Aston Martin cars are elegant, luxurious and rather sporty. They have a rich heritage, making them characterful and desirable. Now Aston Martin is making a new breed of Aston – AMR range, inspired by racing cars. The first one to get the treatment, rather appropriately, is the Vantage. But what can be done with an already impressive sports car?
Aston Martin Vantage is probably the most sporty car in the usual automakers range, excluding limited edition models and one-offs. And it also goes racing quite a bit, usually in endurance races. So it does make sense that it is the first car to get the special AMR treatment, which is supposed to make it even more extreme and enjoyable to drive. However, only 300 lucky people are going to enjoy them as production of the Vantage AMR is limited to 200 V8 models and just a 100 of V12’s.
V8 powered cars are going to have 430 bhp, while V12 is going to provide 565 bhp for the driver’s enjoyment. Probably most people are going to opt for the standard automated sequential manual paddle-shift transmission, but there is manual option for the purist – six speed for the V8 and seven speed for V12. We can imagine it is quite something to drive such an extreme car with a traditional manual gearbox.
The design of the car is always important when you’re looking for an Aston Martin. Vantage AMR looks mostly like a standard car, but it has graphic stretching from the bonnet, over the roof and onto the tail. Customers will find a choice of four exterior schemes only – Stratus White with an Orange graphic; Ultramarine Black with Blue graphic; Zaffre Blue with Red graphic and Scintilla Silver with Grey graphic. Each of them is matched to a particular interior scheme. Interior is crafted from leather and Alcantara or just leather, if customers go for the roadster version.
Buyers will have lots of fun searching through personalization options. They can go for carbon fibre seats, three different finishes for the alloy wheels, and a number of carbon elements, including a lightweight front grille, side strakes, lamp infills and mirror caps on the outside, instrument surround, door tops and door grabs on the inside. It is really a special car, aiming to make the driver feel special as well.
Aston Martin President and CEO, Dr Andy Palmer said: “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”. Aston Martin hopes that people are going to drive these cars and not just consider them collectibles.
Do you want to know how much it’s going to set you back? In UK – somewhere from £97,995, in Germany price starts at €126,995. If you do decide to buy one, you’re going to get it fairly soon – deliveries are going to start in the last quarter of 2017.
Aston Martin Vantage AMR looks good, is inspired by racing history of the company and should be pretty exciting with a manual gearbox – what’s not to like?
Source: Aston Martin
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