Aston Martin CEO, Andy Palmer, has confirmed that the company is planning to launch an all-electric, AWD variant of the Rapide sedan. The pure electric Rapide will boast more than 800 hp (600 kW), making it the most powerful Aston Martin on the market. It will have an electric range of 320 km.
“If you want to keep making V-12 engines, then you’ve got to do something at the opposite end of the spectrum,” Mr. Palmer told Automotive News. He did not reveal the price of the car but hinted it could be in the region of US$200,000 to US$250,000.
The Rapide EV has been under consideration for quite some time. Aston Martin won’t replicate Tesla’s “Insane” and “Ludicrous” modes in the car. “I think that the fact that you could drive a few laps of a decent race course or race it around the Nordschleife is much more interesting than doing 500 metres in Ludicrous mode,” Mr. Palmer said. Nonetheless, Rapide EV could match the Model S sprint time of 0 to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds and top speed of 250 km/h (electronically limited).
Moreover, after the all-electric Rapide, Aston Martin will launch an all-electric variant of the DBX SUV, which will be on sale before the end of the decade. The reason the company has two EVs in the pipeline is because these zero-emission cars will help balance out the V8 and V12 powered sports cars when it comes to the line-up-average CO2 emissions.
[Source: Automotive News]