At the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Aston Martin introduced a new line of performance vehicles. The AMR badge, for Aston Martin Racing, promises track-honed upgrades for every vehicle in the Aston lineup, and the line kicks off with a track-only Vantage and a 210-mph Rapide.
Aston calls the Vantage AMR Pro "an extreme, track-only expression of performance and the ultimate iteration of the Vantage." With a 503-horsepower version of the 4.7-liter V8 from Aston's GT4 race car and a fully adjustable suspension, this trackday Vantage rides on 19-inch centerlock wheels and Michelin Pilot Cup 2 tires. The updated styling and aggressive aerodynamic features and built-in roll cage point this out as a track-only machine. Only seven examples of the Vantage AMR Pro will be built.
Fancy something you can put a license plate on? The Rapide AMR wears the same Stirling Green paint with lime green accents featured on the Vantage AMR Pro, and brings the performance upgrades to back up the looks. A 592-horsepower 6.0-liter naturally-aspirated V12 provides enough grunt to push the Rapide AMR to 210 mph, making this the world's fastest four door—handily beating the previous record holder, , by six mph. The necessary additions of aerodynamic features, carbon fiber doodads, and unique 21-inch wheels justify the exclusiveness of this limited-run sedan, of which just 210 examples will be built.
"They are the start of something very exciting—a program that will eventually see an AMR version of every model in the Aston Martin range," CEO Andy Palmer said at Geneva.