Aston Martin says goodbye to Vantage with Le Mans tribute

Posted June 29, 2017

More aggressive than the standard Vantage, the AMR version will be offered with either V8 or V12 engines - rated at 430 hp and 595 hp, respectively, the latter borrowed from the Vantage GT12 and representing a 30-horse increase over the standard V12 Vantage S.

AMR, as many of you may know, stands for Aston Martin Racing.

Production versions of the new high-performance models are being shown in public for the first time at the Sarthe circuit and, even at prices starting from nearly £100,000, there are sure to be plenty of punters.

Aston Martin at March's 2017 Geneva auto show announced the new AMR performance sub-brand.

Other touches include an optional high-downforce aero kit, extensive carbon fibre accoutrements, forged aluminium wheels and a raucous titanium exhaust.

When Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing unveiled the concept model of the Valkyrie, there was not much known of the hypercar from the British carmaker.

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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.

Limited to a production run of just 300 cars, there will be 100 V12 engine models producing 586bhp and 200 V8 ones, producing 424bhp. Inspired by the company's entry in the FIA World Endurance Championship, the special edition gets a racy body with a plethora of carbon fibre bits and bobs. Now the company has launched the first auto from AMR range, Vantage AMR. The V12 also gets 10-spook lightweight alloys while the V8 has to make due with a regular 5-spoke design.

The AMR Accessories range offers customers the chance to further personalise their vehicle.

Each interior scheme has been carefully chosen to compliment the exterior colors.

The most affordable version will start at Euro 126,995 in Germany, and the first cars will be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2017. (Aston Martin is competing in the GTE class with a Vantage-based race vehicle.) Deliveries are scheduled to commence in late 2017 and customers will be able to choose from either of the Vantage's coupe or convertible body styles.