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 there’s Aston Martin’s updated, five-door Rapide S sports car. It’s engineered for the alternative reality where up remains, down is sideways, rabbits use top hats, and four-door exotic sports cars are the tradition.
It’s an inverted universe where practicality is the burden, beauty always trumps convenience, along with a 550-hp 5.9-liter V-12 will be considered acceptable and ordinary. The vehicle is a pain in the ass, and beautiful for it.
First seen as a concept back in 2006, the Rapide is the uncompromised figurine. It’s a spectacular sliver of a car, having a windscreen so extremely raked that it’s impossible to find out some overhead traffic lights through the driver’s seat, along with a fastback roof that will have even Bilbo Baggins ducking to get in from the back doors. But when it got into production back to 2010 and quickly became sales-proof, the big issue was that it wasn’t fast enough. In Narnia, 470 hp may seem like a lot, but in Vehicle and also Driver’s community, that kept the standard ancient Rapide in back of muggle-spec rivals like the bulbous Porsche Panamera Turbo S. And Aston’s stated 5.0-second zero-to-60-mph functionality? Nowadays, 5 seconds is enough time to conquer Middle-earth.
Therefore Aston has rewritten the Rapide fable with the form of a company’s newest AM11 V-12 which debuted in the new Vanquish. The revised block is stuffed with the latest crank and capped by new cylinder heads together with varied timing on both that intake and also wear out cams along with a newer “big wing” intake manifold sucking in through 0.2-inch-larger accelerator bodies. A re-machined burning chambers circulate better along with a a little bit elevated compression proportion. All the thumps output nearly 550 horsepower in the screaming 6750 rpm along with 457 pound-feet of top torque in 5000 revoltions per minute with, Aston claims, considerably better twisting manufacturing below four thousand rpm. There are no turbos, no superchargers, and no dark arts involved.
To deal with European pedestrian-protection standards, Aston offers attached the engine 0.8 inch reduced in its bay?while upgrading the front grille plus hood. Toss in LED lighting and 20-inch tires within 245/35ZR-20 front along with 295/30ZR-20 rear Bridgestone tires, which is a vehicle which visually punches its own Golden Ticket. That observed, what is still almost the same is Aston’s glue- along with rivet-bonded aluminum space-frame architecture, and also the rear-mounted six-speed automatic transaxle.