Aston Martin reveals school-run-cum-track-beast

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Words: Nile Bijoux
13 Jun 2018

Now you can terrify not just one passenger, but three, thanks to Aston Martin’s latest AMR creation. Meet the Rapide AMR.

Four doors usually means a more family-friendly automobile, and that’s true with the standard Rapide. However, AMR has had its way with the super sedan, and now it’s more at home tucking a shoulder into Turn Six at Hampton Downs.

It’s a ringer for the concept shown at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, with a front end reminiscent of the track-only Vantage AMR Pro and headlights seemingly nicked from Zagato’s parts bin. The body is draped in carbon-fibre to keep kilos (sort of) low, and the ride has been dropped 10mm. Meanwhile, the three-stage damper system is now tuned for improved directional changes and tighter body control more than outright comfort.

The naturally-aspirated V12 has been massaged to produced 433kW and 620Nm. Top speed is 330km/h and 0-100km/h is clocked in 4.4 seconds. While the sprint might sound a bit sub-par compared to other cars of the AMR Rapide’s pedigree, it sure isn’t a bad effort for a sedan weighing 1990kg.

"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, four-door sports car," says Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer.

"With enhanced performance, sharper dynamics and more powerful design language, Aston Martin has taken Rapide to new and exciting extremes.”

Carbon ceramic brakes with 400mm discs and six-piston calipers up front and 360mm discs paired with four-piston calipers at the rear bring everything to a halt.

Rapide is the second model this year from the AMR sub-brand, the other being the DB11 AMR.


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