The Aston Martin Rapide S is set to make its debut with, what the automaker describes as, â€˜yet more luxury and yet more power on offerâ€™.
The redesigned Rapide S replaces the Rapide but also adds a number of additions and refinements to the elegant four-seater.
While still recognisable as an Aston, the Rapide Sâ€™s most radical change is its new face with its massive new grille. This look was adopted, the carmaker said, to give the new car a more athletic appearance.
At the rear, a new deck profile includes a more pronounced boot lid â€˜flipâ€™ as one of the aerodynamic upgrades effected to the Rapide s to counteract lift at higher speeds.
Changes have been made beneath the metal, too â€“ most notably the power upgrade to Aston Martinâ€™s naturally-aspirated 6.0-litre V12. Power is now up to a useful 410kW at 6750rpm while the peak torque figure has also increased to 620Nm at 5000rpm.
Top speed is a terrifying 306kph and this Rapide should cover the 0 â€“ 100kph sprint in 4.9 seconds.
Faster, more efficient
Despite its performance improvements, the engine is said to be more efficient, too, with Aston Martin claiming a drop in CO2 emissions from 355 to 332g/km.
Other changes ushered in by the Aston team at Gaydon include an Adaptive Damping System, now with three setting and a number of changes to the carâ€™s front end to bring it in line with the latest European pedestrian protection regulations.
Those who would prefer a sportier look should consider ticking the box next to Carbon Exterior Pack on the options list since it adds a front splitter, rear diffuser and a few other bits fashioned from carbon fibre.
Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez said: â€˜The Rapide S is to me, without doubt, the most beautiful four-door sports car on the market today. This is, very clearly, the power of luxury in action.
â€˜It is a four-door sports car that uniquely combines luxury, style and sporting excitement in Aston Martinâ€™s most flexible and accommodating silhouette.
â€˜Purity of proportion and exceptional elegance are mixed with truly sensational dynamic performance â€“ this is the four-door sports car in its most versatile form and I am sure our customers around the world are going to love it!â€™