Unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the Aston Martin Rapide AMR (Aston Martin Racing) concept seemed to signal the impending end of the line for the British marque’s so-called four-door coupe—it would be a glorious sendoff for a model first introduced in 2010. When the production version of this super-tourer emerged the following year, it did not disappoint. Limited to just 210 examples, the Rapide AMR is many ways quite unlike any Rapide that preceded it: With great ingenuity, the team at Aston Martin hand-selected a list of styling cues and mechanical elements from track-focused models within the marque’s range and created the most ridiculous four-doored machine ever assembled in Gaydon.
The aluminum-bodied Rapide AMR utilizes Aston Martin’s 5.9-liter naturally aspirated V-12 engine, but its performance is here improved by boost mapping borrowed from the marque’s GT-division race platform (an upgrade also found in the limited road-going Vantage GT12). Paired with an intake system first employed on the Vanquish S, the AMR’s unique powerplant is reported to provide a gut wrenching 595 horsepower channeled through a remapped ZF “Touchtronic III” eight-speed automatic transmission. The 4,387-lb sedan rockets past the 60 mph threshold in 4.2 seconds of fury, and though top speed is electronically governed to 185 mph, the chassis is reportedly quite comfortable at 210 mph.
Standard rear-wheel-drive, a limited slip differential, and a carbon ceramic brake system (also pulled from the GT race car) all communicate synchronously with a bevy of traction control programs to ensure that the occupants of this super sedan exclaim screams of joy, not terror, under full power.
Within a cockpit where nearly every surface is bedecked in plush leather piping, carbon fiber, and matte alcantara, the Rapide AMR is a surprisingly refined experience compared to cars with similar performance capabilities. Occupants are restrained by heavily bolstered and beautifully trimmed power adjustable sport seats using standard seat belts—no five-point racing harnesses here—and fixed-back buckets. The simplicity of the car’s control interface and its streamlined “waterfall” center console pairs perfectly with the lavish materials use, helping give the cockpit the look of a track-ready racer (sans roll cage and HANS device, or course).
Carbon bodywork is in no short supply, with exterior aerodynamic elements and decorative trim improving the styling and performance of the AMR in equal measure throughout. One of the Rapide AMR’s signature exterior features, however, aside from the exclusive 21-inch forged alloy wheels and revised front grille, is undoubtedly the neon trim striping featured prominently in all contemporary marketing.
What makes this particular chassis particularly rare and intriguing is its “stripe delete” option; its aesthetic is more poised and reserved than most of the other 209 examples produced. Additional refined options include a Bang & Olufsen BeoSound emerging from the alcantara door panels and upper dash and a leather steering wheel drawn from the limited-run One-77. Finished in Scintilla Silver over a sumptuous Obsidian black interior (also devoid of the standard neon trim), this unique and desirably specified super sedan is offered with less than 300 miles from new.
This vehicle is one of many automobiles offered in RM Sotheby’s Open Roads, North America sale taking place 23-30 July.