The Power of Luxury



"At the heart of any great sports car is a great engine, none more so than the Aston Martin AM29 V12."

Ian Minards
Director of Product Development

AM29 V12 Engine 

Rapide S is the most powerful four-door Aston Martin ever produced. We combined breakthrough technology with our advanced engineering to create a new generation of engine - the 6.0 litre AM29 V12. The most advanced engine in our history. Technology from the race track delivers unprecedented performance figures; a top speed of 203 mph, a 0-60 mph time of just 4.2 secs and 552 bhp of power, a staggering 18% increase on the first generation Rapide.

AM29 is the power behind the luxury.

Brains Controlling Brawn

Rapide S features the Bosch Engine Management system. Advanced electronics communicate thousands of times a second with the AM29 engine and Touchtronic III transmission to precisely control engine performance and improve fuel efficiency.

Utilising two control units, each monitoring six engine cylinders, this meticulous data and performance management technology brings a new level of engineering excellence to Rapide S.


Full Specification




• Four-door body style with tailgate and four individual seats
• Extruded aluminium bonded VH body structure
• Aluminium and composite body panels
• Extruded aluminium door side-impact beams
• Single bi-xenon headlamps with integrated LED side lights and direction indicators
• LED rear lamps and side repeaters


• Rear mid-mounted, ‘Touchtronic III’, eight-speed gearbox with electronic shift-by-wire control system
• Alloy torque tube with Carbon Fibre propeller shaft
• Limited-slip differential
• Final-drive ratio 2.73:1

Fuel Consumption

Litres/100 km (mpg)

•Urban 19.5 (14.5)
•Extra urban 9.1 (31.0)
•Combined 12.9 (21.9)

North America Gas Mileage

• City 14 US mpg
• Highway 22 US mpg
• Combined 17 US mpg

CO2 emissions

• 300 g/km


•Front Dual-cast brake discs, 400 mm diameter with six-piston calipers
•Rear Dual-cast brake discs, 360 mm diameter with four-piston calipers
•3-stage Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
•Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
•Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
•Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)
•Traction Control (TC)
•Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA)
•Positive Torque Control (PTC)
•Electronic Park Brake (EPB)
•Dark Anodised brake caliper finish

Wheels & Tyres

• 20” Multi-spoke alloy Silver painted wheels with diamond-turned finish
• Front Bridgestone Potenza 245/40 R20
• Rear Bridgestone Potenza 295/35 R20

Standard Equipment

• Grain-enhanced leather interior
• Piano Black fascia trim
• Iridium trim pack
• Plastic fascia switches
• Manual dimming interior rear view mirror
• Electrically operated front seats
• Memory front seats and exterior mirrors (three positions)
• Dual-stage driver and front passenger frontal airbags
• Front occupant side airbags
• Head protection airbags for front and rear occupants
• Heated front and rear seats
• Heated rear screen
• Automatic front and rear temperature control
• Organic Electroluminescent (OEL) displays
• LED map lamps and ambient lighting
• Trip computer
• Cruise control
• Powerfold exterior mirrors
• Front and rear parking sensors
• Tyre pressure monitoring
• Alarm and immobiliser
• Remote control central door locking and boot release
• Tracking device (UK only)


•All-alloy, quad overhead camshaft, 48-valve, 5935 cc V12
•Front mid-mounted engine, rear-wheel drive
•Fully catalysed stainless steel exhaust system with active bypass valves
•Compression ratio 11:1
•Max power 411 kW (560 PS/552 bhp) at 6650 rpm
•Max torque 630 Nm (465 lb ft) at 5500 rpm
•Acceleration 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds; 0-100 km/h in 4.4 seconds
•Max speed 327 km/h (203 mph)

Weight and Dimensions

•Length 5019 mm (197.6”)
•Width 1929 mm (75.9”) excluding mirrors; 2140 mm (84.3”) including mirrors
•Height 1360 mm (53.5”)
•Wheelbase 2989 mm (117.7”)
•Fuel capacity 90.5 litres
•Weight 1990 kg (4387 lb)
•Weight Distribution 51%/49% (Front/Rear)


• Front Independent double wishbones incorporating anti-dive geometry, coil springs, anti-roll bar and monotube adaptive dampers
• Rear Independent double wishbones with anti-squat and anti-lift geometry, coil springs, anti-roll bar and monotube adaptive dampers
• Adaptive Damping System (ADS)


• Rack and pinion, Servotronic speed-sensitive, power assisted steering
• 3.0 turns lock-to-lock
• Column tilt and reach adjustment

In-car Entertainment

• AMi III Infotainment System
• Premium Audio System
• Hard Disk Drive (HDD) satellite navigation
• 6.5” LCD Screen
• DAB radio
• AM/FM radio 
• Integrated Apple iPod® and iPhone® connector (requires Apple-supplied Lightning adaptor for iPhone 5 compatibility) 
• USB connector with Waveform Audio Format (WAF), Windows Media Player (WMA) and MPEG (MP3) audio file compatibility
• Bluetooth® audio (A2DP)
• 3.5 mm auxiliary input socket

Optional Equipment

• Exterior Styling Pack – (10-spoke directional graphite DT wheels, painted brake caliper, clear rear tail lights, black textured tailpipes)
• Painted brake calipers (choice of: grey, black, red, silver or yellow)
• 20” Multi-spoke wheel, Black with diamond-turned finish
• 20” 10-spoke Silver painted with diamond-turned finish forged alloy wheels
• 20” 10-spoke Gloss Black painted with diamond-turned finish forged alloy wheels
• 20” 10-spoke Graphite painted with diamond-turned finish directional forged alloy wheels
• 20” 10-spoke Satin Champagne painted with diamond-turned finish directional forged alloy wheels
• Carbon Exterior Pack (Front & rear bumper inserts, Door mirror caps, Tail light infills)
• Carbon Exterior Door Handles
• Magnum Silver rear light infills
• Clear Rear Tail Lights
• Black textured tailpipe finishers
• 3-stage Adaptive Damping System (ADS) with Normal, Sport & Track modes
• ‘Rapide S’ model badge
• Caithness leather interior
• Balmoral semi-aniline leather interior
• Special leather interior
• Contemporary Pack (Contemporary Alcantara, leather, Carpet and Paint)
• Interior Black Pack (Carbon Fibre Fascia, Piano Black Interior Trim Pack and Black Pedals)
• Luxury Pack (Quilted leather seat accents, headlining, parcel shelf, diamond perforated seat and door inserts, fine contrast stitching and AML wings headrest embroidery)
• Alternative fascia trim finishes: Iridium, Mahogany, Walnut, Ice Mocha, Carbon Fibre, Satin Cuprum Carbon Fibre
• Piano Black Interior Trim Pack
• Ice Mocha Interior Trim Pack
• Matching wood or carbon fibre door trim
• Diamond perforated leather door inserts
• Duotone perforated leather pack (choice of: Pure Black/Red or Obsidian Black/White) – Includes seat inners, door inserts, headlining and parcelshelf
• Headrest embroidery – Aston Martin Wings or Rapide S logo
• Ventilated front & rear seats
• Full Carbon Fibre gearshift paddles
• Personalised sill plaques
• Colour-matched steering wheel
• Glass fascia switches
• 1000-watt Bang & Olufsen BeoSound audio system with ICEpower® technology
• B&O black speaker covers
• 6-disc CD autochanger
• Twin-screen rear-seat entertainment system with six-disc DVD player, auxiliary input, wireless headphones and remote control
• Folding Rear Seats
• Rear Grab Handles
• Auto-dimming interior rear-view mirror with garage door opener (Europe only)
• Auto-dimming interior rear-view mirror
• Alarm upgrade (volumetric & tilt sensor)
• Smokers’ pack (ashtray & cigar lighter)
• Second glass key
• Aston Martin tracking by Vodafone Automotive 
• First-aid kit
• AML Touring Kit
• Umbrella


Touchtronic III

Rapide S includes the most advanced gearbox ever fitted to an Aston Martin. Our engineers worked meticulously with technical partner ZF to deliver the world’s first transaxle eight-speed transmission – Aston Martin Touchtronic III.

Light, efficient, flexible and highly intuitive this cutting-edge transmission means Rapide S sets a stunning benchmark in driver involvement and control.

New Heights of

Touchtronic III delivers exceptional driver control and phenomenal driver performance. All new features enhance a breathtaking Rapide S driving experience:

Delivery: Eight gears offering a broad spread of performance.
Speed: Ultrafast gearshifts of just 130 milliseconds.
Agility: Four distinct driving modes – increasing in aggression and shift speed.
Acceleration: Faster acceleration from first to second gear and enhanced shift quality.
Intelligence: Adaptive Drive Recognition tailors shifts to the driver’s style.
Control: Optimum downshift technology so the driver can engage multi-downshifts.

Torque Conversion

A lightweight torque converter uses twin dampers and generates a lower level of inertia meaning an improved throttle response for the driver. Touchtronic III can also fully close to a 1:1 slip ratio for a more direct and responsive driving experience. Driveline efficiency is increased from reduced transmission loss and enables more performance to be transferred directly to the driven wheels.

Cutting-Edge Shift Technology

Touchtronic III’s eight gears are derived from two brakes, three multi-plate wet clutches and four gear sets – each comprising four planetary gears. A minimum of three clutches are always engaged ensuring less drag torque, improving efficiency with less redundant inertia.

Each of the eight gear ratios is achieved using different combinations of open brakes and clutches all designed specifically by our engineers to maximise performance and acceleration.

Unprecedented Transmission Control

Working seamlessly with the Bosch engine management system the Transmission Control Unit contains powerful electronics which control the hydraulic oil flow around Touchtronic III - opening and closing clutches and brakes. This breakthrough technology allows the gearbox to shift in just 130 milliseconds by re-engaging clutches almost instantaneously after shifting.

The TCU also calculates the ideal gearshift ‘map’ from data monitored thousands of times a second from across the car including road conditions, car positioning, speed, g-force and even driving style.

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Powerful Technology & Outright Power


Drive energy produced by the AM29 engine is multiplied by the Touchtronic III gearbox – but you’ll only feel it when it hits the road. We wanted a higher top speed and faster acceleration, we achieved both with a final drive ratio of 2.73:1.

This ratio is perfectly matched to the wider spread of ratios produced by the eight-speed gearbox.

An Engineering Benchmark


Constructed from lightweight aluminium and bonded with sophisticated epoxy resin, Rapide S utilises the latest iteration of Aston Martin's unique engineering philosophy. By combining many of the technical innovations developed in our Ultimate GT, Vanquish, we've delivered a sports car architecture of unrivalled stability and rigidity.

Stability Control

Specifically designed to work in harmony with Touchtronic III, Rapide S includes Dynamic Stability Control technology. Either in ‘Normal’ or ‘Track’ mode this advanced system detects irregular wheel spin, under steer and over steer and will intervene by reducing engine torque or applying braking technology.

Rapide S also features the linking of ‘Track’ mode to the anti-lock braking system – allowing skilled drivers to maintain a greater level of car handling with the comfort of ABS still being present when required.

Technologically Advanced

Industry-leading technology means a comprehensive range of Rapide S safety solutions. Seat belt engineering includes dual pre-tensioning and load limiting technology for all four passengers, in addition to eight airbags. A structure of advanced bonded aluminium effectively manages crash loads, as does the front bumper beams and fixation design meeting EU1 Lower Leg Compliance legislation.

Engineered to Excel & Adapt

Rapide S includes our hi-tech Gen4 Adaptive Damping. Allowing the driver to choose between three modes; ‘Normal’ ‘Sport’ and ‘Track’, each delivering a unique driving experience. Controlled at the push of a real glass button, feedback is instant and the changes immediate, meaning Rapide S can move effortlessly from luxurious GT to assertive sporting performance.


The new AMi III infotainment system is the control centre for Rapide S. Housed within the stunning waterfall fascia, AMi III seamlessly integrates audio, hands-free telephony and vehicle status technologies and places them at your fingertips to allow you to get the very most from the Rapide S experience.