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Aston Martin Rapide To Be Discontinued In Favor Of EV 21
Mar
Posted by Brad Anderson in ASTON MARTIN, aston martin rapide, Electric Vehicles, Reports on 03 21st, 2017


Aston Martin has confirmed that the V12-powered Rapide we’re familiar with will soon be killed off to make way for an all-electric variant.
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Aston Martin Rapide and Vantage Gain More Extreme AMR Derivatives 7
Mar
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in ASTON MARTIN, Aston Martin Concepts, aston martin rapide, Aston Martin Vantage, concept, Geneva Motor Show on 03 7th, 2017


Aston Martin announced the launch of the AMR sub-brand which is aimed to take technology and inspiration from motorsport and create a sharper version of each model in the company’s range.
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Rory Reid Sparks Life Into Top Gear With Aston Martin Road Trip 10
Feb
Posted by Brad Anderson in ASTON MARTIN, aston martin rapide, Aston Martin Videos, Top Gear, video on 02 10th, 2017


As Top Gear continues to thrive in its post-Chris Evans era, the TV show’s official YouTube channel has just launched a new series which will see Rory Reid enjoying some of the world’s greatest driving roads in some thrilling road trips.
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These Supercars Aren’t Made Where You Think They Are 26
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Acura, Acura NSX, ASTON MARTIN, aston martin rapide, Ford, Ford GT, Honda / Acura NSX, mercedes, Mercedes SLR McLaren, Spotlight, Spyker on 12 26th, 2016


The mainstream, mass-market automakers that drive the industry have long since broken beyond the borders of the countries in which they're based.

That Toyota you're driving, for instance, was probably made in America, not in Japan. The Fiat 500 may be quintessentially Italian, but it's made in Poland and Mexico. And despite its all-American image, the Jeep Renegade is made in Italy.
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This Is What Happens When Supercar Manufacturers Make Four-Door Sedans 1
Aug
Posted by Carscoops Staff in ASTON MARTIN, aston martin rapide, Bugatti, Bugatti Concepts, Bugatti Galibier, Ferrari, Ferrari Concepts, Lamborghini, Lamborghini Concepts, Maserati, Maserati Quattroporte, porsche, Porsche Panamera, Spotlight on 08 1st, 2016


There was a time – and it wasn't so long ago – that supercar manufacturers made two-door sports cars, and that was all they made. But these days their wealthy clientele demand the best of both worlds: the ability to transport the entire family at breakneck speeds and in the grandest of style.
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Aston Martin Recalls 6,000 Vehicles In US Over Door Locks 18
Jul
Posted by Carscoops Staff in ASTON MARTIN, Aston Martin DB9, Aston Martin DBS, aston martin rapide, Aston Martin Vanquish, Aston Martin Vantage, Recalls on 07 18th, 2016


Aston Martin is recalling the lion's share of its luxury sports cars in America over a security feature that works just fine, but does not comply with US federal regulations.
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Aston Martin DBX And Electric Rapide To Arrive Before 2019 15
Jul
Posted by Brad Anderson in ASTON MARTIN, Aston Martin Concepts, aston martin rapide, Electric Vehicles on 07 15th, 2016


Aston Martin's long-awaited DBX crossover and all-electric Rapide are set to both arrive by 2019, each marking significant changes for the British marque.
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Aston Martin’s Deal With LeEco Could Include Building Farady Future FFZero1 10
Mar
Posted by Carscoop Carscoop in ASTON MARTIN, aston martin rapide, Electric Vehicles, Faraday Future, Reports on 03 10th, 2016


The partnership with the Chinese electric tech company can go further as Aston Martin seeks to expand its demographic to environmentally-conscious clientele and meet tightening emissions standards the world over.
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Aston Martin Unveils Rapide S With New Technologies At CES 7
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in ASTON MARTIN, Aston Martin Concepts, aston martin rapide, CES, concepts on 01 7th, 2016


Aston Martin and technology company Letv have teamed up to unveil a very special Rapide S at CES 2016.
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Aston Martin’s Boss Confirms Electric Rapide Scheduled For 2017 13
Oct
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in ASTON MARTIN, aston martin rapide, Electric Vehicles, Reports on 10 13th, 2015


Aston Martin’s CEO Andy Palmer confirmed the development of a purely electric Rapide in an interview in London.
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Aston Martin Rapide S Unveiled w/ 550 British Ponies 23
Jan
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in ASTON MARTIN, aston martin rapide, Aston Martin Rapide S, Automotive, News, video on 01 23rd, 2013
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The long-awaited Aston Martin Rapide S has been unveiled as Aston Martin’s most powerful 4-door vehicle yet. Now with 550 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque from a 6.0-liter V12 engine, the British 4-door is good for reaching 0-60 mph in just 4.7 seconds and top out at 190 mph.

Receiving a fresh new style and update from its predecessor, the new Rapide S gets more of a sporty character as what the “S” label probably represents. New adaptive suspension and three driver select modes, Normal, Sport and Track, make the most out of the new Rapide S’ new-found handling abilities and extra power.

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The over-all exterior styling profile has been updated to have more of a coupe look where the rear doors almost dissolve into the wide fender-flared rear-end. Its distinctive looks are yet only one aspect to set it apart from anything else on the road. A newly design front grill, still resembling other Astons, gets a reshape. Other design elements include Carbon Fiber from a new optional Carbon Exterior Pack for all major exterior trim pieces.

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The internet basically remains the same, which is not a bad thing considering how it was perceived by many to be plush, luxurious and functionally timeless. Updated is a new piano black interior pack and Dutone perforated red and black leather.

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Aston Martin Rapide S Press Release

The Aston Martin Rapide S: more power, more beauty, same soul

• Rapide S is the most powerful four-door Aston Martin to date
• Peak output jumps 17% as new 6.0-litre V12 engine produces 550bhp
• More assertive new look emphasises Rapide S’ sports car character

Gaydon, England – 23 January 2013 – The stunning new Aston Martin Rapide S is making its debut with yet more luxury and yet more power on offer in its quintessentially elegant four-door silhouette.

The iconic British car maker’s new luxury GT has been sympathetically redesigned and painstakingly re-engineered to reassert its position as the world’s most beautiful, and beautifully balanced, four-seat sports car.

Aside from the extensive design and engineering improvements, the luxurious new Rapide S – which replaces the outgoing Rapide in markets worldwide – is now even more refined thanks to a range of additions to the four-seater’s sumptuous interior.

Still instantly recognisable as an Aston Martin, of course, the new Rapide S now boasts an imposing and assertive new ‘face’, created by virtue of the impressive and striking new full grille.

Imbuing the new car with an even more sporting, forceful demeanour, the revised front end design is matched at the back by a striking new rear deck profile which includes a more pronounced boot lid ‘flip’. The aerodynamic and aesthetic upgrades both reinforce the sporting nature of new Rapide S and work to counteract lift at higher speeds.

Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ulrich Bez said: “The Rapide S is to me, without doubt, the most beautiful four-door sports car on the market today. This is, very clearly, the power of luxury in action.

“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. Purity of proportion and exceptional elegance are mixed with truly sensational dynamic performance – this is the four-door sports car in its most versatile form and I am sure our customers around the world are going to love it!”

Engineered to excel
Changes under the new Rapide’s skin are comprehensive, with a version of the new AM11 naturally-aspirated 6.0-litre V12 powerplant delivering unprecedented power and improved in-gear acceleration.

Power from the new engine jumps significantly versus that of its predecessor: up by 17% or a massive 80 bhp from 470 bhp at 6,000 rpm to a now very substantial 550 bhp at 6,750 rpm.
Peak torque increases, too, up from 443 lb.ft (600 Nm) to 457 lb.ft (620 Nm) at 5,000 rpm. Meanwhile an even more marked improvement in torque occurs lower down the rev range, as pulling power rises by more than 30 lb ft (40 Nm) between idle and 4,000 rpm with an additional 37 lb ft (50 Nm) available at 2,500 rpm.

Naturally, increases in power and torque lead to even swifter performance as befits a four-door sports car. New Rapide S shaves 0.4 seconds off its 0-60 mph time, which drops from the 5.1 seconds of the current car to just 4.7 seconds for the new model. Top speed climbs, meanwhile, to 190 mph.

The 5,935 cc naturally aspirated V12 boasts race car technology – developments derived directly from Aston Martin Racing’s successful WEC GT campaign – to maximise both performance and efficiency. The new AM11 engine thus boasts fully CNC machined combustion chambers and lighter, hollow, cam shafts.

Dual variable camshaft timing, knock sensing, even the fully catalysed stainless steel exhaust system – these are all engineering advances developed to preserve the V12′s position as a mainstay of the Aston Martin range.

The engine is now even more efficient, too. Despite the very significant increase if peak power and torque, the Rapide S is appreciably more economical than before. European CO2 emissions drop by seven per cent – from 355 g/km to 332 g/km – while fuel economy now stands at 19.9 mpg on the official EU combined cycle (US data to be confirmed).

A product of the latest generation of Aston Martin’s world-renowned VH engineering philosophy, which debuted in 2003, the new car of course benefits from many elements of the current Gen4 VH architecture.

The carefully conceived engineering changes continue as the new Rapide now offers even sharper agility and even quicker responses to driver input. The new AM11 engine – a key Gen4 component – has been lowered by 19 mm versus the position of the powerplant in the previous car, with a corresponding reduction in the sports car’s centre of gravity.

The changes also lead to a tangible improvement in front end turn-in – no mean feat for a car that was already acknowledged as a leader in dynamic performance.

Aston Martin engineers at the company’s global HQ in Gaydon have worked to revise the car’s dynamic stability control (DSC) in line with its significant increases in both power and torque.
As befits the more sporting nature of new Rapide S the car benefits from the latest Gen4 iteration of Aston Martin’s hi-tech Adaptive Damping System (ADS). The system now offers three distinct settings: ‘Normal’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Track’, with the character of each being tailored to the nature of Rapide S.

The ADS automatically alters the suspension settings to ensure the driver has high levels of control at all times, with the ability to respond quickly to different driving conditions. The different damping modes help to significantly broaden the character of the Rapide S, adapting its set-up to suit the driver’s mood and requirements. Thus it can be a luxurious GT car in Normal mode with the capacity to morph into a more assertive sports car in Sport and Track modes.

The damper settings are determined by an electronic control unit which takes sensor readings from the car’s systems, including throttle position, brake position, steering wheel rotation and vehicle speed. This data establishes the prevailing driving conditions and the demands the driver is making on the car.

Head of Product Development at Aston Martin, Ian Minards, explains: “Growing the power in a luxury sports car is all very well, but maximising control and ‘usability’ of that increased power is, just as much, the engineers’ challenge.

“Balance, poise and control are the keys to a successful sports car and the dynamic improvements we have made with Rapide S showcase our efforts to make this not just the most beautiful, but also the most beautifully balanced, car in its class.”

He added: “Transmission calibration, ADS refinement, braking capability and engine output optimisation are among the many ‘ingredients’ which the team here at Gaydon have used to create a sports car of unerring quality and excitement.”

Meanwhile, as with the new DB9, the new Rapide S achieves compliance with the latest European pedestrian protection regulations courtesy of its innovative new front grille design.
The lowered engine, new bonnet, new front bumper construction and new grille combine to deliver a uniquely innovative approach to pedestrian impact protection.

The patent-pending design – which features a unique ‘keystone’ construction – enables the grille to move rearwards on impact, whilst the central and outboard chin stiffeners give rigidity to the lower structure and support achievement of the leg impact regulations. Cut-outs on the front wing catwalks contribute to the achievement of the headform regulation.

The solution means Aston Martin can remain true to its design ethos, and avoid the use of plastic grilles and nose cone bumpers that stretch up in front of the bonnet.

First class cabin
As luxurious as it is thrilling, the new car now boasts a host of new luxury- or sports- orientated options, allowing buyers to more precisely tailor the car to their specific style.

The new optional Carbon Exterior Pack, for instance, immediately dials up the Rapide’s sporting attitude. Front splitter, rear diffuser, mirror caps and rear lamp infills all fashioned from carbon fibre clearly signal the sporting nature of this 550 bhp four-seater.

More pronounced luxury, on the other hand, comes from the new piano black interior pack that adds a deep, rich, mirror-like shine to the facia, transmission tunnel centre plate and door handles of the Rapide S. A darker surround in the instrument binnacle and steering wheel with black horn-push surround round off the pack’s sumptuous additions. Luxurious blend headlinings in either tan or grey emphasise the luxury still further inside.

As would be expected of a modern Aston Martin, handcrafting is the order of the day in the Rapide S with the standard-fit pure glass transmission selector switches in the centre console one small yet important example of the truly authentic, bespoke, nature of the car’s cabin.
However those with a desire for a more sporting ambience in their sports car will not be disappointed. Optional Duotone perforated red and black leather makes its Aston Martin debut here – delivering a captivating visual combination that’s unique to the new Rapide S.

Luxury is enhanced by the removal of extraneous ‘noise’ and the enhancement of desirable ‘sound’ – a fine distinction but one that helps the new car deliver an aural experience like no other. Improved NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) characteristics are derived from the likes of the new bonnet lining and revised windscreen cowl.

Flexibility comes in the form of four seats – the rearmost two capable of accommodating adults in a uniquely sporting setting – while at the touch of a button the individual back seats fold down to almost triple the Aston Martin’s load space.

Options to further enhance the luxurious look and feel of the Rapide S include, subject to market, a reversing camera and twin screen rear seat entertainment system with wireless headphones, remote control and six-disc DVD changer.

Those seeking the ultimate in luxury and personalisation can also consider the ‘Q by Aston Martin’ service which offers uniquely-tailored options for individualisation. The Q service focuses on fashioning colour and materials with limitless boundaries precisely to customer choice and specification, enabling owners to give free rein to the creativity and indulge their desire for bespoke luxury.

The new Aston Martin Rapide S will be available to order through the brand’s 146 dealers worldwide next month with prices confirmed closer to the on-sale date.

Aston Martin Rapide S Specification

Body
• Four-door sports car with four seats
• Extruded bonded aluminium VH body structure
• Aluminium, magnesium alloy and composite body
• Extruded aluminium door side-impact beams
• Single bi-xenon headlamps with integrated LED side lights and direction
indicators
• Clear LED rear lamps

Engine
• All-alloy, quad overhead camshaft, 48 valve, 5,935cc, V12
• Front mid-mounted engine, rear-wheel drive
• Fully catalysed stainless steel exhaust system with active bypass valves Max power: 550 bhp (558 PS) at 6,750 rpm
Max torque: 457 lb ft (620 Nm) at 5,500 rpm
Acceleration: 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds
Max speed: predicted 190 mph (306 km/h)

Transmission
• Rear mid-mounted ‘Touchtronic 2′ six-speed transmission with electronic shift-by- wire control system
• Alloy torque tube with carbon fibre propeller shaft
• Limited slip differential
• Final drive ratio 3.46:1

Wheels & Tyres
• 20-inch, 20-spoke, silver painted alloy wheels
• Front wheel: 8.5J x 20-inch
• Rear wheel: 11J x 20-inch
• Front tyre: Bridgestone Potenza 245/35 ZR20
• Rear tyre: Bridgestone Potenza 295/30 ZR20
• Tyre repair kit

Dimensions
Length: 197.6” (5019mm)
Wheelbase: 117.7” (2989mm)
Front Track: 62.6” (1589mm)
Rear Track: 63.5” (1613mm)
Width: 84.3” (2140mm) (inc. mirrors) 75.9” (1929mm) (exc. mirrors)
Fuel tank capacity: 19.9 Imp.galls, 23.9 US galls (90.5 litres)
Height: 53.5” (1360mm)
Weight: 4387lb (1990 kg)

Steering
• Rack and pinion, servotronic speed-sensitive power-assisted steering, 3.0 turns lock-to-lock
• Column tilt and reach adjustment

Brakes
• Front: dual cast discs, 398 mm diameter with six-piston monobloc calipers
• Rear: dual cast discs, 360 mm diameter with four-piston monobloc calipers
• Grey painted brake calipers
• Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with track mode
• Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
• Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
• Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)
• Traction Control (TC)

Suspension
• Three Stage Adaptive Damping System (ADS) with Normal, Sport and Track modes
• Front: independent double wishbones incorporating anti-dive geometry, coil springs, anti-roll bar and monotube adaptive dampers
• Rear: independent double wishbones with anti-squat and anti-lift geometry, coil springs, anti-roll bar and monotube adaptive dampers

Specification
• Full-grain leather interior
• Walnut facia trim with graphite centre console finish and iridium silver surround
• Leather sports steering wheel
• Electrically adjustable front seats with side airbags
• Memory front seats & exterior mirrors (three positions)
• Dual-stage driver/front passenger front airbags
• Front occupant side airbags
• Powerfold exterior heated mirrors
• Heated front and rear seats
• Heated rear screen
• Automatic temperature control
• Organic Electroluminescent (OEL) displays
• Trip computer
• Cruise control
• Bluetooth® telephone preparation1
• Satellite navigation1,2
• Auto-dimming interior rear-view mirror
• Auto-dimming interior rear-view mirror with garage door opener (USA and
Canada only) 1
• Satellite radio system (USA only) 1
• Front and rear parking sensors
• Tyre pressure monitoring system1
• Alarm and immobiliser
• Remote-control central door locking and boot release
• Glass ECU
• Tracking device1,3 (UK only)
• LED map-reading lights
• Boot-mounted umbrella
• 1000-watt Bang & Olufsen BeoSound audio system with ICEpower® technology
• Integrated Apple iPod®,4 connector
• USB Connector with Waveform Audio Format (WAF), Windows Media Audio
(WMA) and MPEG (MP3) audio file compatibility
• 3.5 mm auxiliary input socket

Options
• 20-inch multi-spoke alloy gloss black painted wheels with diamond turned finish
• 20-inch ten-spoke alloy silver painted wheels with diamond-turned finish
• 20-inch ten-spoke alloy black painted wheels with diamond-turned finish
• 20-inch 20-spoke polished alloy wheels
• Alternative brake caliper finish – black, red, or silver
• Magnum Silver rear lamp infills
• Delete model badge
• Delete protective tape
• Carbon Exterior Pack
• Optional facia trims – Piano Black, bamboo, tamo ash, mahogany
• Piano Black Pack
• Matching wood door trim
• Personalised sill plaques
• Semi-aniline leather
• Duotone black and red perforated leather
• Colour-keyed steering wheel
• Embroidered Rapide S seat logo
• Carbon Interior Pack
• Twin-screen rear-seat entertainment system with six-disc DVD player, auxiliary
input, wireless headphones and remote control
• Auto-dimming interior rear-view mirror with garage door opener 1
• Alarm upgrade (volumetric and tilt sensor)
• Ventilated front and rear seats
• Smoker’s pack (ashtray and cigar lighter)
• Second glass key
• Tracking device (UK category five)1,3
• First-aid kit
1 Not available in all markets
2 Includes Traffic Messaging Channel (TMC) in Continental Europe
3 Complies with UK Thatcham Category 5 requirements. Excludes subscription. Standard in UK
4 iPod is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the US and other countries



Aston Martin Rapide Luxe Special Edition Revealed 16
Nov
Posted by Larry in ASTON MARTIN, aston martin rapide, Aston Martin Rapide Luxe, Automotive, News on 11 16th, 2010

For those who feel that the current Aston Martin Rapide just is not luxurious enough for them, there is an alternative that may suite their needs called the Rapide Luxe Special Edition. Aston Martin has revealed a new version of their sexy sedan, the Rapide, adding on more luxurious appointments to please the most peculiar buyer.

The Rapide Luxe features new exclusive body colors, newly bright finished grill, 20-inch alloy wheels and a cabin laced with elegant tweaks that you would only expect in some of the most expensive luxury vehicles around. Some of these interior items include heated and cooled custom leather upholstery, Walnut wood trim, an exclusive rear entertainment system feed through a 1000 watt Bang & Olufsen audio system and a six-piece luggage set to match the seats.

The Rapide Luxe is powered by the same 6.0-liter V12 engine with 470 horsepower and 443 foot-pounds of torque as found in the regular Rapide model. Power is directed through a 6-speed Touchtronic 2 transmission allowing an acceleration time to 60mph from a standstill in 5.1 seconds and a top speed of 188mph.

Pricing for the Rapide Luxe Special Edition has not been announced yet.









[source: Aston Martin via Autoblog.nl]







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