Aston Martin Rapide AMR Packs 580 HP, Gets Carbon Fiber Body

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The suspension is also more focused.

Talking about the model, Aston boss Andy Palmer said the model's "enhanced performance, sharper dynamics and more powerful design language... has taken Rapide to new and exciting extremes".

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. Each vehicle will come with a numbered inspection plaque (just 210 will be built) and AMR-branded carbon-fibre sill plates. The carbon hood has large vents near each corner of the windshield, and there are circular LED running lights in the lower sections of the front fascia.

The unique appearance extends from the large grille to the carbon-fiber splitter, sills, rear diffuser and trunk lip spoiler.

They're needed, too, since underneath is a revamped version of the naturally-aspirated 6.0-liter V12 that helps makes the Rapide so endearing.

Regardless of the region, however, all Rapide AMRs produce the same 630Nm of torque.

This allows the vehicle to launch from 0-60mph in just 4.2 seconds (0-62mph in 4.4 seconds) and on to a top speed of 205mph.

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The limited-edition Rapide AMR rides on 21-inch multi-spoke alloys shod with Michelin Super Sport tyres and utilises what Aston calls "an evolution of the [brake] cooling system on the Vanquish S" in the form of modified brake ducts and dust shields. Carbon-ceramic brakes have also been fitted - a first for the Rapide - comprised of 400mm discs at the front gripped by six-pot calipers, and 360mm discs and four-pot calipers at the rear.

Even the colour schemes available ensure that the AMR won't go unnoticed. Standard offers buyers the choice between four colours - Mariana Blue, Scintilla Silver, Lightning Silver and Onyx Black - with Lime accents, while Silhouette retains the same colour choice but swaps the Lime highlights for a full-length contrast stripe in either China Grey or Clubsport White.

Meanwhile, the Signature scheme (pictured) teams Stirling Green exterior paint with Lime accents and a Lime stripe, which "draws the closest visual link to the Aston Martin Racing team".

Inside the vehicle, the chosen exterior scheme is reflected on the inside with either AMR Lime or Galena Silver wearing and stitching. Customers will gets a full-length carbon fibre centre console and Alcantara seats with AMR logos. Every vehicle has discrete AMR logos stitched into the seats in Galena Silver and each auto will come with a limited-edition AMR inspection plaque as well as AMR branding on the carbon sill plaques.

Also available for the first time as an option is a One-77 style steering wheel.

The Aston Martin Rapide AMR will be available globally with the exception of China and Russian Federation and is available from £194 950 in the United Kingdom, $240 000 in the USA and €229 950 in Germany, with first customer deliveries in Q4 2018. Deliveries are scheduled to commence in the fourth quarter of 2018.

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