The astonishingly beautiful but rather impractical Aston Martin Rapide is getting retired, reportedly, just to be switched with the all-electric RapidE starting next year.
It appears the naturally aspirated Rapide S will be given the boot in order to allow for the introduction of the fully-electric RapidE. Aston Martin and Williams Advanced Engineering collaborated back in 2015 to deliver the RapidE concept – a preview of the all-electric version of the splendid sedan. Months later, the automaker from Gaydon signed a Memorandum of Understanding with LeEco to create a production version of the concept that is rumored to arrive sometime next year. Aston Martin’s CEO Andy Palmer has recently restated the company’s desire to introduce the RapidE in 2018, with the added detail that it will simply replace the V12-powered Rapide S.
The sedan is going all-electric, thus losing the naturally aspirated 6.0-liter gasoline engine delivering 552 horsepower (411 kilowatts) and 465 pound-feet (630 Newton-meters) of torque. The electric version is rumored to trump that with a powertrain worth 800 horsepower (600 kilowatts) and enough battery for 200 miles (320 kilometers) of range. A diesel option is naturally a no go, since these “are definitely persona non grata these days,” according to Palmer.