The Rapide AMR will be the first car to come from Aston’s high-performance arm when it arrives on roads in the final quarter of 2018. Just 210 units are to be produced to match the car’s 210mph top speed.
A development car has been spotted testing at the Nürburgring wearing a larger rear diffuser, taller rear wing and more prominent diffuser, showing that the production car will retain most of the parts previewed by the Rapide AMR concept of 2017.
Inside, the production car is expected to follow the concept and feature an extensive amount of carbonfibre trim, as well as lightweight seats.
These changes will be accompanied by more power from the car’s naturally aspirated V12 engine. In the Rapide S, the 5.9-litre unit provides the rear wheels with 545bhp; the AMR version will offer 595bhp.
The engine is essentially the same as the one in the GT12 version of the previous-generation Vantage. It breathes through a new quad exhaust system that will help to free up the flow of engine waste gases while also giving the V12 a racier tone.