Fall through the looking glass, move through the wardrobe, hit all the buttons inside the Wonkavator, or take the Hogwarts Express destination past the wizard school and also there’s Aston Martin’s updated, five-door Rapide S sports vehicle. It’s engineered for an alternate reality where up is left, down is sideways, rabbits wear top hats, and four-door exotic sports cars is the norm.
It’s an upside down universe where practicality is a burden, beauty always trumps convenience, plus a 550-hp 5.9-liter V-12 will be viewed as acceptable and ordinary. The car is a pain on the butt, and wonderful for this.
First viewed as a idea back in 2006, the Rapide is the uncompromised figurine. It’s a dramatic sliver of the car, having a windscreen very brutally raked that it’s impossible to determine several overhead traffic lights through the driver’s seat, along with a fastback roof that would have even Bilbo Baggins ducking to get in from the rear doors. But once it got into production back to 2010 plus immediately became sales-proof, the large issue was that it wasn’t fast enough. In Narnia, 470 horsepower might appear to be lots, but in Car and Driver’s community, that kept the regular old Rapide behind muggle-spec competitors like the bulbous Porsche Panamera Turbo S. And Aston’s said 5.0-second zero-to-60-mph efficiency? Nowadays, five seconds is enough time to conquer Middle-earth.
Therefore Aston has rewritten a Rapide fable using the version of the company’s recent AM11 V-12 which debuted on the latest Vanquish. A changed block is full of the latest crank and capped by fresh cylinder heads with varied timing on both that consumption and exhaust cams plus a latest “big wing” intake manifold inhaling through 0.2-inch-larger throttle bodies. A re-machined ignition chambers circulate better with a slightly elevated pressure proportion. All that thumps output nearly 550 hp at the screaming 6750 rpm and 457 pound-feet of maximum torque in 5000 rpm with, Aston asserts, a lot better twisting manufacturing beneath 4000 rpm. There are no turbos, no superchargers, and no dark arts involved.
To face European pedestrian-protection criteria, Aston has attached the engine 0.8 inches lower in its bay?while redesigning forward grille plus hood. Throw in LED lighting and 20-inch tires inside 245/35ZR-20 front and 295/30ZR-20 back Bridgestone wheels, and this is a car that visually blows its own Golden Ticket. Which observed, what remains essentially the same is Aston’s glue- and rivet-bonded aluminum space-frame structure, and the rear-mounted six-speed automated transaxle.
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