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Aston Martin Rapide AMR: the four-door GT's lairy side

Published: 14 June 2018

► All-new Rapide AMR
► Production version revealed
► AMR derivative for every model

Fresh details of the new Aston Martin Rapide AMR have been revealed, after the car’s initial concept debut at the 2017 Geneva motor show.

Back then, Aston CEO Andy Palmer had initially confirmed that every model in the brand’s range would be given its own top-end AMR halo car. Hence why the previous-generation Vantage AMR got one and the DB11 V12 was replaced by the DB11 AMR in spring 2018. We’re looking forward to seeing the now-current-generation Vantage version.

Check out all we know on the new Rapide AMR.

Rapide AMR – give me the highlights…

Aston’s all-out Rapide uses a naturally-aspirated 6.0-litre V12 that cranks out 595bhp and 465lb ft of torque. That’s good for a 0-62mph sprint in 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 205mph.

There have been a few styling tweaks from the initial concept in 2017, so the aero has been re-tuned to reduce lift at speed via the chunky splitter and lip spoiler, both finished in carbonfibre. The new quad exhaust system ‘ensures a raucous sound befitting of the AMR badge.’

Aston Martin Rapide AMR interior

Along with the punchy engine and slick aero, the Rapide AMR rolls on 21s – a first for Aston – with rims shod in Michelin Super Sport tyres. Aston gave the AMR’s suspension ‘considerable attention’ via copious testing at the Nurburgring, so it’s fitted with three-stage adaptive dampers and rides 10mm lower than a Rapide S. Stopping is down to the standard carbon ceramic brakes, with 400mm discs and six-piston calipers at the front and 360mm/four-piston rears.

Like the DB11 AMR, the Signature versions are finished in a striking Sterling Green and lime stripe combo.

Want one? It’ll cost you £194,950 in the UK with deliveries coming towards the end of 2018.

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By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, gamer, serial Lego-ist, lover of hot hatches