Amped-up Aston Martin Rapide expected 'within two years'

Published: 19 August 2015

► Electric Aston Martin Rapide
► Expected to arrive 'in two years'
► EV DBX crossover could follow

Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer has confirmed to industry title Automotive News that the British sports car maker will bring an all-electric version of the Rapide sports saloon to market in two years' time. And it's sounding like quite a Tesla rival: the e-Aston is expected to boast up to 800bhp, an all-wheel drive system to quell the torque and a 200-mile range. 

Palmer also let slip to a packed Pebble Beach crowd that an all-electric DBX crossover would follow. The DBX SUV range, expected to arrive in 2019, will feature a plug-in hybrid, conventional petrol engines and - eventually - an all-electric version.

Wait, does this mean no more Aston V12s?

Fear not, the Aston Martin V12 soundtrack will continue to upset tranquil landscapes for years to come. ‘If you want to keep making V12 engines, then you’ve got to do something at the opposite end of the spectrum,' Palmer said.

The all-electric Rapide is expected to cost somewhere in the £125k-£160k bracket. 

By Matt Bell

Former digital intern at CAR