Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

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

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Sandy Mccarthy | 14 June, 2018, 16:27

Aston Martin's local arm has confirmed the Rapide AMR will be priced from $459,950 plus on-road costs.

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.

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. As a result, power is quoted at 595bhp - 53bhp up on the normal Rapide S - produced at a tingly 7000rpm.

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. Slowing, meanwhile, comes courtesy of new carbon ceramic brakes, with 400mm front discs with six piston calipers, and 360mm rear discs with four piston calipers. A first for Aston Martin are the 21-inch wheels that aid in cooling the massive brakes, along with modified brake ducts and dust shields adapted from the Vanquish S. The design is the same as was seen in the concept, with a complex pattern of delicate spokes. "With enhanced performance, sharper dynamics and more powerful design language, Aston Martin has taken Rapide to new and exciting extremes".

It will go into production in a limited run of 210 cars.

Alongside the new tyres, brakes and aerodynamics, the Rapide's suspension has also received considerable attention.

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Inside both carbon and Alcantara feature in a Rapide for the first time, with more flashes of Lime too (or Galena Silver for those feeling more reserved). Standard offers buyers the choice between four colours - Mariana Blue, Scintilla Silver, Lightning Silver and Onyx Black - with Lime accents, while Silhouette retains the same colour choice but swaps the Lime highlights for a full-length contrast stripe in either China Grey or Clubsport White.

The Signature scheme matches Stirling Green paint with Lime accents and a Lime stripe for the definitive AMR look.

The full-length centre console comes in carbon fibre, seats are trimmed in Alcantara and each auto will come with a limited-edition AMR inspection plaque. Each vehicle comes with a unique AMR inspection plaque, plenty of AMR branding and carbon sill plaques. A One-77 style steering wheel is available as an option.

Customers who don't care for the three available design schemes can opt for a bespoke project commissioned by the Q by Aston Martin division.

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

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