Aston Martin unveiled the latest car in the exciting new AMR family – the limited edition Rapide AMR, a production version of the concept shown at Geneva last year. Limited to just 210 cars, the new sports car can comfortably transport a team of race drivers to a circuit on the other side of a continent and then conquer the track when they get there.
The new 205 mph Rapide AMR is easily recognizable thanks to its large and aggressive front grille that is reminiscent of the extreme track-only Vantage AMR Pro. Meanwhile the circular daytime running lights recall the recent Zagato models. The car’s aerodynamics have been tuned to reduce lift while retaining a neutral balance and the extra aerodynamic bodywork such as the splitter, sills, rear diffuser and boot lid lip spoiler are all carbon fibre. The new hood with large ventilation inserts is also made from carbon fibre to minimise weight.
The Rapide AMR is powered by Aston Martin Vantage GT12. Larger inlet manifolds with tuned length dual inlet runners enhance the airflow into the 6.0-litre V12 engine and, combined with new engine and gearbox calibration, this results in an increase in power. The V12 now puts out 603PS and 630NM of torque, while a new quad exhaust ensures a raucous sound befitting of the AMR badge. The car launches from 0-60mph in just 4.2 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.4 seconds) and runs on 21-inch wheels – a first for any Aston Martin – paired with ultra-high performance Michelin Super Sport tyres. The Rapide AMR comes fitted with carbon ceramic brakes and suspension. It rides 10mm lower than a Rapide S and although the three stage adaptive dampers remain, they have been thoroughly reengineered to create a car that is more focused, agile and dynamic.
The Rapide AMR will come in three different design schemes. The Standard and Silhouette schemes offer four colours – Mariana Blue, Scintilla Silver, Lightning Silver and Onyx Black – with the Standard scheme adding AMR Lime accents to the splitter, sills and rear diffuser. The Silhouette scheme eschews the Lime accents and instead adds a full-length contrasting stripe in China Grey or Clubsport White.
The interior of each Rapide AMR is inspired by the exterior and will be clad in either AMR Lime or Galena Silver welting and stitching. There is a full-length carbon fibre centre console and the seats are trimmed in Alcantara – both firsts for a Rapide. Also available for the first time as an option is a One-77 style steering wheel. Every car has discrete AMR logos stitched into the seats in Galena Silver and each car will come with a limited-edition AMR inspection plaque as well as AMR branding on the carbon sill plaques.
The Aston Martin Rapide AMR will be available globally with the exception of China and Russia and is available from $240,000, with first customer deliveries in Q4 2018.
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