Fastest As­ton Rapide

Auto Express - - CONTENTS - Alex Ingram

Amr-badged four-door coupé un­leashed with 595bhp

THIS is the new As­ton Martin Rapide AMR, which can lay claim to the crown of the world’s fastest four-door coupé. Only 210 ex­am­ples will be made, each car­ry­ing a price tag of £194,950.

Up­grades to the 6.0-litre V12 con­sist of an en­larged in­let man­i­fold, re­vised en­gine map­ping and a quad tailpipe set-up. The re­sult is a 43bhp hike over the Rapide S, tak­ing to­tal power up to 595bhp, while peak torque is un­changed at 630Nm.

This is chan­nelled to the rear wheels through an eight-speed au­to­matic gear­box, and means the AMR covers the 0-62mph sprint in 4.2 sec­onds on its way to a 205mph top speed.

The tweaks aren’t just about straight­line per­for­mance, though. A new front split­ter, deeper side skirts, an ag­gres­sive rear dif­fuser and small lip spoiler – all made from car­bon fi­bre – help to re­duce lift. The bon­net is con­structed from the same ma­te­rial, and there’s the op­tion to fin­ish the mir­ror caps, side strakes, door han­dles, tail-light sur­rounds and even the badges in car­bon fi­bre.

De­spite the ex­ten­sive use of the light­weight ma­te­rial, As­ton Martin quotes an of­fi­cial kerb­weight at 1,990kg – iden­ti­cal to that of the Rapide S.

Fur­ther styling changes in­clude a re­shaped grille filled with black mesh, and a new bumper that houses a pair of round LED day­time run­ning lights in­spired by the Van­quish Za­gato. In a first for As­ton Martin, the AMR gets 21-inch

AMR model can hit 205mph 6.0-litre V12 packs 595bhp

MEAN AND GREEN Sig­na­ture paint fin­ish fea­tures green ac­cents as a nod to As­ton’s race team

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