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

Doris Richards
June 14, 2018

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.

Its design has changed little from the concept auto 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.

So, the splitter, sills, rear diffuser, and boot lid lip spoiler are in carbon fiber to keep weight down, and help reduce lift at speed. The carbon hood has large vents near each corner of the windshield, and there are circular LED running lights in the lower sections of the front fascia.

Altogether it's sufficient for 0-60 miles per hour in a mere 4.2 seconds, and a top-speed of 205 miles per hour.

The suspension is also more focused.

The increase in power is achieved by enhanced airflow to the engine as a result of larger inlet manifolds as well as new engine and gearbox calibration.

Meanwhile, carbon ceramic brakes provide better stopping power with 400 mm discs at the front (six-piston calipers) and 360 mm units at the rear (four-piston calipers). 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.

It also utilises the cooling system on the Vanquish S, with modified brake ducts and dust shields. Ride height has dropped 10mm compared to the S, while the three stage adaptive dampers have been returned to match.

Not everything has been done with performance alone in mind. Quad exhaust tips emerge from the back, and Aston promises that it "ensures a raucous sound befitting of the AMR badge".

Customers who don't care for the three available design schemes can opt for a bespoke project commissioned by the Q by Aston Martin division.

There is a choice of thee different design schemes - Standard, Silhouette and Signature.

The Silhouette scheme eschews the Lime accents and instead adds a full-length contrasting stripe in China Grey or Clubsport White.

This draws the closest visual link to the Aston Martin Racing team and the liveries of its race cars.

Inside, you'll find a carbon-fibre centre console while the seats have been trimmed in Alcantara.

Nothing stays still for long in Second Century Aston Martin. Optionally available for the full race vehicle experience are carbon paddle shifters, a One-77 steering wheel and, er, an umbrella.

Tempted? You'll need to act pretty fast if you want a Rapide AMR on your driveway.

The Rapide AMR continues to use Aston's naturally aspirated V12, and it now produces 580 hp and 465 pound-feet (630 Newton-meters), versus 552 hp (412 kW) and 465 lb-ft (630 Nm) from the version in the Rapide S. Prices will start at $240,000 in the United States, and deliveries will start in the fourth quarter of 2018.

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