1,000-HP Electric Aston Martin Rapide Will Arrive in 2017
Stringent emissions standards may be changing the face of future vehicles through electrification and hybridization, but Aston Martin chief Andy Palmer has affirmed these regulations won’t change his brand’s aim to build cars with true “power, beauty, and soul.” Not in the least. While speaking last week at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Summit, Palmer confirmed that an electrified version of the Aston Martin Rapide sedan will arrive in 2017, and when it does it will boast upwards of 1,000 horsepower. “We’re talking about an electric Aston Martin with between 800 and 1,000 horsepower,” said Palmer. “Imagine having all that torque on demand.” In previous reports, the high-powered e-Rapide was suggested to apply its tremendous power through all four wheels and feature a minimum driving range of 200 miles. A performance-minded DBX electric crossover is slated to follow soon after, also wielding all-wheel drive. RELATED: See More Photos of the 800-HP 2016 Aston Martin Vulcan
"We're a V-12 engine company," Palmer told Bloomberg. "Project that into the future. Do I go the way of the rest of the industry and downsize the engine? Do I see Aston Martin with a three-cylinder engine? God forbid. You've got to do something radical. Electric power gives you that power. It gives you that torque.”
While it would be easy to regard the Rapide EV and DBX as “Tesla rivals,” Palmer says he sees things a bit differently, as Tesla is expanding into more affordable markets with cars like the upcoming Model 3. Palmer affirms Aston will not go mainstream—avoiding the “vanilla in the middle”—in order to focus on exclusivity and high performance.
That’s substantiated by previous reports, which suggest a price point for the e-Rapide of between $200,000 and $250,000. Stay tuned as more information about the DBX and Rapide EVs will arrive as we inch closer to 2017 and 2018.
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