Aston Martin Racing cooks up superhot 463kW Rapide

Aston Martin Rapide AMR

Each vehicle will come with a numbered inspection plaque (just 210 will be built) and AMR-branded carbon-fibre sill plates.

Aston Martin has given its four-door coupe a 580 horsepower makeover, with the Rapide AMR giving Porsche, Mercedes-AMG, and others some serious side-eye. The new bonnet with large ventilation inserts is also made from carbon fibre to minimise weight.

Previewed in a concept previous year, the production version is described by Andy Palmer as taking the model "to new and exciting extremes".

The Rapide AMR's naturally aspirated 5,9-litre V12 has been massaged to deliver 444 kW and 630 N.m (up from the standard 410 kW and 620 N.m in the Rapide S), while the British brand says a new quad exhaust system ensures "a raucous sound befitting of the AMR badge".

Regardless of the region, however, all Rapide AMRs produce the same 630Nm of torque.

The increase in power is achieved by enhanced airflow to the engine as a result of larger inlet manifolds as well as new engine and gearbox calibration.

This allows the auto to launch from 0-60mph in just 4.2 seconds (0-62mph in 4.4 seconds) and on to a top speed of 205mph. The forged multi-spokes have been created to be not only stiff but allow plenty of air to flow through, helping keep the brakes cooling.

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Carbon-ceramic brakes measuring 400 mm up front (with six-piston callipers) and 360 mm at the rear (with four-piston callipers) ship standard, while the new Rapide AMR rides 10 mm lower than the Rapide S, employing "thoroughly re-engineered" three-stage adaptive dampers.

Aston says the resulting auto, with the significant changes to the aerodynamics, brakes and suspension, is "more focused, agile and dynamic". The sedan has the modified brake ducts and dust shields from the Vanquish S that help cooling, according to the company. Much of this development work has been completed at the newly opened AMR Performance Centre at the Nürburgring.

It'll be available in three standard liveries: Standard, Silhouette and Signature. The Standard and Silhouette schemes offer four colours - Mariana Blue, Scintilla Silver, Lightning Silver and Onyx Black - with the Standard scheme adding AMR Lime accents to the splitter, sills and rear diffuser. Silhouette adds a full-length contrasting stripe in either China Grey or Clubsport White.

These design schemes are reflected on the interior as well, available with either AMR Lime or Galena Silver welting and stitching.

A One-77 style steering wheel is an option, and customers will also be able to use the bespoke Q by Aston Martin trim shop to further customise make their cars. Every vehicle has discrete AMR logos stitched into the seats in Galena Silver and each auto will come with a limited-edition AMR inspection plaque as well as AMR branding on the carbon sill plaques.

Pricing for the Rapide AMR starts at £194,950 ($344,219) in the United Kingdom and US$240,000 ($316,860) in North America.

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