Aston Martin unveils extreme Rapide modification
Just before the permanent transition of the Rapide large liftback series to the electrified drivetrain, the British car manufacturer Aston Martin has decided not to let the gasoline-powered Rapide AMR Concept first shown at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show leave the scene without applause. Welcome the performance-packed Rapide AMR.
Perhaps the main advantage of the top-of-the-line Aston Martin Rapide AMR lies hidden under the hood. The vehicle commands an improved stock 560hp / 417 kW strong engine which now produces up to 603 hp / 450 kW. A more immediately distinguishing feature comes in the form of a loud engine roar, made possible thanks to a new exhaust system.
At 4.4 seconds, the standard 0-100 (0-60 mph) acceleration time remains unchanged, but the top going speed rises to 330 km/h (205 mph). According to the manufacturer, the vehicle is now better suited to the race track owing to its reworked suspension, lower road clearance and heavy-duty carbon-ceramic brakes. By the way, efficient cooling of the latter necessitated the reversal of the air cooling ducts.
On the outside, the Aston Martin Rapide AMR boasts new headlights, a nostril hood, a redesigned radiator grille, a fresh body kit including front and rear bumpers, door sills, a carbon splitter, a spoiler and a diffusor.
The interior features expensive carbon/chamois finishing. Optional equipment includes a gorgeous steering wheel similar to that of the Aston Martin One-77 hypercar.
Aston Martin plans to produce a small batch of just 210 Aston Martin Rapide AMR priced at £195,000 each. Sales will begin in late 2018.