Four-door fury: Meet the 444 kW Aston Martin Rapide AMR

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Each vehicle will come with a numbered inspection plaque (just 210 will be built) and AMR-branded carbon-fibre sill plates. At the heart of the matter is the Rapide's six-litre naturally aspirated V12, tweaked with upgrades from the Vantage GT12 that include larger inlet manifolds with tuned length dual inlet runners, an authoritative quad exhaust system (AMR unashamedly describes it as "raucous") and revised engine and gearbox calibration to deliver a claimed 463kW and 630Nm.

The result is 603 PS at 7,000 rpm and 630 Nm of torque, all of which goes to the rear wheels with the help of a limited-slip differential.

"With enhanced performance, sharper dynamics and more powerful design language, Aston Martin has taken Rapide to new and exciting extremes".

In a first for Aston Martin, the AMR gets 21-inch forged wheels. The Signature trim channels the factory racing livery in dark green with lime green accents and stripe.

Visually, the auto looks largely identical to the concept from Geneva, with a detailed front grille and circular daytime running lights that are Zagato-inspired. To lend credence to the talk of motorsport influence and create what should be the most dynamic Rapide yet, the AMR receives new and more aero-efficient bodywork (splitter, sills, rear diffuser), carbon ceramic brakes (400mm front discs, 360mm rear) and Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres.

The auto comes with carbon ceramic brakes as standard with four-piston calipers and revised suspension. Aerodynamic components like the splitter, sills, rear diffuser, ventilated bonnet and boot lid lip spoiler are all made of carbon-fibre. Standard offers buyers the choice between four colours - Mariana Blue, Scintilla Silver, Lightning Silver and Onyx Black - with Lime accents, while Silhouette retains the same colour choice but swaps the Lime highlights for a full-length contrast stripe in either China Grey or Clubsport White.

At a company with a century-old racing heritage such as Aston Martin, the competition division assumes a greater importance in the scheme of things than it would at, say, Leyland Truck & Bus.

These design schemes are reflected on the interior as well, available with either AMR Lime or Galena Silver welting and stitching.

The full-length centre console comes in carbon fibre, seats are trimmed in Alcantara and each auto will come with a limited-edition AMR inspection plaque. Each vehicle comes with a unique AMR inspection plaque, plenty of AMR branding and carbon sill plaques.

Aston Martin's local arm has confirmed the Rapide AMR will be priced from $459,950 plus on-road costs. The vehicle will be available worldwide with the exception of China and Russian Federation, and customer deliveries are scheduled to start in the fourth quarter of 2018. Despite the extensive use of the lightweight material, Aston Martin states the official kerb weight at 1,990kg - identical to that of the Rapide S.

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