Aston Martin Rapid S

The Rapide S. It’s a sportier new variant that hopes to squelch the two biggest complaints about the short-lived non-S Rapide: its lack of power and its resemblance to a low-cost Ford. The former was especially damning because of a car requiring 25 percent less cash but making 30 more horsepower – the Panamera Turbo. Luckily, thanks to a round of revisions first employed in the Vanquish, the engine in the Rapide now generates 70 more horsepow­er. In addition, it sits 0.8 of an inch closer to the ground for a lower center of gravity and fea­tures the “flip” rear lid that aids in aerodynamics and is quickly becoming a feature of the entire range. Complementing these exterior changes are new interior packages, including the “Q by Aston Martin” personalization service. Then, there is the Ford problem, arising from the Fusion, a car costing 90 percent less but with a strikingly similar grille. Aston Martin‘s solu­tion was to delete the middle crossbar, creating a wide mouth that brings the Rapide closer to its ultra-exclusive brethren, the V-12 Zagato. It’s breathtaking.

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Price: $203,000
Engine: 5.9-liter V-12
Horsepower: 550
0-62: 4.9 seconds
Top Speed: 190 mph (limited)
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Torque: 457 foot-pounds