Special edition AMR road cars will be inspired by the WEC-winning V8 Vantage GTE, and offered in both V8 and V12 Vantage form.
The Aston Martin Vantage AMR – available in V8 and V12 form – is the first of the new race-inspired Astons from AMR, a new department launched at the Geneva motor show earlier in the year to celebrate the company’s racing history.
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Vantage AMR features is limited to 300 units, split between 100 595bhp V12 models and 200 430bhp V8s. Both come with the automated sequential manual paddle-shift transmission as standard, but can be optioned with six or seven-speed manual transmission. Both models are available in coupe or Volante form.
Despite the AMR’s extreme exterior looks, these aren’t stripped out racers – it’s mainly about the looks. Four colours are offered in standard spec: Stratus White with an Orange graphic; Ultramarine Black with Blue graphic; Zaffre Blue with Red graphic; and Scintilla Silver with Grey graphic. Inside the AMR is fully trimmed in leather and Alcantara, with lightweight carbon fibre seats an option.
These ‘basic’ AMR models can also be supplemented with a Halo pack, which takes its inspiration from the 2016 World Endurance Championship-winning #95 Vantage GTE. This means Stirling Green paint and vivid Lime Green accents, as well as the no-cost option of Union-Flag enamel wing badges.
The option list is extensive, and includes many desirable, and often expensive goodies. You can spec carbon fibre parts throughout, from the front grille, side strakes, lamp infills and mirror caps right through to the door pulls inside. SEE RELATED: Aston Martin to build continuation DB4 GTs for racing
But it doesn’t stop there. To go a step further, you can also choose various parts from the new AMR accessories range – including a full aero kit, forged aluminium wheels and lightweight titanium exhaust.
Prices start from £97,995, with the first cars expected to arrive towards the end of 2017.
CEO, Dr Andy Palmer, commented: ‘It’s a real thrill to see our first AMR model go into production. The Vantage has been an incredible success for Aston Martin, both in V8 and V12 forms. As our most agile and athletic road car, and our long-time representative in the world of GT racing, it is the perfect model with which to introduce the exciting AMR range.
‘Unmistakable in look and feel the Vantage AMR will appeal to our most enthusiastic customers. These are people who love our cars for their motorsport pedigree, and for their unmistakable dynamic and emotional qualities. Limited production numbers will undoubtedly make them extremely collectible, but they’re so good to drive I’m confident we’ll see many of them being enjoyed both on the road and at track events around the world.’