RapidE is the name of the new kid on the block, which is due to enter production in 2019. Previewed by a concept that was presented two years ago, the first-ever all-electric Aston Martin promises to deliver V12-rivaling performance, and then some. Thing is, the manufacturer isn’t ready to come clean about what’s hiding under the skin of the RapidE.
It’ll be developed in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering, and although there’s no talk of power figures just yet, we’re expecting it to be at least as powerful as the 552bhp Rapide S. When the concept was released, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer touted the idea of an 800 – 1000bhp, range-topping ‘performance’ version.
“RapidE represents a sustainable future in which Aston Martin’s values of seductive style and supreme performance don’t merely co-exist alongside a new zero-emission powertrain, but are enhanced by it.” For EV skeptics and other haters, Palmer did reiterate that the “internal combustion engine…will continue to be (at the heart of Aston Martin) for years to come.” Successful change takes time.
The booking for the RapidE will commence next month and the car is expected to cost more that the Vantage V12. Above the RapidE, Aston’s first full-production battery car will be an electric version of the DBX crossover. All electric DBX crossover would be unveiled in 2019 – expecting the similar greeting that the DB11 coupe received, with a little help from the latest Bond film.