With the subtle styling changes on this Aston Martin Rapide prototype, it’s probably only a matter of time before the automaker’s only four-door car soon gets minor performance upgrades. The car shown here was found mostly uncovered except for some tape on the license plate mounting area of the front bumper.
A close look reveals a revised front grille set with horizontal bars instead of horizontal and vertical slats as on the current model. Below the lower grille is a new air intake that is flanked by more prominent forward-facing fascia extensions. The additional airflow may be needed for possible power increases similar to that of the DB9 model, which is powered by a 510-hp version of Aston Martin’s 5.9-liter V-12, which produces 457 lb-ft of torque. We drove a 2010-model-year Rapide that was powered by a 5.9-liter V-12 with 470 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque.
Around back, the integrated trunk lip spoiler is taller, though the rear fascia seems to be unchanged. Don't be surprised to see the 2013 DB9's new three-mode Adaptive Damping System on a refreshed Rapide, along with plenty of wheel design options.
We’ve included photos of the Aston Martin Rapide spy shots along with images of the existing Rapide. What changes, if any, do you think Aston Martin should make to the Rapide?