Aston Martin details Rapide AMR with 580 horsepower


Aston Martin has taken the wraps off its Rapide AMR, revealing that it will build just 210 examples of the angriest version of the four-door model yet.

Its design has changed little from the concept vehicle shown at the Geneva Motor Show 2017, with the large and aggressive front grille, reminiscent of the extreme track-only Vantage AMR Pro and the daytime running lights look to be inspired by recent Zagato models.

The Gaydon-based automaker says the Rapide AMR's aerodynamics have been tuned to reduce lift while "retaining a neutral balance", with the added aerodynamic bodywork (the splitter, sills, rear diffuser and boot-lid spoiler) fashioned from carbon-fibre. The hood is carbon fiber too, and has sizable ventilation cut-outs. Despite the changes, the Rapide AMR shares the same 0-100 km/h time as the 560 PS-rated Rapide S at 4.4 seconds, but has a slightly higher top speed of 330 km/h (versus 327 km/h).

Aston Martin has unveiled the all-new Rapide AMR 2018, a production version of the concept auto revealed at the Geneva Motor Show 2017. There are also standard carbon-ceramic brake discs that have six-piston calipers in front and four-piston stoppers in the rear. 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.

The Rapide AMR sits 10mm lower than the Rapide S and its adaptive dampers have been re-engineered to be "more focused, agile and dynamic", said Aston. The sedan has the modified brake ducts and dust shields from the Vanquish S that help cooling, according to the company.

Not everything has been done with performance alone in mind.

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A new quad-tipped sports exhaust system, meanwhile, "ensures the raucous sound befitting of the AMR badge".

There's three different colour schemes to choose from.

Like other AMR products, the Rapide AMR will be available in three distinct colour schemes, inspired by racing liveries - Standard scheme, Silhouette scheme, and Signature scheme. The Silhouette gets a full-length contrasting stripe in China Grey or Clubsport White instead. Finally the Signature model makes a nod to Aston Martin Racing's colour scheme, by combining the accents, body stripe and brake calipers - all in lime - with a Stirling Green paint finish.

Inside, there is a full-length carbonfibre centre control and the seats are made with Alcanatara - both firsts for a Rapide.

Nothing stays still for long in Second Century Aston Martin. Pay a bit more and you can even get a One-77 style steering wheel.

Tempted? You'll need to act pretty fast if you want a Rapide AMR on your driveway. Following the recently revealed (and very well received) DB11 AMR, the sporty side of Aston is being further extended with this, the Rapide AMR. Prices will start at $240,000 in the United States, and deliveries will start in the fourth quarter of 2018.