Aston Martin Rapide AMR packs 580 HP, gets carbon fiber body (Chris Bruce)
Aston Martin Rapide AMR

Accelerating to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds puts the rapid in Rapide.

Aston Martin unleashes its AMR motorsport division for a upgraded, limited-edition version of the Rapide saloon. The company imagines this machine as a four-door perfect for a high-speed journey in comfort and only intends to build 210 of them. Prices will start at $240,000 (approx. £180,000 at current exch.) in the United States, and deliveries will start in the fourth quarter of 2018. 

The Rapide AMR continues to use Aston's naturally aspirated V12, and it now produces 580bhp and 465 pound-feet, versus 552bhp and 465 lb-ft from the version in the Rapide S. The revised tuning to unleash the extra power includes larger inlet manifolds and tuned-length dual inlet runners. The upgrade lets the sedan reach 60 miles per hour in 4.2 seconds and hit a top speed of 205mph.

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To handle the boost in power, Aston fits three-mode adaptive dampers and lowers the ride height by 0.4 inches (10 millimeters). There are also standard carbon-ceramic brake discs that have six-piston callipers in front and four-piston stoppers in the rear. The saloon has the modified brake ducts and dust shields from the Vanquish S that help cooling, according to the company.

Taking cues from 2017's Rapide AMR concept, the production version features carbon fibre parts for the front splitter, side sills, boot lip spoiler, and rear diffuser. The carbon bonnet has large vents near each corner of the windscreen, and there are circular LED running lights in the lower sections of the front fascia. Quad exhaust tips emerge from the back, and Aston promises that it 'ensures a raucous sound befitting of the AMR badge.' A set of forged 21-inch wheels have a complicated array of X-shaped spokes and use Michelin Super Sport tyres.

Aston Martin Rapide AMR

Inside, the saloon has a carbon fiber centre console that runs the whole length of the vehicle. The seats have Alcantara upholstery and customers can choose between AMR Lime or Galena Silver highlights.

If customers feel like spending more, Aston will offer the Rapide AMR with plenty of options. The available Silhouette scheme replaces the body's standard AMR Lime accents with a choice of China Grey or Clubsport White. There's also the Signature scheme in a mix of Stirling Green paint and AMR Lime accents. Buyers can also send their new saloon to the automaker's Q division for more extensive personalisation.

Source: Aston Martin