Aston Martin Rapide AMR debuts, inspired by motorsport

Following in the footsteps of the Aston Martin DB11 AMR, the British marque has now unveiled the Rapide AMR. It’s inspired by the concept version revealed at the Geneva motor show last year.

The Rapide AMR draws a direct link from the Aston Martin Racing division, inspiring both aesthetics and engineering prowess. Being a four-seat vehicle, it’s being described as the perfect car for transporting a team of racing drivers to a circuit, and even taking on a few laps at the track.

Power comes from the familiar 5.9-litre naturally aspirated V12 engine, only here it produces 444kW and 630Nm. Sent through an eight-speed ‘Touchtronic III’ automatic transmission with rear-wheel drive, the Rapide AMR can cover the 0-100km/h dash in a claimed 4.4 seconds.

It features a carbon fibre drive shaft, limited-slip differential, with a final drive ratio of 2.73:1 helping to provide a top speed of 330km/h, as well as CNC-machined combustion chambers and a compression ratio of 11.0:1.

Other mechanical highlights include a set of 400mm front and 360mm rear disc brakes, with six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers, double wishbone suspension front and rear with adaptive dampers, along with a set of 21-inch matt black alloy wheels wearing 245/35 front and 295/30 rear Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres. Speaking about the special edition, Aston Martin CEO Dr Andy Palmer said:

“AMR takes technology and inspiration from our motorsport programme to amplify the sporting prowess in our road cars which is clear to see in the Rapide AMR, Aston Martin’s most extreme, four-door sports car. With enhanced performance, sharper dynamics and more powerful design language, Aston Martin has taken Rapide to new and exciting extremes.”

Aston Martin is planning to produce just 210 examples of the Rapide AMR, with three distinct design schemes; Standard, Silhouette, and Signature.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

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