Aston Martin rolls out Vantage-based AMR special editions

Two stickers-and-stripes specials will be the first AMR models to hit the road - available in both V8 and V12 form

Aston Martin first gave us a look at its new AMR sub-brand back in Geneva this year with a couple of pretty extreme concepts. Now, the British marque has finally revealed a couple of production models bearing the AMR badge.

Abbreviated from Aston Martin Racing, future cars due to inherit the badge are to be split into two tiers, the first being production car based and consisting of mostly aesthetic upgrades. The second will be built via Aston Martin’s Q brand, and will be more specialised and in keeping with the concepts we saw in Geneva.

For the moment though, Aston Martin has revealed two Vantage based models based on the V8 and V12 respectively. The first V8 model will utilise the same 430bhp 4.7-litre V8 as the standard V8 Vantage S, connected to either the 7-speed single clutch semi-automatic gearbox, or (thankfully) a six-speed manual.

The V12 does include a subtle power upgrade, offering a total of 595bhp – up from 565bhp – via the glorious naturally aspirated 6.0-litre V12 engine, offered with the V12's 7-speed manual, or single clutch semi-automatic options.

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. AMR also offer a ‘Halo Pack’ taking direct inspiration from Aston Martin’s 2016 WEC race car, donning a Stirling Green paint with Lime accents, similar to the concept models seen at Geneva.

For those wanting to make either of these models a little more extreme, Aston Martin will also offer a variety of optional styling packages, the most distinct being the ‘Aero Pack’ which offers up a carbon rear wing, redesigned sills, dive planes and an aggressive splitter on the front bumper and a distinct mesh grill. Along with these additions, optional 20-inch forged wheels complete the aesthetic package and are based off those seen on the Geneva concept.

These AMR models are available in both coupe and roadster form, and are limited to 200 V8 units and 100 V12s. Priced from £97,995 for the basic V8 coupe, deliveries are due to commence in the last quarter of this year.

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