Fall from the looking glass, move through the wardrobe, hit each of the buttons on the Wonkavator, or take the Hogwarts Express one stop past the wizard school and there’s Aston Martin’s updated, five-door Rapide S sports car. It’s engineered for an alternative reality where up remains, down is sideways, rabbits wear top hats, and four-door exotic sports cars is the tradition.
It’s an inverted universe where practicality is a burden, beauty always trumps convenience, plus a 550-hp 5.9-liter V-12 is considered acceptable and ordinary. The car is a pain in the butt, and wonderful for it.
First viewed as a idea back to 2006, the Rapide is the uncompromised sculpture. It’s a dramatic sliver of the car, using a windscreen very brutally raked that it’s impossible to see some expense traffic lamps from the driver’s seat, plus a fastback roof top that could have even Bilbo Baggins ducking to get in from the back doors. But when it got into production back in 2010 and promptly grew to become sales-proof, the big issue were that it wasn’t fast enough. In Narnia, 470 horsepower may seem like a lot, however in Car and Driver’s world, which kept the standard ancient Rapide behind muggle-spec rivals such as the bulbous Porsche Panamera Turbo S. And Aston’s claimed 5.0-second zero-to-60-mph efficiency? Today, 5 secs is enough period to beat Middle-earth.
Therefore Aston has rewritten the Rapide fable with the version of a company’s current AM11 V-12 that debuted on the fresh Vanquish. A revised block is full of the latest crank and capped by latest cylinder heads together with varied timing for both the intake and also wear out cams plus a newer “big wing” consumption a lot more inhaling via 0.2-inch-larger accelerator bodies. A re-machined ignition chambers stream improved with a a little bit improved pressure proportion. All the thumps output up to 550 hp at the shouting 6750 rpm along with 457 pound-feet of maximum torque at 5000 revoltions per minute with, Aston asserts, significantly better twisting creation beneath 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 inches reduced in its bay?although upgrading forward grille and hood. Toss in LED lighting and also 20-inch tires inside 245/35ZR-20 front and 295/30ZR-20 back Bridgestone wheels, and this is a car that visually blows its very own Golden Ticket. That noted, which is still virtually unchanged is Aston’s glue- along with rivet-bonded metal space-frame structure, and the rear-mounted six-speed automatic transaxle.