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Aston Martin has officially revealed the 2013 Rapide S which comes with a significant power hike.

The attractive four-door saloon has received the "S" moniker to match the increased output as the naturally-aspirated V12 5.9-liter engine now produces 558 HP (410 kW), representing an 81 HP (59 kW) increase over the pre-facelift variant. Torque is also up from 600 Nm (442 lb-ft) to 620 Nm (457 lb-ft).

Thanks to these changes, the revised Rapide reaches 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.9 seconds, which makes it 0.3 seconds faster than before. Its top speed has also increased from 188 mph (302.5 km/h) to 190 mph (305.7 km/h).

Although it packs more punch, the Rapide S is now 0.9 mpg UK more efficient as it can return 19.9 mpg UK (16.5 mpg US or 14.1 liters / 100 km), while CO2 emissions have been reduced from 355 g/km to 332 g/km.

In terms of design, nothing significant has changed but we do notice a revised front grille and rear lip spoiler. Optionally available is a Carbon Exterior Pack which includes carbon fiber-made front splitter, rear lamp infills, rear diffuser and exterior mirror housings.

On the inside it gets new piano black trim and optional red & black Duotone leather upholstery. With the rear seats folded flat, the Rapide offers a load volume of almost 900 liters. Among the optional features we should mention a twin-screen rear seat entertainment system and a reversing camera.

Pricing hasn't been announced but it should remain just about the same as the outgoing model so expect a starting price of around 150,000 GBP (about 178,434 EUR or 237,420 USD). The 2013 Aston Martin Rapide S will go on sale next month.

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