With the Le Mans in the cards, Aston Martin has announced the new limited-edition Rapide AMR. This production version of the concept shown at Geneva last year is limited to just 210 cars. The Aston Martin Rapide AMR is a sports car that meant for the track, or the road for that matter.
The design of the new Aston Martin Rapide AMR has changed little from the concept that was shown at the Geneva motorshow in 2017, with a 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 extra aerodynamic bodywork such as the splitter, sills, rear diffuser and boot lid lip spoiler are all carbon fiber, with carbon fiber bonnet and large ventilation inserts.
A V12 at heart
At the heart of the Rapide AMR is a naturally aspirated drivetrain that draws much of its technology and character from the potent Aston Martin Vantage GT12. Larger inlet manifolds with tuned length dual inlet runners enhance the airflow into the 6.0-liter V12 engine and, combined with new engine and gearbox calibration, this results in an increase in power. The legendary V12 now puts out 603PS and 630NM of torque, while a new quad exhaust ensures a raucous sound befitting of the AMR badge.
To help harness all of this power and to launch from 0-60mph in just 4.2 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.4 seconds), the Rapide AMR has 21-inch wheels, a first for any Aston Martin, paired with ultra-high performance Michelin Super Sport tyres. The large, forged wheels have a multi spoke design that is not only very stiff but also aids brake cooling. To further aid thermal management of the brakes, the Rapide AMR utilises an evolution of the cooling system on the Vanquish S, with modified brake ducts and dust shields.
As standard, the Rapide AMR comes fitted with carbon ceramic brakes. Measuring 400mm at the front with six piston calipers and 360mm at the rear with four piston calipers, this is the first time that a Rapide has been fitted with such stopping power. The carbon ceramic discs are also part of AMR’s ethos to use lightweight components whilst reducing unsprung mass they have a noticeably beneficial effect on the driving experience.
The Rapide’s suspension has also received considerable attention, check the lowered height and three-stage adaptive dampers.
Body color hues reserved for the Rapide AMR include three design schemes: Standard and Silhouette schemes in Mariana Blue, Scintilla Silver, Lightning Silver and Onyx Black; the Standard scheme has AMR Lime accents to the splitter, sills and rear diffuser; and the Silhouette scheme eschews the Lime accents and instead adds a full-length contrasting stripe in China Grey or Clubsport White. To top it off, the Signature scheme matches Stirling Green paint with Lime accents and a Lime stripe for the definitive AMR look.
Interior -wise, either AMR Lime or Galena Silver welting and stitching are paired with a full-length carbon fiber center console and Alcantara seats with AMR logos. Option available is a One-77 style steering wheel. Each Rapide AMR will come with a limited-edition AMR inspection plaque as well as AMR branding on the carbon sill plaques. Q by Aston Martin customization is also available.
The Aston Martin Rapide AMR will be available globally with the exception of China and Russia and is available from $240,000 in the US and 229,950 Euros, with first customer deliveries in Q4 2018.