Aston Martin began making a name for itself in the four-door, luxury sedan market as early as 1961, when the Lagonda Rapide was launched. Its successor — the iconic Lagonda — came 15 years later and survived until 1990 as one of the most expensive saloons in the world. It took Aston Martin nearly 20 years to develop a spiritual successor to the Lagonda, which was introduced in 2010 under the Rapide nameplate. Initially powered by a 5.9-liter V-12 rated at 470 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque, the Rapide became the Rapide S in 2013, when a engine tuning, which was part of a facelift, increased output to 550 ponies and 457 pound-feet. Drivetrain enhancements also brought significant improvements in the performance and emissions department, further increasing the Rapide’s appeal. Although the sedan remained largely unchanged for the 2014 model year, a 2015 update brought important under-the-skin modifications and new color options inside and out.
Minor power gains and an all-new transmission account for a significant increase in performance, as both acceleration and top speed figures have been largely improved.
Update 8/6/2014: Aston Martin released information regarding the updated 2015 Rapide S. It has no real design changes of note, but it does see a massive upgrade in performance.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Aston Martin Rapide S and the changes introduced for the 2015 model year.