2015 Aston Martin Rapide S – WR TV POV Test Drive

Today we’re at the helm of Aston’s V12-powered sports sedan. Externally 2015 might be misconstrued as a carryover year for the Rapide S, but the four door has received a host of tweaks this year that pay dividends behind the wheel.

2015 marks the debut of the new Touchtronic III eight-speed automatic gearbox, a transmission that’s been honed meticulously with technical partner ZF for use in the Rapide S and Vanquish. Here in the Rapide S, the new gearbox gets the Rapide S from zero to sixty miles per hour in 4.2 seconds – a full half second faster than last year’s model with the outgoing transmission – while also yielding an 11 percent improvement in fuel efficiency. Top speed of this four door grand tourer car is a blistering 203 mph.

That new gearbox is mated to Aston’s venerable 6.0-liter naturally aspirated V12, which outputs 552 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque in the Rapide S. For 2015 a new Bosch Engine Management System has also been fitted to the car to refine communication between the powerplant and the new 8-speed gearbox.

New rear bushings that are 20% stiffer than before, larger front brakes (400mm discs with six-piston calipers) and some subtle styling enhancements – including new ten-spoke forged alloys and new interior trim options – round out the changes for the 2015 model year.

Pricing for the 2015 Aston Martin Rapide S start at 7,820, and bespoke personalization of the Rapide S is available from the Q by Aston Martin customization program. But before you get lost in the near-infinite amount of ways to option out a Rapide S.

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