Aston Martin’s newly-created AMR performance sub-brand has launched its first series production derivative – the Vantage AMR.
Inspired by the FIA World Endurance Championship winning V8 Vantage GTE, the race-inspired model will see production limited to just 300 units – 100 with a 595 bhp V12 engine and 200 with a 430 bhp V8.
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.
Externally, the car can be specified with an optional carbon-fibre aero kit that comprises a front splitter, dive planes, side sills and fixed rear spoiler. There’s also an optional forged aluminium 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 14 kg over the standard V12 Vantage system.
In addition, the AMR ‘Halo Pack’ gets a combination of “Stirling Green” paint and “Lime Green” accents, as well as a special Union Jack-enameled AML wings badge, previously featured on last year’s GTE racer.
Launched at the Geneva motor show earlier this year, the AMR sub-brand aims to make road cars that are both technically and aesthetically influenced from Aston Martin Racing’s participation in the WEC; a series with which the marque tasted world championship success with factory drivers Nicki Thiim and Marco Sørensen just last season.
Operationally, the AMR division 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.