Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

Production-ready Aston Martin Rapide AMR to launch at Le Mans 2018

Production-ready Aston Martin Rapide AMR to launch at Le Mans 2018

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.

Aston Martin has detailed its latest racing-theme special edition, the Rapide AMR, that was first unveiled as a concept in Geneva. It will be limited to 210 units. At the heart of the matter is the Rapide's six-litre naturally aspirated V12, tweaked with upgrades from the Vantage GT12 that include larger inlet manifolds with tuned length dual inlet runners, an authoritative quad exhaust system (AMR unashamedly describes it as "raucous") and revised engine and gearbox calibration to deliver a claimed 463kW and 630Nm. As a result, power is quoted at 595bhp - 53bhp up on the normal Rapide S - produced at a tingly 7000rpm. The new Rapide AMR rides 10mm lower than a Rapide S and although the three stage adaptive dampers remain, they have been thoroughly reengineered to create a auto that is more focused, agile and dynamic.

To harness all that power, the vehicle it sits on 21-inch alloy wheels, which help with brake cooling, with ultra-high performance Michelin Super Sport tyres. The design is the same as was seen in the concept, with a complex pattern of delicate spokes. A new bonnet with large ventilation insets is also made of carbonfibre. "With enhanced performance, sharper dynamics and more powerful design language, Aston Martin has taken Rapide to new and exciting extremes".

Even the colour schemes available ensure that the AMR won't go unnoticed. Standard and Silhouette will be available with four colours, Mariana Blue, Scintilla Silver, Lightning Silver and Onyx Black - the standard scheme gets AMR lime accents.

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The Rapide AMR also has retuned suspension and optimised aerodynamics.

The Silhouette does without the lime, instead getting a full-length stripe available in either grey or white. There's also the Signature scheme in a mix of Stirling Green paint and AMR Lime accents. Q by Aston Martin, the automaker's bespoke team, is on hand to make any more custom changes. Each vehicle will come with a numbered inspection plaque (just 210 will be built) and AMR-branded carbon-fibre sill plates.

These design schemes are reflected on the interior as well, available with either AMR Lime or Galena Silver welting and stitching.

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. 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. Optionally available for the full race auto experience are carbon paddle shifters, a One-77 steering wheel and, er, an umbrella. Available globally (except in China and Russia), pricing will start from £194,950 in the United Kingdom, $240,000 in the USA and €229,950 in Germany.

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