Watch out for limited edition Aston Martin Vantage AMR at the 24 Hours of Le Mans

Article by Christian A., on June 16, 2017

Two months ago, the premium British automaker Aston Martin gave us their new AMR line-up with a pair of rare super cars, unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show back in March. The first vehicle was a slightly updated Rapide christened as the Rapide AMR, and the other vehicle was a track-focused Vantage with a race-car copied V8 named the Vantage AMR Pro. Now the British marque will add another super car to that line-up that will be called the Vantage AMR sans the Pro part that will get a racy body with an array of carbon fiber parts.

The staff of Aston Martin will provide customers with an option to avail of the Vantage AMR with one of the following exterior two-tone schemes namely Scintilla Silver with Grey, Ultramarine Black with Blue, Stratus White with Orange and Zaffre Blue with Red. Aside from the color options mentioned, you can also opt for the "Halo Pack" that includes a combination of Stirling Green paint with bright Lime Green accents in the fashion as the WEC-winning #95 Vantage GTE of last year.

This race-car inspired set can be yours with the Union Jack-glazed AML wings badge, but no worries as there will be no additional cost for this. For the interior, there are a lot of configurations to be offered but these will specifically depend on the exterior's aesthetic. All of these models will be fitted with premium carbon fiber seats and a combination of leather and Alcantara made especially for the coupes. Meanwhile, the roadsters will flaunt an all-leather finish.

Moreover, the Halo Pack will also liven up the interior due to its Lime Green welts and accents. Andy Palmer, Aston Martin CEO, said that the Vantage has been an awesome success for the German marque in its V8 and V12 forms. He further commented that the Vantage is their most agile and athletic road car as well as their long-time rep in the GT racing world.

The British marque will only produce 300 cars, and 100 of the vehicles will be equipped with the V12 engine update that gave it a 30hp boost to an impressive 595hp, whereas the other 200 vehicles will have the V8 that can produce 430hp. Both V12 and V8 naturally aspirated engines will be paired to an automated sequential manual gearbox or perhaps a 6 to 7-speed manual.

For those customers who are seeking more customizations for the Vantage AMR, Aston Martin is glad to offer them extra novelties including a carbon fiber aerodynamic body kit for the coupe together with forged aluminium wheels and titanium exhaust shaving that is lighter by 31 lbs (14kg) compared to the Vantage V12's stock exhaust.

Aston Martin Vantage AMR will only be offered in select countries, and it will bear the price tag of £97,995 in UK and €126,995 in Germany. Deliveries of the sports car will start in the 4th quarter of this year. Don’t forget to check out the Vantage AMR this weekend at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Press Release

VANTAGE AMR – THE FIRST OF A FIERCE NEW BREED

The Vantage name has long been synonymous with more extreme performance Aston Martins since the 1950s, so it’s entirely appropriate that the Vantage AMR should be the first series production derivative of Aston Martin’s new race-inspired performance range.

Launched at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, AMR amplifies and accentuates the sporting prowess of the British marque’s road cars, by taking inspiration or direct influence from Aston Martin Racing’s participation in the FIA World Endurance Championship; a series with which the marque tasted world championship success with factory drivers Nicki Thiim and Marco Sørensen just last season.

The AMR brand has two distinct tiers. Series production limited-edition models such as the new Vantage AMR sit at its entry point, while extreme and extensively modified AMR Pro models, created by Q by Aston Martin Advanced Operations, sit at the pinnacle of the range, including the exclusive Vantage AMR Pro unveiled at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.

As you would expect, the Vantage AMR stays true to Aston Martin’s passion of offering cars with sharpened looks to match their vivid performance and vibrant character. A celebration of Aston Martin’s worldwide success across GT4, GT3 and GTE categories, the Vantage AMRs are offered both with 430bhp V8 or 595bhp1 – up from 565bhp – V12 powertrain options.

Both engines are fitted with automated sequential manual paddle-shift transmissions, or for the purist, six and seven-speed manual gearboxes in the V8 and V12 Vantage AMRs respectively.

Vantage AMR is available in four striking AMR exterior schemes: Stratus White with an Orange graphic; Ultramarine Black with Blue graphic; Zaffre Blue with Red graphic; and Scintilla Silver with Grey graphic.

In addition, the AMR ‘Halo Pack’ takes direct inspiration from Aston Martin Racing’s 2016 World Endurance Championship-winning #95 Vantage GTE, working a combination of Stirling Green paint and vivid Lime Green accents to dramatic effect. As a finishing touch, a special Union Jack-enameled AML wings badge, previously featured on last year’s GTE racer, is available as a no-cost option.

Each of the exterior schemes is matched to a different interior scheme that demonstrates Aston Martin’s mastery of materials and hand-craftsmanship to perfection. With a combination of leather and Alcantara for the Vantage AMR Coupes and all-leather for the Vantage AMR Roadsters, each interior scheme has been carefully chosen to compliment the exterior colours. In keeping with its exterior the Halo Pack features boldly contrasting colours, including Lime Green welts and accents.

Lightweight carbon fibre seats are offered as part of the extensive range of interior and exterior options. These include a suite of other carbon fibre features, 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. There is also a choice of three different finishes for the V8 Vantage AMR’s 5-spoke alloy wheels and the V12 Vantage AMR’s lightweight 10-spoke alloy wheels.

For those who wish to add further finishing touches and personalisation, the Vantage AMR can be specified with additional options from the new AMR Accessories range. The most dramatic of these is the AMR Aero Kit. Produced in partnership with Aston Martin Racing, the extensive aerodynamic package for coupe models is constructed from carbon fibre and features front splitter and dive planes, plus side sills and a fixed rear spoiler. 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. Further weight savings can be made with the AMR titanium exhaust, which saves 14kg over the standard V12 Vantage system, sounds sensational and helps to sharpen engine response.

Aston Martin President and CEO, Dr Andy Palmer, said of the Vantage AMR: “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.”

Both V8 and V12 Vantage AMR models are available in both Coupe and Roadster body styles in selected markets2, with recommended retail prices starting from £97,995 in the UK and €126,995 in Germany. Deliveries are scheduled to commence in Q4 2017.

Both Vantage AMR models will be on display at this weekend’s 85th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, as Aston Martin Racing returns to the Circuit de la Sarthe in search of GTE class victory.

Source: Aston Martin

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