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Aston Martin reveals Rapide AMR

Aston Martin has shown off the production version of its new limited edition Rapide AMR, which has been returned and given a new look over the standard model.

The Rapide AMR will be powered by a naturally-aspirated 6.0-litre V12 engine, which produces 595bhp and 630Nm of torque and can accelerate from 0-60mph in 4.2 seconds – going on to a top speed of 205mph.

A new-quad exhaust has also been fitted, which Aston Martin says creates a “raucous sound befitting of the AMR badge”.

Aston Martin first unveiled the Rapide AMR Concept at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, and little appears to have changed since then. It receives a large front grille – not dissimilar to that of the track-only Vantage AMR Pro – as well as fantastic circular daytime running lights from the Vanquish Zagato.

The aerodynamics have been revised and the suspension retuned. Other features include revised sills, a splitter, and a rear diffuser and boot lip spoiler finished in carbon-fibre.

Aston Martin said: “The Rapide AMR is a sports car 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.”

The model is also the first Rapide available with ceramic brakes and 21-inch forged alloy wheels – the latter being wrapped in Michelin Super Sport tyres.

It’s available in either ‘Standard’, ‘Silhouette’ or ‘Signature’ guises. Standard adds lime green accents to the splitter, sills and rear diffuser, while the Silhouette receives a full-length contrasting stripe painted in grey or white.

The Signature is the quintessential AMR Aston Martin. It matches Stirling Green paint with lime green accents and a lime green stripe – giving it a similar look to the firm’s racing cars.

As for the interior, cars have the stitches in either silver or green, while a carbon fibre centre console and Alcantara seats feature, too. It can also be had a with a steering wheel from the One-77 hypercar, while it unsurprisingly comes with plenty of AMR badges.

AMR is Aston Martin’s racing division, which has recently developed close ties between the firm’s race and road cars. It recently showed off its new centre at the Nürburgring racing circuit in Germany – where most of the development of this car took place – as well as its first road car, the DB11 AMR.

Just 210 will be made, with prices start from £194,950, and first deliveries expected in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Ted Welford

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June 13, 2018

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