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

Aston Martin Rapide AMR revealed – UPDATE

New 595bhp Aston Martin Rapide AMR revealed

Following hot on the heels of the DB11 AMR, Aston Martin has revealed the limited edition Rapide AMR.

The Rapide AMR continues to use Aston's naturally aspirated V12, and it now produces 580 hp and 465 pound-feet (630 Newton-meters), versus 552 hp (412 kW) and 465 lb-ft (630 Nm) from the version in the Rapide S. As a result, power is quoted at 595bhp - 53bhp up on the normal Rapide S - produced at a tingly 7000rpm.

The suspension retains the three-stage adaptive dampers of the Rapide S, but with extensively revised spring and damping rates, and a 10mm lower ride.

Meanwhile, carbon ceramic brakes provide better stopping power with 400 mm discs at the front (six-piston calipers) and 360 mm units at the rear (four-piston calipers). The design is the same as was seen in the concept, with a complex pattern of delicate spokes.

Extra aerodynamic bodywork includes carbonfibre splitter, sills, rear diffuser and bootlid lip spoiler. The sedan has the modified brake ducts and dust shields from the Vanquish S that help cooling, according to the company. The front grille is larger and more aggressive than that of the regular Rapide, while the lights stick with the Zagato-inspired circular DRLs.

Andy Palmer, President and CEO, Aston Martin said, "AMR takes technology and inspiration from our motorsport programme to amplify the sporting prowess in our road cars which is clear to see in the Rapide AMR, Aston Martin's most extreme, 4-door sports auto". 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 gets a full-length contrasting stripe in China Grey or Clubsport White instead. The latter gets Stirling Green paint with lime accents and stripe, drawing the closest visual link to the livery of Aston race cars. The production version of the Aston Martin Rapide AMR was shown at Geneva previous year and is limited to only 210 cars. Customers will gets a full-length carbon fibre centre console and Alcantara seats with AMR logos. The One-77 style steering wheel is an option, and there are plenty of AMR plaques, badges, and stitching. Every vehicle has discrete AMR logos stitched into the seats in Galena Silver and each auto will come with a limited-edition AMR inspection plaque as well as AMR branding on the carbon sill plaques.

If the three standard design schemes are not enough, customers will be able to avail themselves of the Q by Aston Martin program to add further special touches.

The Aston Martin Rapide AMR will be available worldwide (except Russian Federation and China) from the final quarter of 2018, with prices starting at £194 950 (R3.48 million) ex factory in the United Kingdom; expect to pay about R6 million landed in South Africa. The vehicle will be available worldwide with the exception of China and Russian Federation, and customer deliveries are scheduled to start in the fourth quarter of 2018.

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