Its name is derived from Aston Martin's previous 4-door saloon, the 1961 Lagonda Rapide, a car produced by Lagonda under Aston Martin's ownership, and Lagonda's previous Rapide, the one-off 2-door 1989 Aston Martin Lagonda Rapide.
First shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2009, the concept Rapide was revealed to be a practical rendition of the sport-luxury Aston Martin legacy, and entered production in 2010. In 2013, the Rapide was reworked into the Rapide S with a facelift and improved performance for a 2014 model year following insufficient sales of the Rapide.
The Rapide S' V12 was improved to produce 550 bhp and 457 lb⋅ft of torque for a top speed of 190 mph and a 0 to 62 mph time of 4.9 seconds. In 2015, further improvements were made to its V12 engine alongside the 6-speed Touchtronic II automatic gearbox being swapped out for a 8-speed Touchtronic III automatic.
Need for Speed: Edge
The Aston Martin Rapide S 2015 appears in Need for Speed: Edge.