Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

595bhp Aston Martin Rapide AMR revealed

595bhp Aston Martin Rapide AMR revealed

The £194,950 Rapide AMR - costing £45,450 more than the standard Rapide S - closely echoes the concept shown at the Geneva motor show in 2017, with a front grille reminiscent of the track-only Vantage AMR Pro and circular daytime running lights similar to recent Zagato models. Most of the changes, though, have been done with aerodynamics in mind. To lend credence to the talk of motorsport influence and create what should be the most dynamic Rapide yet, the AMR receives new and more aero-efficient bodywork (splitter, sills, rear diffuser), carbon ceramic brakes (400mm front discs, 360mm rear) and Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres.

They're needed, too, since underneath is a revamped version of the naturally-aspirated 6.0-liter V12 that helps makes the Rapide so endearing.

The increase in power is achieved by enhanced airflow to the engine as a result of larger inlet manifolds as well as new engine and gearbox calibration. It means a hefty 580 HP and 465 lb-ft of torque.

This allows the auto to launch from 0-60mph in just 4.2 seconds (0-62mph in 4.4 seconds) and on to a top speed of 205mph.

The vehicle comes with carbon ceramic brakes as standard with four-piston calipers and revised suspension.

Power gains aside, the Rapide AMR has also been made to be a more dynamic and agile vehicle in the corners.

Not just any wheels, either. In addition the adaptive dampers from the Rapide S have been reworked for the AMR, including a 10mm ride height drop, with extensive development work done on the Nordschleife.

It also utilises the cooling system on the Vanquish S, with modified brake ducts and dust shields.

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Not everything has been done with performance alone in mind.

There's three different colour schemes to choose from.

Standard and Silhouette will come with a choice of four colors - Mariana Blue, Scintilla Silver, Lightning Silver, and Onyx Black - with the Standard scheme throwing in some AMR Lime accents to the splitter, sills, and rear diffuser.

Prices for the new Aston Martin Rapide AMR is available in the United Kingdom priced from £194,950. The Silhouette gets a full-length contrasting stripe in China Grey or Clubsport White instead.

Meanwhile, the Signature scheme (pictured) teams Stirling Green exterior paint with Lime accents and a Lime stripe, which "draws the closest visual link to the Aston Martin Racing team".

The full-length centre console comes in carbon fibre, seats are trimmed in Alcantara and each auto will come with a limited-edition AMR inspection plaque. The One-77 style steering wheel is an option, and there are plenty of AMR plaques, badges, and stitching.

Limited to just 210 cars, the British automaker describes the Rapide AMR as "a sports auto capable of comfortably transporting a team of race drivers to a circuit on the other side of a continent and then tackling the track when they get there".

Nothing stays still for long in Second Century Aston Martin. Deliveries are scheduled to commence in the fourth quarter of 2018.

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