Hot on the heels of its world debut at the recent Geneva auto show, the new Aston Martin Rapide S sedan is set to make its U.S. debut this week at the 2013 New York auto show. It will be shown alongside the new Vanquish, DB9, and V12 Vantage GT3 and V8 Vantage GT4 race cars built by Aston partner TRG (The Racers Group).
The Rapide S has been improved from both a performance and style perspective over its Rapide predecessor. Powering the Rapide S is Aston's AM11 6.0-liter V-12 engine with 550 hp (a healthy 80-hp bump over the outgoing car) and 457 lb-ft of torque. Aston says the powertrain updates help drop the new car's 0-60 time to 4.7 seconds compared to the previous car's 5.1 seconds -- plenty quick for a four door of its size.
The front end has been redesigned with a new-look grille, while the back is more pronounced and is highlighted by a lid 'flip.' Billed by Aston as 'the world's most beautiful, and beautifully balanced, four-seat sports car,' the new Rapide S also features improved aerodynamics, with top speed at an impressive 190 mph.
The Rapide S is priced at $199,950 and first customer deliveries are expected in June.