Aston Martin Rapide AMR debuts with 595hp and limited numbers

Aston Martin Rapide AMR revealed – UPDATE

New 595bhp Aston Martin Rapide AMR revealed

Its second model of the year will be the recently revealed hardcore Aston Martin Rapide AMR - the last hurrah for the Rapide S before the four-door sedan goes off sale in 2020 and is indirectly replaced by Aston's first SUV, the DBX.

Aston Martin has also altered the Rapide's suspension to ride 10mm lower than a Rapide S, while changing the tuning of the AMR's adaptive dampers to be more focused and conducive to track driving.

Andy Palmer, Aston Martin president and chief executive officer, said: "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".

Following in the footsteps of the Aston Martin DB11 AMR, the British marque has now unveiled the Rapide AMR.

Aston Martin Rapide AMR revealed – UPDATE

The AMR is available in three different design packages, called 'Standard, Silhouette, and Signature'. Do take note that these prices are before any customisation work by Aston Martin's in-house Q division. Meanwhile the circular daytime running lights recall the recent Zagato models, while the aerodynamics have been tuned to reduce lift while retaining a neutral balance. There are also standard carbon-ceramic brake discs that have six-piston calipers in front and four-piston stoppers in the rear.

To harness all that power, the auto it sits on 21-inch alloy wheels, which help with brake cooling, with ultra-high performance Michelin Super Sport tyres.

AMR has squeezed an extra 32kW out of the Rapide's 6.0-litre naturally-aspirated V12 engine bringing total power outputs to 443kW, while torque remains at 630Nm. A quad exhaust adds to the performance updates. 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. It recently showed off its new centre at the Nürburgring racing circuit in Germany - where most of the development of this auto took place - as well as its first road vehicle, the DB11 AMR. Silhouette adds a full-length contrasting stripe in either China Grey or Clubsport White. The Signature trim channels the factory racing livery in dark green with lime green accents and stripe. There's also a steering wheel similar to the one found in the Aston Martin One-77 hypercar.

The interior matches the colour you've chosen, with either lime green or silver contrast stitching and welting on the alcantara seats, AMR logos stitched into the upholstery and a full-length carbon-fibre centre console - also a first for a Rapide.

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