In May 2011 our spy photographers caught this Aston Martin lapping the Nürburgring. Supposition at the time was that it is a faster, more powerful Rapide S that would offer up to 50 more horsepower under the hood and a tweaked grille and bumper so that you could pick it out of the line-up.

The rumor remains the same, and the more powerful V12 engine it is expected to employ will bring along ceramic brakes and a revised suspension to manage the additional ponies. With a year between sightings – perhaps due to the production slowdown – it's anyone's guess when it will roll into showrooms, but we wouldn't be surprised at a Paris Motor Show debut.


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      da.kid1
      • 2 Years Ago
      That guy's definately a troll.Just a politer version of "fried rice".
      k_m94
      • 2 Years Ago
      Only on Autoblog would a commenter compare a 2013 Lexus ES with an Aston Martin Rapide...and be dead serious. Thank you, Johnny Ng for that remarkable display of human intelligence (or lack thereof). Faith in humanity: -10%. Back on topic. A more powerful Rapide is great, and might show that Panamera Turbo that you can make a big, expensive sedan warp drive compatible without overdosing the ugly pills.
      postpast
      • 2 Years Ago
      Stop feeding the troll
      zizixx89
      • 2 Years Ago
      lol @ the dude putting a 2013 lexus ES against this
      TangoR34
      • 2 Years Ago
      Johnny, you actually made me go and have a look at the Lexus myself. I have to say, you must have been smoking some very good pot out there because the center console ludicrously cheap looking with a chrome clock place right between the plastic vents which doesn't even meet the curves with other panels. Stylish my ass.
      john m
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's got my vote for best looking fast four door.
      dkwan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Maybe I'm wrong but did Tesla borrow some styling cues from Aston Martin?
      Johnny Ng
      • 2 Years Ago
      These 4 door coupes are so pointless. Overpriced and cramped cabins, so what is the point? The Rapide looks good but it's not worth the money in my opinion. I think the best 4 door coupe on the market right now is the new Lexus ES. Stylish, sexy and lots of interior space plus superb reliability and an interior design and quality that blows all other 4 door coupes away.
        FIDTRO
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Johnny Ng
        Did they give you that raise over at Lexus yet?
          Johnny Ng
          • 2 Years Ago
          @FIDTRO
          I don't work at Lexus I just like their cars but I like Acura and Infiniti more.
        Whit Hamnett
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Johnny Ng
        Lexus? Really? LEXUS? And at that, the admittedly WORST Lexus that they produce
          k_m94
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Whit Hamnett
          The ES is a FWD midsize/fullsize commuter appliance with a bit more leather and chrome than the Camry/Avalon it's based on. Compare with half a brain, Johnny.
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Johnny Ng
        Oh. My. God. The level of fail you possess has gone off the charts. Comparing an exquisite, $200k V12 engined Aston Martin with a cheap, hideous, pig handling pseudo "luxury" car that is the gussied up automotive equivalent of a Walmart toaster oven? And there is no such thing as a 4 door coupe (coupe= 2 door), that's a marketing gimmick used to describe the most curvaceous of sedan body styles. The Rapide qualifies as one if such a category existed. If the ES feels too special to call itself a sedan, it can get the honor of being a "4 door beige whale", as that is exactly what comes to mind when I see one on the road driven 10km/h below the speed limit. You want interior volume? Buy a minivan. Someone who calls an ES stylish and sexy would go bananas over a Toyota Sienna. And one more thing. Try drive an ES fast in wet or dry and be greeted with an eternity of plow combined with rolling and squealing like pigs in a blanket. Even if a Rapide driver spins off in the wet (unlikely with the electronics and suitable tires) he can just get out, jog, and still win this stupid race you may have imagined.
        Serge
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Johnny Ng
        Pass the cool-aid man... the ES is glorified FWD Camry, not a proper car.
          2o6
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Serge
          I can't tell if you're trolling us or not. The performance differences between the ES and the Rapide are staggering. For starters, the Rapide has literally DOUBLE the engine that the ES has.
          2o6
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Serge
          The Rapide, Panamera not only are roughly double the price, the will run circles (even the base Panamera V6, don't even CONSIDER the Panamera Turbo) around the ES and kin. They're not on the same level.
          2o6
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Serge
          Autoblog lost my comment. I can't tell whether or not you're trolling. For starters, the Rapide has literally DOUBLE the engine that the ES has.
          Johnny Ng
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Serge
          The fact that it's FWD means it's the most space efficient and best-handling car here in the winter. I guarantee you that a Lexus ES will whoop an Aston Martin Rapide on the track on a wet and rainy day. People need to stop hating on FWD.
          Johnny Ng
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Serge
          206, I am being completely serious. The ES is a 4 door coupe. I think people just won't accept this because they hate Lexus so much. I am not a big Lexus fan (I'm more into Acura and Infiniti) but the ES is a credible competitor in this class. And now with the hybrid model its time that Aston Martin and the others catch up. So far only the Lexus ES and Porsche Panamera offer a hybrid in this class.
          Johnny Ng
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Serge
          The ES might not be as fast as these cars in the dry, but certainly in the wet and they are in the same class. By nature of its swooping coupeish design the ES is easily Lexus 4 door coupe offering in this class.
        Gorgenapper
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Johnny Ng
        You're a disgrace. Hand in your troll badge.
        el aventador
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Johnny Ng
        Johnny, think about what you've been saying. You're comparing apples to oranges. It's like comparing a Mclaren F1 with a Miata. They may have a few similarities, but the two can be as different as they can get. The ES is a gussied up Avalon. A car geriatrics buy, not enthusiasts. The ES has never been lauded for its performance and it likely never will. The styling reminds me of a melted bar of soap. On the other hand the Rapide is one of the sexiest sedans out there. Yes, I called it a sedan, not a 4 door coupe, because that is what the Rapide is. 4 door coupe is a marketing gimmick because coupes are 2 door cars with a fixed roof. FWD is far from the best drivetrain. FWD cars tend to understeer, which is never desirable in a race. Rear wheel drive cars have the advantage there. Sure, it might do better in the wet than RWD, but comparing this to the Panamera, which has all wheel drive, it really doesn't do any better. Spacious as the ES may be, so is the Panamera. Although the Panamera's rear looks rather bulbous, I'd say it's more attractive than the ES is. The interior design of the Lexus is rubbish. Look at the interiors of the Panamera, the Rapide, the CLS, the XJ, etc. Those interiors are miles and heaps more beautiful than what Lexus has on offer. I have to ask you, where did you obtain your Kool Aid?
          el aventador
          • 2 Years Ago
          @el aventador
          Johnny, as much as you argue about it, the ES and the Rapide, Panamera, et al, are not in the same class. They're not even in the same price range. It's not priced to undercut them, and it's not engineered and designed or meant to compete with them. The ES is a plush geriatric-mobile. The Rapide and Panamera are performance sedans. That is why I drew the F1 to Miata comparison. Any person in the market for an F1 does not cross shop it with a Miata and the same happens with the ES and the Rapide. I call the ES rubbish because I have in fact driven one, and I know it is rubbish. Sure, it will be reliable, but that's not the kind of rubbish I meant. I meant that that car was able to put me, a guy who had 10 hours plus of sleep, morning coffee and a cold shower, a guy who suffers from hyperactivity, to sleep. I used to own a Porsche Cayenne, mind you, the base model, much better vehicle to drive. Much more fun, and, just as reliable as the ES. I put over 250k miles on it before selling it. Besides normal wear and tear stuff like brake pads, tires, etc, I never had any problems with the Cayenne. It was a solid vehicle and it held up perfectly. Any car with proper maintenance will be reliable. JD powers gave the Panamera the same rating in reliability... that's 4.5 out of 5.So your argument about the Panamera not achieving 100k miles without a problem has been rendered invalid. Your argument about FWD is also moot. Electronic nannies which almost every new car on the market have standard, eliminate the advantage it has over RWD. Remember that FWD cars have almost all of their weight in the front of the car. The suspension is sandwiched so it suffers more. The rear wheels seem to just be there for the ride. Without any weight in the rear of the car it will inevitably lose some traction. I'd rather drive a tail happy car that will help me carve corners with absolute delight than a pork that understeers at the sight of a turn. I wouldn't hold my breath, and neither should you, for the prospect of an F-sport ES with a V8 engine. It's not gonna happen. There isn't a market for it, because fortunately, you alone, don't constitute a business case for it. Remember that the competition for the ES are the Lacrosse, the Town Car
        Patrick Teng
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Johnny Ng
        Uh... NO.. Because ya'know... a front wheel drive 258hp ES can compete with the rear drive grandcoupe and 4wd A7 and Panameras of the world.
          k_m94
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Patrick Teng
          So that is why they use FWD Lexuses as rally cars, and F1 cars swap their drivetrain to FWD when it's rainy and precious 100ths of a second are on the line. Oh wait.
          Johnny Ng
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Patrick Teng
          In snow or on wet roads FWD rules.
        2o6
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Johnny Ng
        If the ES is a four-door coupe, so is the Lacrosse. And the Azera. And the MKZ.
          2o6
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2o6
          They aren't four-door coupes. Four-door coupe is a marketing term. ES, and the like haven't been applied this term.
          Johnny Ng
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2o6
          I think Lexus should apply this term to the ES. The new one is a design masterpiece in my opinion.
      robert
      • 2 Years Ago
      Does the world really need a 4door Aston Martin?
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      [blocked]
      Jack Schneider
      • 2 Years Ago
      A bird taking a dump on my house looks better than those door handles.
      Ben Lee
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why put camo on this thing. its just a stretched out "db whatever" Its going to look exactly the same with a tweak on an ...intake.. Please fix the parts bin interior. The center console vents are such a joke! It doesnt flow with the curve of the console! AM couldnt budget different vents for the center?? How much does this car cost again? The interior always has looked like they couldnt of thought of anything creative so they came up with that which was painstakingly difficult as it is.
        Ben Lee
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ben Lee
        think of anything creative oops..
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ben Lee
        [blocked]
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