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Aston Martin reveals Rapide AMR

16 June 2018

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Just 210 examples will be produced, each carrying a $240,000 price tag.

After being previewed at last year's Geneva Motor Show, Aston Martin has finally presented the new Rapide AMR, which becomes the latest model parked under the performance sub-brand after the DB11 AMR.

AMR is Aston Martin's racing division, which has recently developed close ties between the firm's race and road cars. Basically, it means customers can actually buy road-going models with some of the special powers that are normally the preserve of the hardcore race cars they can't buy.

Talking about the model, Aston boss Andy Palmer says that the model has "enhanced performance, sharper dynamics and more powerful design language" which, as a result, "has taken Rapide to new and exciting extremes".

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The Rapide AMR will be available in three design schemes, including the Signature scheme that pairs the Stirling Green paint with Lime accents that takes its look from the Aston Martin racers.

To make sure you can tell this is an AMR Rapide and not just your average run of the mill Rapide S, there's a new front grille and splitter, new sills, new diffuser and new boot spoiler - all carbon fibre - and a new bonnet with de rigueur vents all said to improve the Rapide's aero. This is due to AMR retuning the engine, fitting larger intake manifolds and tuned-length dual inlet runners. A brake cooling system was nabbed from the Vanquish S with modified ducts and dust shields.

As standard, the Rapide AMR comes fitted with carbon ceramic brakes.

The brakes measure 400m at the front with six-piston calipers and 360mm at the rear with four-piston calipers. The AMR rides on a suspension that is 0.4 inch lower than the Rapide S.

"The three stage adaptive dampers remain", from the standard-issue Rapide, Aston explains, but "they have been thoroughly reengineered to create a auto that is more focused, agile and dynamic". It recently showed off its new centre at the Nürburgring racing circuit in Germany - where most of the development of this auto took place - as well as its first road vehicle, the DB11 AMR. The standard features the Lime AMR accents while the Silhouette and Signature version borrow color schemes from the company's racing team. Silhouette adds a full-length contrasting stripe in either China Grey or Clubsport White.

Aston Martin reveals Rapide AMR