595bhp Aston Martin Rapide AMR revealed

Aston Martin Rapide AMR revealed – UPDATE

New 595bhp Aston Martin Rapide AMR revealed

This is the new Aston Martin Rapide AMR, the fastest version of the four-door coupe you can buy. AMR, as everyone already know, stands for Aston Martin Racing and the Rapide AMR is built by the engineers of the company's racing team.

As such the Rapide AMR is a sports auto capable of comfortably transporting a team of race drivers to a circuit on the other side of a continent and then tackling the track when they get there.

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, 4-door sports vehicle.

Previewed in a concept a year ago, the production version is described by Andy Palmer as taking the model "to new and exciting extremes".

The design incorporates a large front grille with circular daytime running lights reminiscent of the 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.

Regardless of the region, however, all Rapide AMRs produce the same 630Nm of torque. Channelled to the rear wheels through a carbon propellor shaft and an eight-speed automatic gearbox, the AMR covers the 0-60mph dash in 4.2 seconds on its way to a 205mph top speed. 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. Slowing, meanwhile, comes courtesy of new carbon ceramic brakes, with 400mm front discs with six piston calipers, and 360mm rear discs with four piston calipers.

If customers feel like spending more, Aston will offer the Rapide AMR with plenty of options.

The suspension retains the three-stage adaptive dampers of the Rapide S, but with extensively revised spring and damping rates, and a 10mm lower ride. Much of this development work has been completed at the newly opened AMR Performance Centre at the Nürburgring.

There's three different colour schemes to choose from. Both the Standard and Silhouette schemes are available with Mariana Blue, Scintilla Silver, Lightning Silver and Onyx Black exterior finishes.

The Silhouette does without the lime, instead getting a full-length stripe available in either grey or white. The Signature trim channels the factory racing livery in dark green with lime green accents and stripe. Q by Aston Martin, the automaker's bespoke team, is on hand to make any more custom changes.

The full-length centre console comes in carbon fibre, seats are trimmed in Alcantara and each vehicle will come with a limited-edition AMR inspection plaque. Optionally available for the full race auto experience are carbon paddle shifters, a One-77 steering wheel and, er, an umbrella. Each auto comes with a unique AMR inspection plaque, plenty of AMR branding and carbon sill plaques.

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