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Aston Martin Rapide AMR production version unveiled

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Aston Martin has unveiled the production version of Rapide AMR concept. The four-door sports saloon is available in 3 design schemes – Standard, Silhouette and Signature.

The Standard and Silhouette schemes offer 4 colours – Mariana Blue, Scintilla Silver, Lightning Silver and Onyx Black. The Standard scheme adds AMR Lime accents to the splitter, sills and rear diffuser. The Silhouette scheme eschews the Lime accents and instead adds a full-length contrasting stripe in China Grey or Clubsport White.

The Signature scheme matches Stirling Green paint with Lime accents and a Lime stripe for the definitive AMR look. This draws the closest visual link to the Aston Martin Racing team and the liveries of its race cars, the company said.

The design of the Rapide AMR has changed little from the concept that was shown at the Geneva Motor Show in 2017. The large and aggressive front grille is reminiscent of the track-only Vantage AMR Pro, while the circular daytime running lights have been taken from the recent Zagato models.

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The interior of each Rapide AMR reflects the design scheme chosen for the exterior, with either AMR Lime or Galena Silver welting and stitching. There is a full-length carbon fibre centre console and the seats are trimmed in Alcantara – both firsts for a Rapide.

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Also available for the first time as an option is a One-77 style steering wheel. Every car has AMR logos stitched into the seats in Galena Silver and each car will come with a limited-edition AMR inspection plaque as well as AMR branding on the carbon sill plaques.

As you might expect, the options list is big besides the aforementioned schemes, and the customers will also be able to make use of Q by Aston Martin to further personalize their car.

In-car entertainment includes AMi III Infotainment System with 6.5-inch screen, satellite navigation, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and DAB radio. Options list includes 1000-watt Bang & Olufsen BeoSound audio system, folding rear seats, umbrella and Cat5 tracker.

Powertrain
The 6.0-litre V12 puts out 595 bhp at 7000 rpm and 630 Nm of torque. However, that power is only for the UK & EU markets. Rest of the world has to settle for 580 bhp. 0-100 km/h acceleration happens in 4.4 seconds and top speed is 330 km/h.

Transmission is a rear mid-mounted, ‘Touchtronic III’, 8-speed gearbox sending power to the rear wheels.

As standard, the Rapide AMR comes fitted with carbon ceramic brakes. Measuring 400 mm at the front with 6 piston calipers and 360 mm at the rear with 4 piston calipers, this is the first time that a Rapide has been fitted with such stopping power.

The 21-inch wheels are shod with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres measuring 245/35 at front and 295/30 at the rear.

The company said that alongside the new tyres, brakes and aerodynamics, the Rapide’s suspension has also received considerable attention. The Rapide AMR rides 10 mm lower than a Rapide S and although the three stage adaptive dampers remain, they have been thoroughly re-engineered to create a car that is more focused, agile and dynamic. Much of this development work has been completed at the newly opened AMR Performance Centre at the Nürburgring.

Availability
The Rapide AMR will be available globally except China and Russia, and carries a price tag of £194,950 in the UK, $240,000 in the US and €229,950 in Germany, with first customer deliveries in Q4 2018.

Limited to 210 units.

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