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2015 Aston Martin Vanquish, Rapide S gain eight-speed auto

Both the Aston Martin Vanquish and Rapide S have been updated for the 2015 model year with a new eight-speed transmission, as well as a smidge more power and torque. Dubbed Touchtronic III by Aston Martin's marketing department, the ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox will be fitted as standard on all MY2015 Aston Martin Vanquish and Rapide S models...

Aston Martin Rapide S Hydrogen Hybrid makes history at the Nurburgring

History has been made at the Nurburgring this weekend with the Aston Martin Rapide S Hydrogen Hybrid claiming the first ever zero-emissions lap in an international motor race at the 41st ADAC Zurich Nurburgring 24 Hours in Germany. Based on the recently released Aston Martin Rapide S road car – the 6...

Aston Martin Rapide S: hydrogen version to race at Nurburgring

A hydrogen-powered Aston Martin Rapide S is being prepared to run in this year's Nurburgring 24-hour race. The car will still use its normally aspirated V12 petrol engine and fuel tank, but will also incorporate a liquid hydrogen reservoir. The specially built Rapide S will be capable of running on either petrol or pure hydrogen, the latter producing zero emissions at race speeds...

Aston Martin Rapide Bertone Jet 2+2 shooting brake revealed

The one-off Aston Martin Rapide Bertone Jet 2+2 has broken cover ahead of its unveiling at next month's 2013 Geneva motor show. The unique Aston Martin Rapide-based shooting brake was commissioned by an Aston Martin collector on the strict condition that it would be the only one of its kind...

Aston Martin Rapide S: new sports model replacing existing GT

The new Aston Martin Rapide S has been released by the iconic British marque, replacing the standard four-door sports car with a more powerful model featuring updated looks, and new options. Compared to the outgoing Rapide, the new four-seat Aston Martin Rapide S gets 60kW more power – a 17 per cent increase – and 20Nm more torque, with the tweaked version of the naturally aspirated AM11 6...

Aston Martin Rapide S: hotter Panamera S rival coming

The Aston Martin Rapide S has been spied near the Nurburgring in Germany as the UK-based luxury sports car maker prepares a hotter version of its flagship ‘four-door coupe’ for showrooms. CarAdvice’s spy photographers first captured this pale blue Rapide prototype at the ’Ring more than 12 months ago although its fine-tuning is believed to have taken a backseat to the development of the new Aston Martin Vanquish sports car...

Aston Martin Rapide sets off on tour of Alaska

Aston Martin will showcase the durability of its four-door sportscar, the Rapide, by embarking on a tour of the northernmost state of the USA today. American motoring scribe, Patrick Paternie, will bring the Rapide from Anchorage to Prudhoe Bay, right into the Arctic Circle, in a 1980km round trip...

New MINI Cooper, Aston Martin Rapide to be built in UK

The MINI Cooper will continue to be produced in the UK with the introduction of the all-new model, following a £500 million ($769 million) investment by the marque’s parent company, BMW Group. There was some speculation that production of the traditional British small car would shift to Germany, as the new MINI is rumoured to share its front-wheel drive architecture with an upcoming compact BMW model...

2012 Aston Martin Rapide S spied on the Nurburgring

Aston Martin has been caught testing an upcoming sports model of its four-door sedan. Said to be called the Aston Martin Rapide S, the car will feature various performance-oriented revisions, such as engine tweaks and suspension and braking enhancements over the standard Rapide...

Video: Aston Martin Rapide short film third and final part

If you were left confused, uninspired, sitting nowhere near the edge of your seat after watching the first and second parts of the Aston Martin Rapide short film, the final installment is sure to get the pulses racing. Actually, it's much the same as before, only more confusing. It does feature a bit more of the awesome Aston Martin Rapide though...

Video: Aston Martin Rapide short film - Part 2

Aston Martin has released Part 2 of its short film Aston Martin Rapide. True Power Should Be Shared, showcasing more driving footage of the four-door luxury sedan, and unfortunately, more of the dodgy storyline and acting from Part 1. Of course, it was always Aston Martin’s intention to make the Rapide the star of the show, but a busted pushbike could have been a standout among this cliché-riddled poor-man’s James Bond rip-off...