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    Aston Martin Rapide S

    RAPIDE RESPONSE (some text hidden)

    By Jonathan Crouch

    The Aston Martin Rapide S gves brand loyalists four doors and enviable style. Jonathan Crouch reports.

    Ten Second Reviewword count: 59

    The Aston Martin Rapide S is powered by a fantastic 6.0-litre V12 powerplant and backs that up with the fitment of a ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox, carefully tuned suspension, big brakes and smart electronics. The result is a Grand Tourer par excellence - and one that allows you to bring a couple of rear-seated adults along for the ride.

    Backgroundword count: 150

    Aston Martin's top brass, if they were allowed a moment of unfiltered candour, would probably admit they got the original Rapide wrong. Upon launch, the company claimed that it was a luxury limousine with sporting ability when required, but the truth of the matter was that there's just not enough space in the back seats for this car to measure up against luxury saloons. It was a sports car trying to be something it wasn't. And in this division, a sports car - whether it has two doors or four - needs proper power and presence. Aston better delivered with the restyled Rapide S in 2013 and the company subsequently went much further. With a whole host of engineering upgrades applied since the 'S' was originally launched, this model has really found its stride. It's still small in the back, but now punches above its weight in other dynamic regards.

    Driving Experienceword count: 200

    The 2013 update that turned Rapide into Rapide S wrung another 81PS out of the 5935cc V12, lifting peak power to 558PS at 5,750rpm. That endowed the big Aston the sort of pace to mix it with the real powerhouses of the division and more recent changes harness that power more effectively. In has come ZF's eight speed 8HP automatic gearbox, widely regarded as the best automatic transmission money can buy. Gearbox software changes make for a truly comprehensive selection of available driving features such as 'Drive' and 'Drive Sport' modes along with 'Paddle Shift' and 'Paddle Shift Sport' options for more engaging, sporting, shift control. The Rapide S also gets the latest Bosch Engine Management System, while a revised torque tube reduces transmission noise. The stability control has been retuned to suit the power deployment of the gearbox and the steering ECU has been tweaked to result in a more precise steering response. There are also uprated front brakes, a retuned brake booster and amended rear suspension bushes that are now 20 per cent stiffer than before. The Rapide S is still a serious performer, getting to 62mph in 4.4 seconds and it'll keep going to a breathtaking 203mph.

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    Min

    Max

    0-60 mph (s):

    4.2

    Combined mpg:

    19.9

    Extra urban mpg:

    28

    Height (mm):

    1360

    Length (mm):

    5019

    Max Speed (mph):

    203

    ... and 6 other stats available

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    Category: Luxury Saloons and Estates

    Performance
    80%
    Handling
    80%
    Comfort
    70%
    Space
    30%
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