The AMR-badged, four-door Rapide follows hot on the heels of the DB11 AMR (which we've driven in Germany), and is based on the concept shown at the Geneva International Motor Show in 2017, retaining the gaping front grille and boasting circular daytime running lights that reference recent Zagato models. Most of the changes, though, have been done with aerodynamics in mind. Larger inlet manifolds with tuned length dual inlet runners have boosted airflow; Aston Martin Racing's engineers combined that with new engine and transmission calibration, to bump up power. The hood is carbon fiber too, and has sizable ventilation cut-outs. It means a hefty 580 HP and 465 lb-ft of torque. The result is a claimed 0-100 km/h time of 4,4 seconds, which represents an improvement of half a second over the Rapide S. 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. This is also the first Rapide with carbon ceramic brakes - 400mm at the front with six-piston calipers and 360mm at the rear with four pistons each - and the first Aston Martin of any kind with 21 inch wheels, which necessitated special Michelin Super Sport tyres, developed specifically for this vehicle.
Not just any wheels, either.
The large, forged wheels have a multi spoke design that is not only very stiff but also aids brake cooling. Ride height has dropped 10mm compared to the S, while the three stage adaptive dampers have been returned to match. An evolution of the brake cooling system used by the Vanquish S introduces new brake ducts and dust shields to help maintain consistently powerful stopping power.
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Not everything has been done with performance alone in mind.
Three different design schemes will be available; the Standard, Silhouette and Signature. Do take note that these prices are before any customisation work by Aston Martin's in-house Q division. Silhouette adds a full-length contrasting stripe in either China Grey or Clubsport White. They are split into Standard, Silhouette and Signature; the latter is what you see here, with Stirling Green paint, Lime accents and a Lime stripe for the look most similar to the Aston racers. Customers will gets a full-length carbon fibre centre console and Alcantara seats with AMR logos. This draws the closest visual link to the Aston Martin Racing team and the liveries of its race cars. The One-77 style steering wheel is an option, and there are plenty of AMR plaques, badges, and stitching.
Limited to just 210 cars, the British automaker describes the Rapide AMR as "a sports vehicle 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". Initial deliveries will kick off in Q4 2018.