Aston Martin Rapide AMR: new tricks from an old dog
The Aston Martin Rapide AMR will take your breath away.
Aston Martin's Rapide AMR will take your breath away. Sarah Moore reports
This is the "last hurrah" for Aston Martin's 6.0-litre, naturally aspirated V12 engine, and for the petrol-powered Rapide, says Alex Goy in The Daily Telegraph. On the newest iteration, the engine has been given a "power boost", meaning it can now achieve a "staggering" 595bhp and 465lb ft of torque. "In a hurry, with a raucous V12 at full chat, the car surges forward at a pace so brisk your breath takes a break en route to your lungs." Thankfully, the Rapide AMR is also "immensely grippy", says Goy. "All of its power meets the road via the rear wheels, and unless you turn the traction control fully off and nail the throttle, it manages to keep traction and fire you off into the distance with glee."
Visually, the Rapide's svelte look has also been worked over, says Gallagher. This model comes with a new carbon fibre bonnet with additional cooling vents for the V12, a front spoiler, rear diffuser and side sills, and a lip spoiler for the boot. Unfortunately, there's still not a lot of space in the back: "if you have been blessed with the gift of a head and/or are more than four feet tall, this will be a no-go zone", says Groves. Overall, "it's big, has the outward visibility of a submarine and is a bit OTT". However, "this old dog still has some new tricks to show the sniggering, digital-obsessed, emissions-regulated millennial sports cars out there".
Price: £194,950 Engine: 5,935cc V12 Power: 595bhp at 7,000rpm Torque: 465lb ft Top speed: 205mph 0-62mph: 4.8 seconds