Model gets uprated power, retuned suspension and optimised aerodynamics

The hardcore Aston Martin Rapide AMR will be the last hurrah for the four-door saloon before it goes off sale in 2020.

It is the second model this year from Aston’s burgeoning AMR performance sub-brand; the DB11 AMR was unveiled last month.

The £194,950 Rapide AMR — costing £45,450 more than the standard Rapide S — closely echoes the concept shown at the Geneva motor show in 2017, with a front grille reminiscent of the track-only Vantage AMR Pro and circular daytime running lights similar to recent Zagato models.

The AMR variant keeps the same 0-60mph time as the standard Rapide S at 4.2sec and shares the same naturally aspirated 6.0-litre V12 engine with 465lb ft of torque, but it gets uprated power from 545bhp to 595bhp.

Top speed is 205mph, making it 2mph faster than the Rapide S.

The increase in power is achieved by enhanced airflow to the engine as a result of larger inlet manifolds as well as new engine and gearbox calibration.

The Rapide AMR also has retuned suspension and optimised aerodynamics. 

Extra aerodynamic bodywork includes carbonfibre splitter, sills, rear diffuser and bootlid lip spoiler. A new bonnet with large ventilation insets is also made of carbonfibre.

The Rapide AMR sits 10mm lower than the Rapide S and its adaptive dampers have been re-engineered to be “more focused, agile and dynamic”, said Aston

It also gets new carbon-ceramic brakes and 21in wheels — a first for Aston — paired with Michelin Super Sport tyres designed to aid brake cooling. 

The brakes measure 400m at the front with six-piston calipers and 360mm at the rear with four-piston calipers. To further aid brake cooling, the Rapide AMR uses a version of the Vanquish S’s cooling system with modified brake ducts and dust shields.

There are three design schemes: Standard, Silhouette and Signature. The latter gets Stirling Green paint with lime accents and stripe, drawing the closest visual link to the livery of Aston race cars.

Inside, there is a full-length carbonfibre centre control and the seats are made with Alcanatara — both firsts for a Rapide. Each car gets AMR logos stitched into the seats and a limited-edition AMR plaque on the carbon sills.

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 Rapide AMR has a limited production of 210 cars. First customer deliveries are in autumn.

The Rapide S is expected to go off sale in 2020 and will be indirectly replaced by Aston’s first SUV, the DBX.

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13 June 2018

Whats with the dayglow urine adornments?? Yurgh.

13 June 2018

Get used to the looks - it's what the new SUV will adopt, and the DB11 DBS is going to have on its nose too.

 

No, I don't like the Halfords bright yellow stripes either.   Bit too much Max Power.

 

That grill really doesn't work.   And sadly neither does the vacuum cleaner one on the new Vantage either.   But worse is to come with the DB11 DBS also having that gaping hole.   Aston needs a designer who understands the timeless looks an Aston normally wears.

13 June 2018
Luap wrote:

Whats with the dayglow urine adornments?? Yurgh.

Personally, I think the fluro lines along the sills look trick. But it's an Aston. You can have one with as few or as many lines as you like.

13 June 2018

the most beautiful 4 doors saloon got better in performance but the look got worse.......love the upgrade engine but hate the AMR comestic enhancements and  lime stripe, just make the car looks like a knockoff or after market product, and lost Aston usual classy elegance style. Those stripes only suit cars such as AMG, Audi, Porsche, Hyundai....etc. so disappoint with the AMR looks.

13 June 2018

I would love to see the 400m brakes on this car. Would be quite the sight, eh?

73hP0n1

13 June 2018

 Yes, yes it is, inside and out are great the only thing I think that ruins the lines is the Lip spoiler on the back, it’s a tad too big, other than that it’s trad Aston Martin, infact I’d say it’s better looking the the previous iteration......

Peter Cavellini.

13 June 2018

I'm a big fan of the Aston Martin Rapide S but this AMR takes a good looking car and makes it less so.  What are those yellow accents/stripes doing on a car such as this?  Leave them for the DS's and Corsa VRXs of this world

13 June 2018

Surprised that this is still in production, considering the DB9 was replaced 2 years ago. 

13 June 2018

Is the electric Rapide dead then?

13 June 2018
scrap wrote:

Is the electric Rapide dead then?

 

My understanding of it was that Williams (F1) were doing the engineering on it, but it was a cobbled together mix of F1 battery and electric motor.   It reminded me of the Masserati they did on Wheeler Dealers (search YouTube) where Edd sourced the parts, including some from wreched Teslas, to put in to a car which had already been partly modified.

 

If you look at the electric cars today they're so much more advanced than this.   The electric Rapide came far too late and extremely poorly conceived as a modification of an existing car rather specifically designed to be electric.

 

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