Aston Martin has revealed a new performance-spec AMR trim of its Rapide sedan, an enhanced version of the four-door with a boosted 580 horsepower from 552, as well as a host of other upgrades. Aston Martin announced the Rapide AMR more than a year ago but is only now putting the car on sale as one of its last send-offs to the model, which ends production 2020. The Rapide AMR sees the power bump in its 6.0-litre V12 courtesy a new engine calibration and better air flow. Zero to 100 km/h still takes 4.4 seconds, but top speed is now slightly higher, at 330 km/h. The eight-speed gearbox now turns the largest wheels ever fitted to an Aston, 21-inch units wrapped in new Michelin Pilot Super Sport rubber. Brakes and brake cooling get upgraded, and the car is 10-mm lower than a Rapide S.
A new Zagato-inspired grille and new hood work with carbon-fibre diffuser and spoiler pieces to reduce lift. The paint comes offered in three different schemes. Signature Green expeted to be the most popular.
Aston Martin will be building just 210 Rapide AMRs, and while Canadian pricing hasn’t been announced, in the U.S. it’ll sell for about US$240,000, a premium of US$34,000 over the Rapide S. The car will likely be one of the last special editions of the sedan before it’s retired less than two years from now, before it’s replaced by the new DBX crossover.