New 595bhp Aston Martin Rapide AMR revealed

Aston Martin Rapide AMR

The production version of the Rapide AMR concept shown off at the Geneva Motor Show past year, it's an even faster twist on Aston Martin's handsome four-seater.

Visually, the vehicle looks largely identical to the concept from Geneva, with a detailed front grille and circular daytime running lights that are Zagato-inspired. Most of the changes, though, have been done with aerodynamics in mind.

"With enhanced performance, sharper dynamics and more powerful design language, Aston Martin has taken Rapide to new and exciting extremes".

Aston Martin has tuned the car's dynamics to reduce lift while retaining a neutral balance and the extra aerodynamic bodywork such as the splitter, sills, rear diffuser and boot lid lip spoiler are all carbon fibre. It means a hefty 580 HP and 465 lb-ft of torque.

The Rapide AMR sprints from 0-100km/h in the same 4.4 seconds as the Rapide S, and has a claimed top speed of 330km/h - not bad for a 1990kg luxury barge.

The Aston Martin Rapide AMR has been revealed, sporting racy looks, more power, and a super limited production run.

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Meanwhile, carbon ceramic brakes provide better stopping power with 400 mm discs at the front (six-piston calipers) and 360 mm units at the rear (four-piston calipers). 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. It rides 10 mm lower than the Rapide S and the three stage adaptive dampers have been tweaked to support this initiative. Modified brake ducts and dust shields borrow design elements from the Vanquish S, meanwhile, to also aid in keeping temperatures down.

Not everything has been done with performance alone in mind. 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. Three color schemes will be offered, too. The Silhouette gets a full-length contrasting stripe in China Grey or Clubsport White instead.

This draws the closest visual link to the Aston Martin Racing team and the liveries of its race cars. There's also the experience to consider: witness, for instance, the new quad exhaust system, which Aston Martin describes as positively "raucous" in its chorus. Do take note that these prices are before any customisation work by Aston Martin's in-house Q division.

A full-length carbon-fibre centre console and Alcantara-trimmed seats reinforce the car's sporty persona - both firsts for a Rapide. The One-77 style steering wheel is an option, and there are plenty of AMR plaques, badges, and stitching.

The Aston Martin Rapide AMR will be available worldwide (except Russian Federation and China) from the final quarter of 2018, with prices starting at £194 950 (R3.48 million) ex factory in the United Kingdom; expect to pay about R6 million landed in South Africa. Only 210 examples will be produced each priced from £194,950. Initial deliveries will kick off in Q4 2018.

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