Report: 2013 Aston Martin Rapide to Receive a Power Boost, but No S Model

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It is well known among the automotive world that the Aston Martin Rapide has always been the black sheep of the luxury sports sedan market. Its 470-horsepower, 5.9-liter V-12 engine has always fallen short of the competition, like the 518-pony Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG and 500-horsepower Panamera Turbo. To make matters worse, it starts off at over $110,000 more than the Mercedes and over $70,000 more than the Porsche.

This all points to a big reason for Aston Martin refreshing the Rapide for 2013. Granted, the base price will not change, but its performance will. Initially, we all expected to see an available a higher-performance Rapide S in 2013. According to reports, however, a Rapide S is not in the works.

Car and Driver is reporting that Aston Martin is fitting the 5.9-liter V-12 plant from the 2013 Vanquish, which produces 565 horsepower, into the slightly redesigned Rapide. The exact horsepower figures are not compete for the Rapide, but we expect it to be slightly de-tuned to not compete with the Vanquish.

You can look for the 2013 Aston Martin Rapide to punch out somewhere in the 545-horsepower range to give it a bump over its cheaper competitors. Is this really enough to push the Aston in front of the competition? We say no, but it should help level out the market slightly.

With the additional horsepower in the base Rapide, there is no need for a Rapide S model, per Car and Driver, so don’t look for one this year. Apparently, all of the style changes we have seen from the spy shots and renderings are all included on the base model, if the reports are accurate.

It’s nice to see Aston Martin thinking about ways to make its extremely expensive sedan a little more worth the extra money, but would you still pay over $100K more for the Aston over the Mercedes?

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Source: Car and Driver

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13 comments:

  (331) posted on 08.31.2012

Power boost is good if you will be participating in a race. But if you will only use that for ordinary drive, then it’s not really advisable.

  (532) posted on 08.24.2012

When will they work the S-Model, some of us is still waiting for that model?

  (328) posted on 08.22.2012

I thought I’m going to see the S-Model next year on Geneva. So you mean that the S-Model will be on hold?

  (517) posted on 08.22.2012

S-model is the one that people is waiting for. I think Aston Martin should focus on upgrading that model.

  (728) posted on 08.17.2012

Aston Martin boosted the Rapide, but they are not going to have the awaited S model. Well, I’m counting on them about the lowered price of the power boost.

  (473) posted on 08.16.2012

What? Is it true that they will not introduce the S Model? Rapide deserves to get a boost, but the S model is the most awaited unit for the Aston Martin.

  (467) posted on 08.16.2012

I thought they were focusing on the next S-model? They should give us the details of it.

  (463) posted on 08.16.2012

It’s good that it will boost the existing engine of the Rapide, but isn’t it great if they launched the S model also?

  (647) posted on 08.14.2012

The speed will do the talking because of its power boost increase. Just don’t look its style because it is not so good. But for racing lovers, speed matters than the looks because it is the one that will bring money to them.

  (507) posted on 08.13.2012

Keep up the good work! Because of this, I’ve found out that even its wheels are attractive!

  (596) posted on 08.13.2012

It’s good that they will give the Rapide a boost that must have been done a long time ago. Maybe the S model will be on the next year plan.

  (159) posted on 08.9.2012

I agree with the statements, but I also agree with Aston. In any case, I’m certain that this Rapide will do well in their sales. The only criticism I can give this car is its seemingly insufficient head room.

  (765) posted on 08.6.2012

Aston Martin has gotten an early start to boost the Rapide. It will run on the 2013 Vanquish. Good news, this new Rapide will probably have a boosted output and should offer at a lower cost. Only one thing definite—it would have been more powerful.

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