for under £80K. Or pretty much half price after just two years and, in many cases, well under 10,000 miles under their belt.
Amid speculation about sluggish sales the press release announcing the new Rapide S asserts the Aston's beauty, which has never been in question. It is, according to boss Ulrich Bez, "the power of luxury in action" whatever that means.
Saying that the new grille is rather more in your face than the one it replaces, the Gen4 AM11 6.0-litre V12 (a version of that in the new Vanquish) behind it significantly more potent than before. The 558hp it develops is on a par with the turbocharged Germans and a healthy 81hp up on the 477hp of the outgoing car. It's still peaky compared with those forced-induction rivals though, peak torque up to 457lb ft at 5,000rpm from 442lb ft with 37lb ft more at 2,500rpm than before. Enough to dip below five seconds 0-62mph (4.9 against 5.2) and hit 190mph.
Moving on, the Gen4 tag is also applied to the three-way adjustable ADS dampers, together with further tweaks to the steering and controls to deal with the extra power. And, as you'd expect, there are lots of detail changes and upgrades to the interior packages, trim and extras including a new Carbon Exterior Pack.
Orders open next month with prices to be confirmed. If you want more there's a teaser video from Aston you can see here.
[Sources: Aston Martin, LeftLaneNews]