Aston Martin Rapide AMR debuts, inspired by motorsport

Aston Martin Rapide AMR

Aston Martin Rapide AMR

Following the recently revealed (and very well received) DB11 AMR, the sporty side of Aston is being further extended with this, the Rapide AMR.

Following on from the concept version unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 2018, Aston Martin have unveiled the limited edition Aston Martin Rapide AMR. Under the hood of Aston Martin Rapide AMR there is same naturally aspirated 6.0 liter V12 engine.

The Aston Martin Rapide AMR will start at £194,950 when it goes on sale in the United Kingdom, with the first customer deliveries set for the last quarter of 2018.

To help harness all of this power and to launch from 0-60mph in just 4.2 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.4 seconds), the Rapide AMR has 21-inch wheels - a first for any Aston Martin - paired with ultra-high performance Michelin Super Sport tyres.

"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, four-door sports auto".

Visually, the vehicle looks largely identical to the concept from Geneva, with a detailed front grille and circular daytime running lights that are Zagato-inspired.

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On the outside, it will also be fitted with a black mesh grille, Zagato-like running lights and forged 21inch wheels.

It gets new 21-inch wheels - a first for Aston - paired with Michelin Super Sport tyres created to aid brake cooling. Aston Martin also made the bonnet with large ventilation inserts from carbon fiber for less weight. A brake cooling system was nabbed from the Vanquish S with modified ducts and dust shields.

Carbon-ceramic brakes measuring 400 mm up front (with six-piston callipers) and 360 mm at the rear (with four-piston callipers) ship standard, while the new Rapide AMR rides 10 mm lower than the Rapide S, employing "thoroughly re-engineered" three-stage adaptive dampers.

Extra aerodynamic bodywork includes carbonfibre splitter, sills, rear diffuser and bootlid lip spoiler.

Styling wise, the Rapide AMR remains true to the concept showcased a year ago. The available Silhouette scheme replaces the body's standard AMR Lime accents with a choice of China Grey or Clubsport White. There's also a steering wheel similar to the one found in the Aston Martin One-77 hypercar. Q by Aston Martin, the automaker's bespoke team, is on hand to make any more custom changes. Customers will gets a full-length carbon fibre centre console and Alcantara seats with AMR logos.

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