With the new Aston Martin Rapide S, the British automaker has added more power and improved driving dynamics. Perhaps just as important for a car wearing Aston Martin badges, the four-door benefits from exterior and interior styling updates. Will the Rapide S’ freshened design and power boost help the car make a bigger impact on luxury buyers?
The Aston Martin Rapide S’ exterior tweaks are more than just superficial; some enhance aerodynamics. Horizontal slats in the larger, one-piece grille replace the horizontal and vertical slats in the standard Rapide’s two-tier grille, while a new air intake below the grille is flanked by more prominent forward-facing fascia extensions. Around back, the integrated trunk lip spoiler is taller in the middle. A new Carbon Exterior Pack includes a carbon fiber front splitter, taillight trim, rear diffuser, and mirror caps. Carbon ceramic brakes peek out from the Rapide S’ unique wheel design.
Inside, the instrument cluster has a darker surround and handcrafted, polished glass buttons – similar to those used in the Virage – are used for the transmission gear selector switches. Duotone perforated red and black leather upholstery is now available for the Rapide’s four bucket seats