Aston Martin Readies 210-mph Rapide Sedan

April 16, 2018 at 10:13 AM

Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd.’s. new AMR performance sub-brand will launch its version of the luxury carmaker’s Rapide S sedan in the fourth quarter.

The supercar gets a souped-up version of Aston Martin’s 5.9-liter V-12 engine. Output in the AMR version is bumped 9% to 595 hp, which cuts the car’s zero to 62 mph acceleration time by 0.4 seconds to just over four seconds.

Top speed has been raised to 210 mph, compared with 200 mph for the base Rapide S. Production of the vehicle will be limited to 210 units to reflect its performance.

Spy photographers captured the AMR Rapide S being tested this month on Germany’s famed Nurburgring circuit. The test car retains the look of last year’s Rapide AMR concept car, including that vehicle rear’s large diffuser and wing. Likewise, the interior is expected to get the concept’s lightweight seats and extensive use of carbon fiber trim.

A revised chassis layout also is in the works to enhance the car’s handling and overall driving dynamics. Aston Martin promises the vehicle will be the “most thrilling” sedan in the market.

To date, AMR has focused on track-oriented models such as the Vulcan AMR. The Rapide S and Vantage sports car are the first street models to get the AMR treatment.