Fall through the looking glass, move through the wardrobe, hit each of the buttons inside the Wonkavator, or use the Hogwarts Express destination through 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 is left, down is sideways, rabbits use top hats, and four-door exotic sports cars is the norm.
It’s an inverted universe where practicality is a burden, beauty always trumps convenience, and a 550-hp 5.9-liter V-12 is viewed as reasonable and ordinary. The car is a pain on the ass, and beautiful for this.
First viewed as a idea back to 2006, the Rapide is an uncompromised figurine. It’s a spectacular sliver of a car, having a windscreen so brutally raked that it’s difficult to discover several expense traffic lamps through the driver’s seat, and a fastback roof that could have even Bilbo Baggins ducking to get in from the rear doors. But once it entered production back to 2010 plus promptly became sales-proof, the big complaint was that it wasn’t fast enough. On Narnia, 470 hp might appear to be a lot, but in Car and also Driver’s world, which kept the standard ancient Rapide behind muggle-spec rivals like the bulbous Porsche Panamera Turbo S. And also Aston’s claimed 5.0-second zero-to-60-mph efficiency? Today, five secs is sufficient time to beat Middle-earth.
So Aston has rewritten the Rapide fable using the form of a company’s latest AM11 V-12 that debuted on the fresh Vanquish. A revised block is full of a new crank and capped by latest cylinder heads together with varied timing for both that intake and exhaust cams plus a fresh “big wing” consumption manifold sucking in via 0.2-inch-larger throttle bodies. The re-machined combustion spaces stream improved with a slightly increased compression percentage. All the thumps output around 550 hp at a screaming 6750 rpm and 457 pound-feet of top torque on 5000 revoltions per minute with, Aston claims, significantly better twisting creation below 4000 revoltions per minute. There are no turbos, no superchargers, and no dark arts involved.
To deal with European pedestrian-protection criteria, Aston provides installed the engine 0.8 inches reduced in its bay?while upgrading the front grille and hood. Throw in LED lighting and also 20-inch tires inside 245/35ZR-20 front and 295/30ZR-20 rear Bridgestone wheels, which is a car which visually blows its very own Golden Ticket. That mentioned, which remains virtually unchanged is Aston’s glue- and rivet-bonded metal space-frame architecture, and the rear-mounted six-speed automated transaxle.