UPDATED: 2:00PM 13/06/2018
ASTON Martin has unleashed a many manly chronicle nonetheless of a five-door liftback, a limited-edition Rapide AMR, that ups a ante with a retuned V12 engine, honed aerodynamics and lashings of lightweight carbon-fibre.
According to Aston Martin Australia, “a tiny number” of Rapide AMRs will be alien locally after this year, with any labelled from $459,950 before on-road costs – a $77,840 reward over a Rapide S on that it is based.
Restricted to 210 examples globally, a Rapide AMR is encouraged by a 6.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol section that punches out 433kW of energy during 7000rpm – 22kW some-more than a Rapide S – and 630Nm of torque in many markets.
In Europe, however, limit energy for a Rapide AMR is 7kW higher, during 440kW, during a same engine speed, with a British marque providing no reason for a discrepancy.
These softened outputs were achieved by incomparable estuary manifolds with tuned-length twin estuary runners to raise airflow, and a recalibration of a Engine Control Unit (ECU) and eight-speed ZF torque-convertor involuntary transmission.
Despite a additional corner in output, a Rapide AMR usually matches a Rapide S in a scurry from delay to 100km/h, during 4.4 seconds, though betters a tip speed of 327km/h by 3km/h.
Braking is rubbed by a carbon-ceramic package – a Rapide initial – consisting of 400mm discs with six-piston callipers adult front and 360mm rotors with four-pot stoppers during a rear.
The Rapide AMR sits on multi-spoke 21-inch amalgamate wheels – a largest on an Aston Martin nonetheless – wrapped in a churned set of Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres (245/35 adult front, 295/30 during a rear).
Riding 10mm revoke than a Rapide S, a Rapide AMR picks adult retuned three-stage adaptive dampers that “create a automobile that is some-more focused, flexible and dynamic”, according to a company.
The extraneous makeover is extended by a carbon-fibre front splitter, vented bonnet, side skirts, back diffuser and bootlid-mounted mouth spoiler, that have been tuned to revoke aerodynamic lift.
A filigree front grille insert, Zagato-inspired turn LED daytime using lights and a some-more rough quad empty complement turn out outmost upgrades.
Inside, a full-length carbon-fibre centre console and Alcantara-trimmed seats – both Rapide firsts – underline alongside AMR-branded carbon-fibre damage plates and a limited-edition AMR investigation plaque, while a One-77 sportscar-style steering circle is accessible optionally.
Rapide AMR buyers can also select between 3 pattern schemes – Standard, Silhouette and Signature – that change paintwork and trim accordingly.
According to Aston Martin boss and arch executive officer Andy Palmer, a Rapide AMR takes a company’s many unsentimental indication to another level.
“AMR takes record and impulse from a motorsport programme to amplify a sporting bravery in a highway cars, that is transparent to see in a Rapide AMR – Aston Martin’s many impassioned four-door sportscar,” he said.
“With extended performance, crook dynamics and some-more absolute pattern language, Aston Martin has taken Rapide to new and sparkling extremes.”
While a Rapide AMR was suggested in prolongation form during Le Mans, France, forward of a annual 24-hour competition this weekend, it pennyless cover in judgment guise during a Geneva engine uncover in Mar final year.
Only one Rapide S has been sole in Australia to a finish of May this year, compared with 4 units during a same duration in 2017.