The Aston Martin Rapide AMR arrives with 595bhp from its naturally aspirated V12 and track-inspired makeover. Costs from £194,950.
The Aston Martin DB11 AMR arrived last month as a more hardcore, range-topping take on the V12 DB11, and now it’s the turn of the Rapide to get the AMR makeover with the arrival of the new Aston Martin Rapide AMR.
Aston has sprinkled some AMR fairy dust over the Rapide’s naturally-aspirated V12 to boost its output to 595bhp and 465lb/ft of torque – although it seems the 0-62mph dash still takes the same 4.4 seconds the Rapide S manages – there’s new calibration for the eight-speed automatic gearbox, 21″ alloys, big carbon ceramic brakes, lower suspension and improved cooling.
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.
Aston are offering three design schemes for the Rapide AMR – Standard, Silhouette and Signature – with a choice of four colours, Mariana Blue, Scintilla Silver, Lightning Silver and Onyx Black, with different contrasting stripes.
Inside gets a look matching the exterior scheme with either AMR Lime or Galena Silver welting and stitching, Alcantara seats, carbon fibre centre console, optional One-77 steering wheel, AMR logos and plaque.
Aston are building just 215 Rapide AMR models, with each costing from £194,950, a near £50k jump on the Rapide S