Fresh out of the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Aston Martin presents a new offshoot to its brand, the AMR (Aston Martin Racing) range, and debuts two cars in the new range- the Rapide AMR and Vantage AMR Pro.
More than just the car of choice for Mr James Bond, Aston Martin has also proven itself in track. From its motorsport debut in the 1923 French GP to winning the Le Mans 24 hour race in 1959 with the DBR1, Aston Martin vehicles can be seen chasing the chequered flag in historic races such as the Le Mans, the World Endurance Championships and in Nürburgring. The AMR range is a reflection of the brands strong racing heritage, taking both the technology and the design inspiration from its motorsports arm to the road. With enhanced performance, sharper dynamics and a more aggressive design language, the AMR brings Aston Martin's road cars to new and exciting extremes.
A striking presence at the Aston Martin booth in Geneva, the Rapide AMR provides a dynamic and visual blueprint for future AMR models, and will serve as the foundation of the AMR range for years to come. Featuring a 600PS version of Aston Martin's 6 litre V12 engine, it is the world's fastest four-door sportscar, capable of a speed of 210MPH. Clad in the AMR signature Stirling Green with lime green accents, the Rapide AMR rides on new alloy wheels, reminding us that with the AMR range, Aston Martin has not left anything to chance.
On the other hand, the Vantage AMR Pro presents the other end of the AMR spectrum. An extreme, track-only expression of performance, the Vantage AMR is powered by a 507PS edition of the GT4 engine, making it the most powerful V8 Vantage ever. The Aston Martin design team has created a new bumper for the Vantage AMR, that incorporates a bold full-height front grille, front fenders and a revised rear diffuser. The racing theme continues within, and passenger and driver alike will be blown away by the liberal use of carbon fibre and the lavish Dark Knight Alcantara upholstery. The result is a Vantage that looks as good as it drives.
Aston Martin’s President and CEO Dr. Andy Palmer, was quick to confirm that both the Rapide AMR and Vantage AMR Pro concepts are set for production: “As passionate enthusiasts of Aston Martin’s competition pedigree, AMR is something we have wanted to bring to fruition for some time. Cars such as the Vantage GT8 and Vantage GT12 confirmed that our customers love raw, race-bred models, but we also knew there was an opportunity to create cars that offer a sharper performance focus but stop short of those truly hardcore, special series models. With the AMR brand we have the perfect platform to deliver both."
At the moment, the Vantage AMR Pro will be available in a limited series of no more than 7 cars and the Rapide will have a run of only 210 cars. However, this marks the beginning of something exciting from Aston Martin, that will eventually see an AMR version of every model in the Aston Martin range.