2019 ASTON MARTIN RAPIDE AMR
Arguably the most exciting aspect of the Rapide AMR is what lies beneath the carbon fiber hood. Aston Martin's much loved, naturally aspirated 6.0-liter V12 provides a sonorous soundtrack, and does an astounding job of moving the Rapide AMR around, especially in the mid to high rev range, where the motoring heavens open up, and a feeling of transcendence creeps in. That V12 engine produces 595 hp and 465 lb-ft thanks to a larger inlet manifold with enhanced airflow.
The benefit of a big naturally aspirated V12 is the fact that it delivers its power in a very linear curve, unlike the majority of turbocharged engines in this class, who spill their guts in the midrange and run out of breath at the top end. All that power is sent to the rear wheels via a ZF-supplied eight-speed automatic transmission that has been tweaked to deliver faster shifts, and can apparently go from one gear to the other in only 139 milliseconds, but in reality, it doesn't feel any faster than a regular ZF transmission.
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