Aston Martin rolls out Vantage-based AMR special editions

Aston Martin rolls out Vantage-based AMR special editions

Aston Martin will launch a new range of cars under its newly-formed AMR banner.

Inside, the Vantage AMR has been kitted out with a combination of leather and Alcantara, while roadsters get a leather-only finish. The V8 model gets a six-speed transmission, while the V12 gets a seven-speed unit.

Available as a coupe or Volante, the Vantage AMR comes with the 432bhp V8 or the V12 with added power (up from 565bhp to 595bhp) with either a manual or flappy paddle gearbox.

Unlike nearly all high-powered sportscar makers who are going auto-only to handle ever-increasing outputs, Aston is sticking to its traditional roots and offering all Vantage AMRs with a choice of auto or manual transmissions - six-speed for the V8 or a seven-cog for the V12. Hence, it was deemed to be the first to undergo production of AMR. If performance is your bag, there's an additional aero kit with a front splitter and dive planes, side sills and a fixed rear spoiler, all made from carbonfibre. Another highlight is the optional forged aluminium AMR Vantage wheel, which mimics the design of the wheels fitted to the Vantage AMR Pro Concept shown at Geneva. In keeping with its exterior the Halo Pack features boldly contrasting colours, including Lime Green welts and accents. A set of lightweight carbon fiber bucket seats is on the options list, too.

The pair represent road-biased but higher-performance versions of the popular sports vehicle siblings, with special materials, colours and even a range of dedicated accessories, because matching luggage, helmets and action cameras are apparently what Aston Martin buyers want.

But the AMR package is really about aesthetics, so both versions are to offered in four exterior "schemes", each with corresponding graphics and interior trim packages. The current Vantage flagship costs $354,300 for the V12 Vantage S Coupe or $254,200 for the equivalent V8.

Coupe and Roadster versions of both will be available when deliveries start in late 2017, and prices start at £97,995. As our most agile and athletic road vehicle, and our long-time representative in the world of GT racing, it is the flawless model with which to introduce the exciting AMR range.

Aston Martin has turned to its motorsport arm to send its outgoing Vantage model off in style. "Unmistakable in look and feel, the Vantage AMR will appeal to our most enthusiastic customers".

V8 available in UK, EU, Asia Pacific and China / V12 available in UK, EU, Asia Pacific, China and Middle East.

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