Gaydon has been making the Rapide for eight years now with continuous updates to keep things interesting, but nearing the end of the car’s life run, Aston Martin has decided to come up with the biggest overhaul yet.
The car’s signature naturally-aspirated V12 however, stays intact, which makes the new 2019 Rapide AMR one of the last available luxury sports saloons to come powered by a free-breathing engine.
This means the Rapide AMR doesn’t adopt Aston Martin’s new in-house twin-turbocharged V12 and instead retains the 6.0-litre now outputting 603 horsepower and 630Nm of torque. This is good for zero to 100kph in 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 330kph, so it’s as elusive as it is exclusive — Aston Martin will only be making 210 examples of the Rapide AMR, each with 21in wheels and carbon ceramic brakes, and available in three different design schemes.
The new updated styling is meant to more closely resemble the new Vantage sportscar while the circular daytime running lights come inspired by Aston Martin’s Zagato models. More highlights include carbon fibre splitter, sills, rear diffuser and boot lid spoiler, as well as a lightweight and vented carbon fibre bonnet.
Riding 10mm lower then the Rapide S, the AMR model features a reworked adaptive suspension system that was honed at the company’s Nürburgring Nordschleife development centre. The Brits promise a more agile car all around, with first customer deliveries beginning by the end of the year and prices starting from the Dh900,000 region.
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