Which Aston Martin would you like to see get the AMR treatment?
Billed as a race car for the road, the Aston Martin Valkyrie will be the most extreme car in the company’s line-up when it launches next year. Now, Aston Martin wants to apply this concept to some of its existing models. At this year’s Geneva Motor Show, the automaker announced its new AMR range, which aims to strengthen the connection between Aston Martin’s race cars and road cars, bringing “enhanced performance, sharper dynamics and a more powerful design language”.
Eventually, every model in the Aston Martin range will get the AMR (which stands for 'Aston Martin Racing') treatment, but for now the company has revealed the Rapide AMR and the Vantage AMR Pro at Geneva. AMR cars will be developed at Aston Martin’s main branch, whereas AMR Pro models will developed by the Aston Martin Advanced Operations department. For the Rapide, the AMR model features a tuned version of the base car’s naturally aspirated 6.0-liter V12 with a new quad exhaust that produces 592 horsepower. Capable of a top speed of 210 mph, Aston Martin says the Rapide AMR is now “world’s fastest and most thrilling four-door.”
Once a sleek sedan, the Rapide AMR looks much more menacing, sporting a Stirling Green paintjob which is the AMR’s signature color with vibrant lime green accents, along with a dramatic full height grille and new 20 inch alloys. Other details include a new front splitter, side sills, rear diffuser and an aero flip on the rear decklid. Inside, the cabin is trimmed in Dark Knight Alcantara with Lime Green accents along with carbon fiber seats, center stack, and center console. Unsurprisingly, the extreme Vantage AMR Pro looks even more striking. A track-only car, the 500-HP engine is derived from Aston Martin Racing’s GT4 race car, making its the most powerful V8 Vantage ever.
It also has the same paint scheme, hood and rear wing as the World Endurance Championship winning race car. Other body modifications include a new splitter, fenders, side skirts, and rear diffuser. Additional upgrades include adjustable suspension, and center-lock wheels with Michelin Pilot Cup 2 tires. Inside, the cabin isn’t drastically different to the Rapide AMR, but being a race-spec car it also has a fitted roll cage. Unsurprisingly, Aston Martin’s AMR cars aren’t going to be mass produced. While prices haven’t been announced, the company only intends to build 210 examples of the Rapide AMR. The Vantage AMR Pro will be even rarer, with only seven going into production.