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Aston Martin reveals latest limited edition

Aston Martin has unveiled the all-new Rapide AMR 2018, a production version of the concept auto revealed at the Geneva Motor Show 2017.

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

Power gains aside, the Rapide AMR has also been made to be a more dynamic and agile vehicle in the corners.

The Rapide AMR sprints from 0-100km/h in the same 4.4 seconds as the Rapide S, and has a claimed top speed of 330km/h - not bad for a 1990kg luxury barge.

To harness all that power, the vehicle it sits on 21-inch alloy wheels, which help with brake cooling, with ultra-high performance Michelin Super Sport tyres.

In a first for Aston Martin, the AMR gets 21-inch forged wheels. The rear discs measure 360mm and have four-piston calipers.

The Rapide AMR's styling has changed very little from the concept that was shown at the 2017 Geneva motor show, its large grille echoing the track-only Vantage AMR Pro and circular daytime running lights recalling recent Zagato models. Ride height has dropped 10mm compared to the S, while the three stage adaptive dampers have been returned to match.

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Aston Martin has tuned the car's dynamics to reduce lift while retaining a neutral balance and the extra aerodynamic bodywork such as the splitter, sills, rear diffuser and boot lid lip spoiler are all carbon fibre. "Standard" and "Silhouette" schemes come in a choice of four colours: Mariana Blue, Scintilla Silver, Lightning Silver and Onyx Black.

The Silhouette does without the lime, instead getting a full-length stripe available in either grey or white.

This draws the closest visual link to the Aston Martin Racing team and the liveries of its race cars.

Inside the vehicle, the chosen exterior scheme is reflected on the inside with either AMR Lime or Galena Silver wearing and stitching. A full-length carbon-fibre centre console and Alcantara-trimmed seats reinforce the car's sporty persona - both firsts for a Rapide. Every example features AMR logos stitched into the front perches, a limited-edition AMR inspection plaque and AMR branding on the carbon sill plates.

Speaking of paying, the Rapide AMR will be priced at 194,950 pounds (RM1,040,366) in the United Kingdom, US$240,000 (RM958,920) in the United States and 229,950 euros (RM1,078,010) in Germany. Optionally available for the full race auto experience are carbon paddle shifters, a One-77 steering wheel and, er, an umbrella. It will be "available globally", though China and Russian Federation are set to miss out.

Aston Martin's local arm has confirmed the Rapide AMR will be priced from $459,950 plus on-road costs.

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