Due out this winter, it’s the most extreme four-door car the British brand has ever made.
There are plenty of new things to love about the track-ready sedan that Aston Martin has announced it will start making later this year.
The Aston Martin Rapide AMR is lower, more powerful, and throatier than its racing stripe-less counterparts. At $240,000, it’s quite a bit pricier, too.
This is the production version of the concept we saw last year at the Geneva Motor Show—the highest-tuned version of that four-door Brit, with back seats so small they would serve as an excellent interrogation space. (They’re not quite torture, but they’re uncomfortable enough to make a person question choices.)
The Rapide AMR follows the debut of the DB11 AMR and is meant to bridge the gap between the company’s successful racing team and its roadgoing cars. It’s 580bhp V12 engine has 28 more bhp than the base Rapide. It sits slightly lower, and is tuned tighter; if you took it to a track, you would notice the difference.
But when a standard-issue Rapide S costs $205,000, looks more like something its most famous owner, James Bond, would drive, and gets you to 60 mils per hour in exactly the same 4.2-second sprint time, is the extra thrust on the Aston Martin Racing version worth the additional coin?