2015 Aston Martin Rapide S

2015 Aston Martin Rapide S 1 2015 Aston Martin Rapide S

2015 Aston Martin Rapide S 6 2015 Aston Martin Rapide S

The ‘Aston Martin Rapide’ was first launched in 2010. This high performance Saloon (sedan) took its name from the old ‘Lagonda Rapide’ car. Since Lagonda is a part of Aston Martin, they decided to revive the name. For the 2015 model year, the company will be launching the face lifted and upgraded ‘Aston Martin Rapide S’. The official press release read, “Aston Martin is today revealing details of a raft of important enhancements to two of the brand’s most popular and successful sports cars: the Vanquish ultimate GT and Rapide S four-door, four-seat, sports car. With the arrival of 15 Model Year (15MY) cars in markets around the world over the next few months, the luxury British brand is offering not only considerably enhanced performance and much-improved fuel economy and emissions, but also an even more honed, precise and responsive driving experience. With the debut of the new Touchtronic III eight-speed automatic gearbox in both Vanquish and Rapide S – the first time that this state-of-the-art gearbox has been incorporated into a transaxle layout – Aston Martin is improving every major area of the cars’ performance and fuel economy. The brand’s engineers have worked meticulously with technical partner, ZF, to develop the eight-speed technology and integrate it perfectly into the latest generation of the iconic and much-imitated Aston Martin VH architecture. The 0-60 mph times for both the Vanquish and Rapide S are reduced in 15MY cars: The Vanquish drops from 4.1 seconds to just 3.6 seconds (3.8 seconds 0-100 km/h) and the Rapide S is capable of the same sprint in only 4.2 seconds (4.4 seconds 0-100 km/h) – also down by a full half second from its previous figure of 4.7 seconds. These impressive gains not only ensure the cars’ exceptional competitiveness in their respective sectors, but also confirm Vanquish as the quickest accelerating series production Aston Martin in the company’s 101-year history.”

Aston Martin Product Development Director, Ian Minards said about the new transmission, “”This has been a detailed piece of work involving careful consideration of many technical parameters including gear ratios, software integration and shifting strategies. This has delivered a significant step change in both vehicle performance and economy whilst preserving the unique Aston Martin V12 driving experience.” Director of Design Marek Reichman said about the design of the new car, “More bold and dynamic interior and exterior treatments are the perfect offering for customers of the latest models…It is, of course, possible to add more colour to our cars while maintaining Aston Martin’s reputation for elegance and beauty, and I’m very happy to see this enhanced and extended colour palette offered to our loyal customers around the world.”

The formal launch of the new car is slated to take place in late 2014. Aston Martin will be releasing further details in the coming days. In case of exterior styling, there is a new addition of a stylish ten-spoke forged alloy wheels that are available with multiple finishes. The new wheels not only increase the style quotient but shed almost seven kilo weight when compared with the standard wheel. There are also new options for exterior paint including, the special Diavalo Red which was previously only available with the V12 Zagato.

For interior, there is new colors available for leather trim, including the very stylish blue-black Dark Knight, and striking bold Fandango Pink. The new ‘Rapide S’ has also been given the option of a new Duotone leather seat finish in the following colors- Sahara Tan and Vibrant Red. Reduction of exhaust gas back pressure with ratio adjustment and other modifications has resulted in a increase of peak power by two bhp, 552 bhp (560 PS). Peak torque is up by 10 Nm at 630 Nm.


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