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my great astron martinBy avi ghuntla, Feb 20, 2014So Aston has rewritten the Rapide fable with the version of the companys latest AM11 V-12 that debuted in the new Vanquish. The revised block is stuffed with a new crank and capped by new cylinder heads with variable timing on both the intake and exhaust cams and a new big wing intake manifold breathing in through 0.2-inch-larger throttle bodies. The re-machined combustion chambers flow better with a slightly increased compression ratio. All that thumps output up to 550 horsepower at a screaming 6750 rpm and 457 pound-feet of peak torque at 5000 rpm with, Aston asserts, significantly better torque production below 4000 rpm. There are no turbos, no superchargers, and no dark arts involved. To deal with European pedestrian-protection standards, Aston has mounted the engine 0.8 inch lower in its baywhile redesigning the front grille and hood. Throw in LED lighting and 20-inch wheels inside 245/35ZR-20 front and 295/30ZR-20 rear Bridgestone tires, and this is a car that visually punches its own Golden Ticket. That noted, what remains virtually unchanged is Astons glue- and rivet-bonded aluminum space-frame architecture, and the rear-mounted six-speed automatic transaxle. Though the Rapide S has a long, 117.7-inch wheelbase8.4 inches longer than a Honda Accord sedansthe door openings are puny and the roof very low. Its easier to get onto Kings Cross Platform 9 3/4 bound for Hogwarts than it is to enter the Rapide with ones dignity intact. Its an ergonomic wonderland in there, too, with seatbelt anchors sunk down into the seats, seat-adjustment controls mounted on the center tunnel, and narrow footwells. And its nearly impossible to see out the back. Continued... ...moreTrim 2014 Aston Martin Rapide S 4dr Sdn Auto
Age Group 35-44
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