Aston Martin is Just Getting Started with Mid-Engine Sports Cars

Aston Martin confirmed the car's new name during the Geneva Motor Show.

Only 210 units of the Aston Martin Rapide AMR will be made, something that will add to the exclusivity of the high-performance vehicle. Aston Martin describes it as a Formula One vehicle for the road and its mid-engined powertrain combines a 6.5-litre V12 Cosworth unit to a KERS energy-recovery system developed straight from those on F1 cars, is still under development.

How many of each model will be made? The paint scheme is accented by a number of gloss, satin twill, and forged carbon fiber details, which includes the addition of a new front splitter, side sills, rear diffuser, and even door mirrors.

Featuring a 6L V12 engine, this Rapide will run off a larger quad-exit exhaust, giving it a top speed of a blistering 210mph. Only seven examples of the Vantage AMR Pro will be built.

Outside, new 19x9.5in front and 19x11.5in rear center lock wheels are found wrapped in Michelin Pilot Cup 2 enable it to put the power down.

Plenty of exterior upgrades are coupled with a carbon-fibre rich interior, fitted with Alcantara upholstery and a bespoke roll cage. 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.

"It's the two worlds colliding, but in a very luxurious way, that's the difference we bring to it.", said Aston Martin chief designer Miles Nurnberger. "With enhanced performance, sharper dynamics and more powerful design language, AMR takes Aston Martin's road cars to new and exciting extremes".

Mercedes' AMG and BMW's M are brands that are well-known for creating high-performance models of standard cars.

Aston says that AMR will eventually be extended to all other models in the future, as the brand is keen to affirm its reputation as a credible maker of supercars.

Palmer added that creation of the AMR division will serve as the flawless platform in realizing that vision.

  • Arturo Norris