T he new Rapide AMR follows the lines, livery and technical upgrades of the Rapide AMR Concept shown at the launch of Aston Martin’s AMR division at Geneva in 2017. As one of the most potent and sophisticated sports saloons ever made, the Rapide AMR brings the thrill, drama and technological sophistication of Aston Martin Racing to this hugely capable and highly regarded four-seater.
AMR’s enhancements ensure the Rapide is capable of outdoing many conventional race cars on the track — as well as having space for four adults and their luggage. The normally aspirated 6.0-litre V12 has been re-tuned to produce 603PS, while revised suspension and optimised aerodynamics aid the Rapide’s 4.2-second 0-62mph time and top speed of 205mph.
The Rapide AMR is visually dramatic, with carbon fibre splitter, sills, rear diffuser and boot lid lip spoiler, as well as deep ventilation inserts in the carbon fibre bonnet. A deeper front grille and new circular daytime running lights evoke forms seen in Aston Martin racing cars and special projects, yet give the Rapide a striking character of all its own.
The engine modifications draw on the technological development of the acclaimed Vantage GT12 and the resulting power is put down through ultra-high performance Michelin Super Sport tyres. Carbon ceramic brakes (debuting on the Rapide) and 21-inch wheels (a first for any Aston Martin) are paired with lowered suspension and re-tuned adaptive dampers. All were developed and honed at Aston Martin’s newly opened AMR Performance Centre at the Nürburgring in Germany.
AMR’s performance credentials are signalled by the instantly recognisable design elements that define the range. Rapide AMR is no different, with the edition of 210 cars produced in three signature design schemes. As well as
a four-colour range of Standard and Silhouette schemes (Mariana Blue, Scintilla Silver, Lightning Silver and Onyx Black), design elements are picked out with special AMR Lime accents in the Standard scheme. The Silhouette eschews the Lime accents in favour of a full-length contrasting bodywork stripe in China Grey or Clubsport White. Additional bespoke design touches can be made through Aston Martin’s Q Division.