Monday, 22 October, 2018

Aston Martin Rapide AMR Breaks Cover; To Debut At Le Mans

Aston Martin Rapide AMR revealed – UPDATE New 595bhp Aston Martin Rapide AMR revealed
Katie Ramirez | 14 June, 2018, 16:28

It will go into production in a limited run of 210 cars.

Aston Martin has given its four-door coupe a 580 horsepower makeover, with the Rapide AMR giving Porsche, Mercedes-AMG, and others some serious side-eye. The bonnet features larger ventilation inserts and carbon fibre.

Talking about the model, Aston boss Andy Palmer said the model's "enhanced performance, sharper dynamics and more powerful design language... has taken Rapide to new and exciting extremes".

The AMR variant keeps the same 0-60mph time as the standard Rapide S at 4.2sec and shares the same naturally aspirated 6.0-litre V12 engine with 465lb ft of torque, but it gets uprated power from 545bhp to 595bhp. The revised tuning to unleash the extra power includes larger inlet manifolds and tuned-length dual inlet runners.

The Rapide AMR sprints from 0-100km/h in the same 4.4 seconds as the Rapide S, and has a claimed top speed of 330km/h - not bad for a 1990kg luxury barge. The forged multi-spokes have been created to be not only stiff but allow plenty of air to flow through, helping keep the brakes cooling. Carbon-ceramic brakes have also been fitted - a first for the Rapide - comprised of 400mm discs at the front gripped by six-pot calipers, and 360mm discs and four-pot calipers at the rear. It rides 10 mm lower than the Rapide S and the three stage adaptive dampers have been tweaked to support this initiative.

Power gains aside, the Rapide AMR has also been made to be a more dynamic and agile auto in the corners. Much of this development work has been completed at the newly opened AMR Performance Centre at the Nürburgring.

Three different design schemes will be available; the Standard, Silhouette and Signature. 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.

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The Silhouette does without the lime, instead getting a full-length stripe available in either grey or white.

Signature scheme cars, meanwhile, combine Stirling Green paint with Lime accents and a Lime stripe. This draws the closest visual link to the Aston Martin Racing team and the liveries of its race cars.

Inside, the Aston Martin AMR will receive a theme that mirrors the exterior with either AMR Lime or Galena Silver welting and stitching. Each vehicle comes with a unique AMR inspection plaque, plenty of AMR branding and carbon sill plaques.

A One-77 style steering wheel is an option, and customers will also be able to use the bespoke Q by Aston Martin trim shop to further customise make their cars.

In addition to the three design schemes, customers will also be able make use of Q by Aston Martin to further personalise their auto.

Prices for the new Aston Martin Rapide AMR is available in the United Kingdom priced from £194,950.

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