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    New flagship performance version of the Rapide, falls under the AMR banner.

    595bhp Aston Martin Rapide AMR revealed

    Model gets uprated power, retuned suspension and optimised aerodynamics

    The hardcore Aston Martin Rapide AMR will be the last hurrah for the four-door saloon before it goes off sale in 2020.

    It is the second model this year from Aston’s burgeoning AMR performance sub-brand; the DB11 AMR was unveiled last month.

    The £194,950 Rapide AMR — costing £45,450 more than the standard Rapide S — closely echoes the concept shown at the Geneva motor show in 2017, with a front grille reminiscent of the track-only Vantage AMR Pro and circular daytime running lights similar to recent Zagato models.

    The AMR variant keeps the same 0-60mph time as the standard Rapide S at 4.2sec and shares the same naturally aspirated 6.0-litre V12 engine with 465lb ft of torque, but it gets uprated power from 545bhp to 595bhp.

    Top speed is 205mph, making it 2mph faster than the Rapide S.

    The increase in power is achieved by enhanced airflow to the engine as a result of larger inlet manifolds as well as new engine and gearbox calibration.

    The Rapide AMR also has retuned suspension and optimised aerodynamics.

    Extra aerodynamic bodywork includes carbonfibre splitter, sills, rear diffuser and bootlid lip spoiler. A new bonnet with large ventilation insets is also made of carbonfibre.

    The Rapide AMR sits 10mm lower than the Rapide S and its adaptive dampers have been re-engineered to be “more focused, agile and dynamic”, said Aston.

    It also gets new carbon-ceramic brakes and 21in wheels — a first for Aston — paired with Michelin Super Sport tyres designed to aid brake cooling.

    The brakes measure 400m at the front with six-piston calipers and 360mm at the rear with four-piston calipers. To further aid brake cooling, the Rapide AMR uses a version of the Vanquish S’s cooling system with modified brake ducts and dust shields.

    There are three design schemes: Standard, Silhouette and Signature. The latter gets Stirling Green paint with lime accents and stripe, drawing the closest visual link to the livery of Aston race cars.

    Inside, there is a full-length carbonfibre centre control and the seats are made with Alcanatara — both firsts for a Rapide. Each car gets AMR logos stitched into the seats and a limited-edition AMR plaque on the carbon sills.

    Talking about the model, Aston boss Andy Palmer said the model’s “enhanced performance, sharper dynamics and more powerful design language… has taken Rapide to new and exciting extremes”.

    The Rapide AMR has a limited production of 210 cars. First customer deliveries are in autumn.

    The Rapide S is expected to go off sale in 2020 and will be indirectly replaced by Aston’s first SUV, the DBX.

    https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/n...e-amr-revealed

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    Four-door fury: Meet the 444 kW Aston Martin Rapide AMR

    Aston Martin has taken the wraps off its Rapide AMR, revealing that it will build just 210 examples of the angriest version of the four-door model yet.

    The AMR-badged, four-door Rapide follows hot on the heels of the DB11 AMR (which we’ve driven in Germany), and is based on the concept shown at the Geneva International Motor Show in 2017, retaining the gaping front grille and boasting circular daytime running lights that reference recent Zagato models.

    The Rapide AMR’s naturally aspirated 5,9-litre V12 has been massaged to deliver 444 kW and 630 N.m (up from the standard 410 kW and 620 N.m in the Rapide S), while the British brand says a new quad exhaust system ensures “a raucous sound befitting of the AMR badge”. The result is a claimed 0-100 km/h time of 4,4 seconds, which represents an improvement of half a second over the Rapide S.

    The limited-edition Rapide AMR rides on 21-inch multi-spoke alloys shod with Michelin Super Sport tyres and utilises what Aston calls “an evolution of the [brake] cooling system on the Vanquish S” in the form of modified brake ducts and dust shields.

    The Gaydon-based automaker says the Rapide AMR’s aerodynamics have been tuned to reduce lift while “retaining a neutral balance”, with the added aerodynamic bodywork (the splitter, sills, rear diffuser and boot-lid spoiler) fashioned from carbon-fibre. The new bonnet, complete with ventilation inserts, is also made from the lightweight material.

    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.

    Inside, you’ll find a carbon-fibre centre console while the seats have been trimmed in Alcantara. Every example features AMR logos stitched into the front perches, a limited-edition AMR inspection plaque and AMR branding on the carbon sill plates.

    Aston Martin says the Rapide AMR will be “available globally, with the exception of China and Russia”. Pricing in the United Kingdom starts at £194 950 (that’s a little under R3,5-million at the current exchange rate).

    http://www.carmag.co.za/news/four-do...in-rapide-amr/

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    Aston Martin Racing cooks up superhot 463kW Rapide

    At a company with a century-old racing heritage such as Aston Martin, the competition division assumes a greater importance in the scheme of things than it would at, say, Leyland Truck & Bus. So when Aston Martin Racing turns its attention to the company’s Rapide luxury sedan, people listen.

    And so they should. At the heart of the matter is the Rapide’s six-litre naturally aspirated V12, tweaked with upgrades from the Vantage GT12 that include larger inlet manifolds with tuned length dual inlet runners, an authoritative quad exhaust system (AMR unashamedly describes it as ‘raucous’) and revised engine and gearbox calibration to deliver a claimed 463kW and 630Nm. Performance is quoted at 0-100 in 4.4 seconds and 328km/h flat out

    The suspension retains the three-stage adaptive dampers of the Rapide S, but with extensively revised spring and damping rates, and a 10mm lower ride. This is also the first Rapide with carbon ceramic brakes - 400mm at the front with six-piston calipers and 360mm at the rear with four pistons each - and the first Aston Martin of any kind with 21 inch wheels, which necessitated special Michelin Super Sport tyres, developed specifically for this car.

    The Rapide AMR’s styling has changed very little from the concept that was shown at the 2017 Geneva motor show, its large grille echoing the track-only Vantage AMR Pro and circular daytime running lights recalling recent Zagato models. The aero kit components - splitter, sills, rear diffuser and boot lid lip spoiler - are all carbon fibre, as is the ventilated bonnet.

    It’ll be available in three standard liveries: Standard, Silhouette and Signature. The Standard and Silhouette designs come in your choice of four colours - black , blue and two shades of silver - with lime green accents on the splitter, sills and rear diffuser in Standard trim and a full-length contrasting stripe in grey or white on the Silhouette. The Signature trim channels the factory racing livery in dark green with lime green accents and stripe.

    The interior matches the colour you’ve chosen, with either lime green or silver contrast stitching and welting on the alcantara seats, AMR logos stitched into the upholstery and a full-length carbon-fibre centre console - also a first for a Rapide. Each car will come with a numbered inspection plaque (just 210 will be built) and AMR-branded carbon-fibre sill plates.

    A One-77 style steering wheel is an option, and customers will also be able to use the bespoke Q by Aston Martin trim shop to further customise make their cars.

    The Aston Martin Rapide AMR will be available worldwide (except Russia and China) from the final quarter of 2018, with prices starting at £194 950 (R3.48 million) ex factory in the UK; expect to pay about R6 million landed in South Africa.

    https://www.iol.co.za/motoring/lates...apide-15450460

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    Don't like the front grill
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    Tend to agree.. The Grill is all wrong on that car....
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    Quote Originally Posted by marlin178 View Post
    Don't like the front grill
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    Tend to agree.. The Grill is all wrong on that car....
    Would agree, the front just looks wrong
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    Aston Martin's raucous 'love child' - meet the hot 449kW Rapide AMR

    As Aston Martin returns to Le Mans to defend its 2017 victory at the iconic 24-hour race, so the latest car in the exciting new AMR stable has been unveiled.

    Following hot on the heels of the DB11 AMR, Aston Martin has revealed the limited edition Rapide AMR. This production version of the concept shown at Geneva last year is limited to just 210 cars.

    Taking race to the street

    AMR stands for Aston Martin Racing and the brand draws a direct engineering and aesthetic link between the company’s successful race team and its road cars.

    As such the Rapide AMR is a sports car capable of comfortably transporting a team of race drivers to a circuit on the other side of a continent and then tackling the track when they get there.

    Aston Martin President & Chief Executive Officer, Dr Andy Palmer, commented: ‘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.”

    Aggressive and potent

    The design of the new 320km/h Rapide AMR has changed little from the concept that was shown at the Geneva motorshow in 2017, with a large and aggressive front grille that is reminiscent of the extreme track-only Vantage AMR Pro. Meanwhile the circular daytime running lights recall the recent Zagato models.

    The Rapide AMR’s aerodynamics have been tuned to reduce lift while retaining a neutral balance and the extra aerodynamic bodywork such as the splitter, sills, rear diffuser and boot lid lip spoiler are all carbon fibre. The new bonnet with large ventilation inserts is also made from carbon fibre to minimise weight.

    At the heart of the Rapide AMR is a naturally aspirated drivetrain that draws much of its technology and character from the potent Aston Martin Vantage GT12.

    Larger inlet manifolds with tuned length dual inlet runners enhance the airflow into the 6.0-litre V12 engine and, combined with new engine and gearbox calibration, this results in an increase in power.

    The legendary V12 now puts out 449kW and 630NM of torque, while a new quad exhaust ensures a raucous sound befitting of the AMR badge.

    To help harness all of this power and to launch from 0-100km in just 4.2 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.4 seconds), the Rapide AMR has 21" wheels – a first for any Aston Martin – paired with ultra-high performance Michelin Super Sport tyres.

    A V12 and 449kW

    The large, forged wheels have a multi spoke design that is not only very stiff but also aids brake cooling. To further aid thermal management of the brakes, the Rapide AMR utilises an evolution of the cooling system on the Vanquish S, with modified brake ducts and dust shields.

    As standard, the Rapide AMR comes fitted with carbon ceramic brakes. Measuring 400mm at the front with six piston calipers and 360mm at the rear with four piston calipers, this is the first time that a Rapide has been fitted with such stopping power.

    The carbon ceramic discs are also part of AMR’s ethos to use lightweight components whilst reducing unsprung mass they have a noticeably beneficial effect on the driving experience.

    Alongside the new tyres, brakes and aerodynamics, the Rapide’s suspension has also received considerable attention. The new Rapide AMR rides 10mm lower than a Rapide S and although the three stage adaptive dampers remain, they have been thoroughly reengineered to create a car that is more focused, agile and dynamic. Much of this development work has been completed at the newly opened AMR Performance Centre at the Nürburgring.

    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 Silhouette scheme eschews the Lime accents and instead adds a full-length contrasting stripe in China Grey or Clubsport White.

    The Signature scheme matches Stirling Green paint with Lime accents and a Lime stripe for the definitive AMR look. This draws the closest visual link to the Aston Martin Racing team and the liveries of its race cars.

    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 and is available from £194 950 in the UK, $240 000 in the US and €229 950 in Germany, with first customer deliveries in Q4 2018.

    https://www.wheels24.co.za/NewModels...e-amr-20180614

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