Aston Martin is preparing a faster, more powerful Rapide under the AMR sub-brand, according to reports. And it sounds amazing.
This video captured a couple of days ago at the Nurburgring shows a Rapide development mule, complete with yellow AMR-spec detailing around the rear diffuser and exhausts, doing laps at the famous German testing ground.
The noise from the V12 is incredible, for one thing, and this will be a rare beast. Autocar writes that just 210 of the exclusive four-door grand tourers will be made; a reference to the car’s 210mph top speed.
A 50bhp increase bumps the 5.9-litre V12’s power to 595bhp and is mostly the same as the one that was crammed into the hardcore GT12 version of the old V12 Vantage. We’re told to expect a 0-62mph sprint of about four seconds and sharper handling to go with it.
This could also be the last hurrah for the legendary 5.9 V12 eargasm, with a blown 5.2-litre replacement already having debuted in the DB11. As this footage reminds us, the old boy will be missed.