Aston Martin Unveils Limited Edition Rapide AMR

By Paul Joseph

As Aston Martin returns to Le Mans to defend its 2017 victory at the iconic 24-hour race, the British car brand has unveiled the latest model in its new AMR – standing for ‘Aston Martin Racing’ – stable.

Following hot on the heels of the DB11 AMR comes the limited edition Rapide AMR, a production version of the concept shown at last year’s Geneva Motor Show and limited to just 210 units.

AMR draws a direct engineering and aesthetic link between the company’s successful race team and its road cars.

Aston Martin President & Chief Executive Officer, Dr Andy Palmer, said: “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, 4-door sports car.

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

The design of the new 205mph Rapide AMR has changed little from the concept that was shown at the Geneva show in 2017, with a large front grille reminiscent of the extreme track-only Vantage AMR Pro.

The Rapide AMR will be available in three different design schemes. The Standard and Silhouette schemes offer 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.

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.

Also available for the first time as an option is a One-77 style steering wheel. Every car has discrete 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.

In addition to the three design schemes, customers will also be able make use of Q by Aston Martin to further personalise their car.

The Aston Martin Rapide AMR will be available globally with the exception of China and Russia, priced from £194,950 in the UK, $240,000 in the US and €229,950 in Germany, with first customer deliveries in the fourth quarter of 2018.

By Paul Joseph