchanged from the previous Aston Martin Rapide. Custom add-ons for the Rapide S include; 20-inch wheels in a myriad of painted trims, alternative brake calipers, Magnum Silver rear lights infills, Carbon exterior, fascia trims, wood door trims, personalized sill plaques, semi-aniline leather, color-keyed steering, and more.