At the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Aston Martin launched their new race-inspired performance division Aston Martin Racing (AMR) with one philosophy in mind – to bring road-going Aston Martin to new and exciting extremes.
Today, the newly established brand has presented their first ever AMR model to enter production, the Aston Martin Vantage AMR. Only 300 of these bad boys will be produced – 100 V12s and 200 V8s.
Be that as it may, the Vantage AMR sits at AMR’s entry level range. Like on the standard models, the 4.7-litre V8 produces 430 hp while the larger 5.9-litre V12 lump gets massaged to dish out 595 hp (up from 565 hp). As standard, both engines come with a seven-speed automated sequential manual transmissions with paddle shifters. For the purist, a six-speed manual can be had with the V8 while the V12 gets a seven-speed manual setup.
With the Vantage AMR, much of the design cues were inspired from Aston Martin’s race cars. Four exterior themes are available for the Vantage AMR: Stratus White with an Orange graphic, Ultramarine Black with Blue graphic, Zaffre Blue with Red graphic and Scintilla Silver with Grey graphic. Opt for the optional ‘Halo Pack’ and the car gets Stirling Green with vivid Lime Green accents to reflect the brand’s 2016 World Endurance Championship-winning #95 Vantage GTE.
Other exterior options include carbon fibre finish for the lightweight front grille, side strakes, lamp infills and mirror caps on the outside, instrument surround, door tops and door grabs on the inside. The V8 Vantage AMR gets a five-spoke alloy wheel design while the V12 Vantage AMR rides on lightweight 10-spoke alloy wheels. Both are available in three different finishes.
For the more hardcore of enthusiasts, the Vantage AMR can be specified with the AMR Aero Kit, developed in partnership with Aston Martin Race Team which adds carbon fibre front splitters, dive planes, side sills, fixed rear spoiler and forged aluminium alloy wheels. On the V12 variant, customers can opt for the AMR titanium exhaust which not only shed 14 kg over the stock exhaust but also heightens the aural sensation and sharpens engine response.
The Aston Martin Vantage AMR can be had in both Coupe and Roadster guises, with prices starting from £97,995 (RM532k) in UK and €126,995 (RM607k) in Europe. Good news is that the Vantage AMR is available for Asia Pacific markets.
With Aston Martin now officially represented in Malaysia, could we expect this limited-edition model to find its way here?