Aston Martin’s most powerful four-door sedan, the Rapide S, is heading to Australia.
The Rapide S features a heavily revised front-end look, which is relatively dramatic for the financially troubled brand that is seemingly stuck in a styling rut.
There's also a 60kW increase in power from the 6.0-litre V12 in the outgoing model which will be replaced when the Rapide S arrives later this year.
‘‘The Rapide S is to me, without doubt, the most beautiful four-door sports car on the market today,’’ Aston Martin CEO, Ulrich Bez, said.
‘‘The car’s stunning visual appeal is now matched by a much more powerful and yet more efficient engine – our exceptional new AM11 V12 – which increases massively both the excitement and performance potential of the Rapide S.
“It is a four-door sports car that uniquely combines luxury, style and sporting excitement in Aston Martin’s most flexible and accommodating silhouette.’’
The new Rapide S enjoys a 17 per cent increase in power from its predecessor for a total of 410kW, with the ability to cover 0-100 km/h in 4.9 seconds and reach a top speed of about 306km/h.
The new engine boasts a minor increase in torque, too, up from 600Nm to 620Nm.
Though unlikely to be a factor for prospective buyers - given that the starting price for the current model is $371,300 - fuel consumption is also improved on the new Rapide S. CO2 emissions drop by seven per cent – from 355g/km to 332g/km – while claimed fuel economy now stands at a still-thirsty 14.2 litres per 100km.
A new face, highlighted by a new full grille - rather than one separated by a strip - is among a host of aerodynamic and aesthetic upgrades Aston Martin says will create greater downforce on the Rapide S.
In Australia, the car will rival the faster Mercedes Benz CLS63 and versions of the Porsche Panamera, some of which also accelerate faster than the Aston Martin.
Details are yet to be released on the official launch date or cost of the Rapide S.
Aston Martin last year lost market share in Australia with its sales dropping 6.9 per cent in a market that increased 10.3 per cent.