Aston Martin Rapide AMR spotted testing

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Words: Nile Bijoux
16 Apr 2018

The Aston Martin Rapide AMR concept was revealed at last year’s Geneva Motor Show, and the company looks to be very close to releasing the production version.

The car will be sold in limited numbers and have the same styling and technical specs shown on the concept. It will use the same bonded aluminium core and the naturally-aspirated 6.0-litre V12 shared with the Vanquish S, now producing 444kW for the four-door, an increase of 32kW over the Rapide S. Aston Martin says the AMR will be able to crack 210mph (337km/h).

The front has been redesigned, with large round fog lights embedded into the bumper and there’s a new bonnet with larger vent openings. The sills and rear bumper follow the same, more aggressive stance. A small lip spoiler on the boot lid rounds off the high performance look.

Inside expect swathes of Alcantara and carbon fibre to replace the waxy leather and timber of the regular Rapide, along with four racing-style bucket seats.

While AMR aims to create racers out of the Aston Martin range, the Rapide AMR is more of a middle-ground offering. Despite the obvious emphasis on sporty driving, the car should still be a fairly capable grand tourer.

The Rapide AMR is the third such product from the firm, after the Vantage AMR Pro and V8 and V12 Vantage AMR. Production is capped at 210 units but AM hasn’t released pricing or launch details.

While competitors such as the Porsche Panamera Turbo S and Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S will likely have an edge in raw performance, the thrill of one of the last naturally-aspirated V12s and the sophistication Aston Martin is known for should fill the order books pretty easily.

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