Aston Martin has unveiled the all-new Rapide AMR, a production version of the concept car revealed at the Geneva Motor Show 2017. It will go into production in a limited run of 210 cars.
AMR stands for Aston Martin Racing and the cars combine the link between the race team and road cars in performance and aesthetic.
The British machine continues to pack the same naturally aspirated 6.0-liter V12 engine. The unit now makes 603PS (595hp / 440kW) and 630Nm (465lb-ft) of torque in Euro-spec, and 588PS (580hp / 433kW) for the rest of the world. The extra muscle comes via the larger inlet manifolds, with tuned length dual inlet runners that enhance the airflow. Also, the engine and eight-speed gearbox have been recalibrated. Thus, Aston Martin claims the 0-100km/h (0-62mph) sprint takes just 4.4 seconds, the 60mph (96km/h) mark is hit in 4.2 seconds, and top speed is 330km/h (205mph).
While the DB11 and the upcoming DBS have gone turbocharged, the Rapide is staying naturally aspirated for the time being. That means this could be the last Aston Martin production car with a naturally aspirated V12.
As far as cosmetics go, the AMR hasn’t changed much from the concept. Available in four color schemes, the car also has a few exterior changes that help it stand out. These are the lightweight black mesh grille, carbon fiber-made front splitter, bonnet, side sills and diffuser, gloss black side strakes and window surround, black exhaust tips and 21-inch wheels, among others. Some AMR-specific colored stripes, and circular daytime-running lights borrowed from the Vanquish Zagato. The splitter, doorsills, diffuser, and spoiler are all made of carbon fiber, and the wheels are 21 inches in diameter—the biggest wheels ever fitted to an Aston Martin production car.
Inside, they can go for the One-77 style steering wheel with carbon fiber paddle shifters, rear grab handles, garage door opener, second glass key, umbrella and Bang & Olufsen premium sound system.
Rapide AMR will start at $240,000 in the US before options, with deliveries starting in Q4 of 2018.