Every limited edition of an Aston Martin has elicited huge customer demand over the last few years. Aston Martin has recognized this and to show their appreciation, the automaker has formed a new sub-brand tasked with developing performance variations of all the automaker’s core models. Starting the list of models that will get the AMR treatment is the Rapide sedan and the Vantage, which will be known as the Rapide AMR and Vantage AMR respectively. These models were unveiled recently at the Geneva Auto Show. They will go on sale late this year and early next year as 2018 models. The Rapide AMR is reviewed separately; this article focuses on the track-focused 2018 Aston Martin Vantage AMR Pro.
AMR models have adopted a distinctive design language that sets them apart from their regular counterparts. The design language is complemented by technologies of the GT racecar.
Exterior and Interior
The 2018 Aston Martin Vantage AMR Pro is a very aggressive version of the V8 Vantage GTE. The model is so extreme that it will only be track-focused. The Vantage AMR Pro, however, wears the same insignia as the Rapide AMR. It also features a full-height grille as well as bespoke bumpers and a rear diffuser. The coupe, however, features the same engine hood and a rear wing similar to the V8 Vantage GTE racecar. Its center-locking 19-inch alloy wheels are covered in Michelin Pilot Cup 2 rubber.
On the inside, the Vantage AMR features a similar styling as the Rapide AMR. The model’s shell-style bucket seats are wrapped in Dark Knight Alcantara and feature a lime green accenting. The cabin also uses carbon-fiber unsparingly. The Vantage AMR cabin is also fitted with a standard racing roll cage to enhance the safety of the driver when racing at the tracks.
Engine and performance
Under the hood, Aston Martin has replaced the 4.7 L, V-8 on the standard Vantage with a new mill. The engine is sourced from the AMR GT4 racer. The unit is also a 4.7 L, V-8 that cranks out 500 horses, hp more than the standard engine. This means the Vantage AMR is the most powerful Aston Martin Vantage ever produced. The automaker did not release performance figures during the launch but as you would bet, it will post way better figures than the standard Vantage.
Price and release date
Aston Martin is yet to announce official release date or price of the Vantage AMR. However, the models are likely to be delivered to buyers starting the fourth quarter of this year. The Vantage AMR Pro will be very rare as only 7 units will be produced which I bet have already sold out.
The automaker also took advantage of the Geneva event to announce that it has collaborated with Red Bull Racing to develop a hypercar that will be known as the “Valkyrie”. This beast will be powered by a naturally aspirated 6.5 L, V-12 engine good for a whopping 900 horses. There will be 150 street-focused models and 25 track-oriented models of the Valkyrie.