Can you imagine an 800 hp all-electric Aston Martin? If it’s up to CEO Andy Palmer it will be realised soon, Automotive News revealed. The electric all-wheel drive Rapide would have a range of 200 miles / 322 kilometres.
The British Sports cars manufacturer brings its four-dour Rapide to the market in two years and it would be followed by an all-electric version of the DBX crossover by the end of the decade, Palmer said at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
“If you want to keep making V12 engines, then you’ve got to do something at the opposite end of the spectrum,” Palmer said. It will be positioned as a premium electric car with a price tag between $200,000 and $250,000.
Palmer won’t be focussing purely on acceleration but on overall performance instead. “We don’t do ‘Ludicrous mode’ because that’s stupid,” Palmer said referring to Tesla’s latest upgrade for the Model S, now capable of 0-100 km/h in 2.8 seconds.
Palmer: “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.”
It would probably not take long after introduction that a Rapide EV hits the race track.