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Aston Martin Racing cooks up superhot 463kW Rapide

13 June 2018

Aston Martin has unveiled the all-new Rapide AMR 2018, a production version of the concept vehicle revealed at the Geneva Motor Show 2017.

Upgrades to the 6.0-litre V12, similar to those first seen on the Vantage GT12, consist of an enlarged inlet manifold, revised engine mapping, and a quad tailpipe setup to liberate more vocal roar. It will be limited to 210 units.

"With enhanced performance, sharper dynamics and more powerful design language, Aston Martin has taken Rapide to new and exciting extremes". Channelled to the rear wheels through a carbon propellor shaft and an eight-speed automatic gearbox, the AMR covers the 0-60mph dash in 4.2 seconds on its way to a 205mph top speed.

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.

Carbon-ceramic brakes measuring 400 mm up front (with six-piston callipers) and 360 mm at the rear (with four-piston callipers) ship standard, while the new Rapide AMR rides 10 mm lower than the Rapide S, employing "thoroughly re-engineered" three-stage adaptive dampers. The aero kit components - splitter, sills, rear diffuser and boot lid lip spoiler - are all carbon fibre, as is the ventilated bonnet.

Another first for Aston Martin is the use of forged 21-inch wheels, wrapped in aggressive Michelin Super Sport tyres. The first two are offered with a choice of four colours Mariana Blue, Scintilla Silver, Lightning Silver and Onyx Black, with the Standard scheme adding AMR Lime accents to the splitter, sills and rear diffuser.

It'll be available in three standard liveries: Standard, Silhouette and Signature. The Silhouette gets a full-length contrasting stripe in China Grey or Clubsport White instead.

This draws the closest visual link to the Aston Martin Racing team and the liveries of its race cars. Finally the Signature model makes a nod to Aston Martin Racing's colour scheme, by combining the accents, body stripe and brake calipers - all in lime - with a Stirling Green paint finish.

Inside the vehicle, the chosen exterior scheme is reflected on the inside with either AMR Lime or Galena Silver wearing and stitching.

Inside, you'll find a carbon-fibre centre console while the seats have been trimmed in Alcantara. Each auto comes with a unique AMR inspection plaque, plenty of AMR branding and carbon sill plaques.

The Aston Martin Rapide AMR will be available worldwide (except Russian Federation and China) from the final quarter of 2018, with prices starting at £194 950 (R3.48 million) ex factory in the United Kingdom; expect to pay about R6 million landed in South Africa. The vehicle will be available worldwide with the exception of China and Russian Federation, and customer deliveries are scheduled to start in the fourth quarter of 2018. Do take note that these prices are before any customisation work by Aston Martin's in-house Q division.

Aston Martin Racing cooks up superhot 463kW Rapide