Spy photographers recently spotted what they presume as the 2014 Aston Martin Rapide S testing without camouflage, and it looks dangerously good. The Rapide, before ‘S’ designation produced 470hp and 443lb-ft of torque from its Aston-sourced 6.0 liter V12. Power in the S version is expected to be given a significant bump, up anywhere from 30-50hp over the standard model. That puts it squarely in the eyes of the Panamera Turbo and Turbo S, which produce 500 and 520hp, respectively.
The current chassis will be modified to handle the added horsepower and aid in providing a more agile platform for the Aston engineers to work with. So far, no conrete pricing numbers have been leaked, but if prior pricing strategy is anything to go by, expect the Rapide S to cost quite a bit more than a comparably fast Panamera Turbo. Hey, it is an Aston after all.