There's a new force brewing in the "super-sporty electric sedan" market, and for the first time, it won't be wearing a Model S badge. According to new reports, Aston Martin will field an electric version of its four-door Rapide—set to arrive in two years—and it won't be low on performance.
Aston Martin chief Andy Palmer revealed to Automotive News that the forthcoming Rapide EV will boast 800 horsepower, all-wheel drive, and at least 200 miles of driving range.
Those preliminary figures put Aston's electric super-sedan generally within the same league as the Tesla Model S, however Palmer outlined a few notable differences between the strategies. Aston Martin plans to build only a few hundred e-Rapide sedans each year, which will retail accordingly between $200,000 and $250,000. The EV also won't attempt to rival the off-the-line performance achieved in variants like the Model S P85D or P90D with "Ludicrous Mode."
“I think that the fact that you could drive a few laps of a decent race course…is much more interesting than doing 500 meters in Ludicrous mode," Palmer told AN.
Luckily for Aston Martin fans, the brand isn't stopping its EV production there. The e-Rapide will be followed by the previously confirmed Aston Martin DBX crossover, which will boast an electric drivetrain and all-wheel drive. New updates suggest this vehicle will arrive before 2020, first as a gas-electric hybrid, then as a traditional gasoline model, and finally in full-EV guise.
The Aston Martin DBX concept car first debuted at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show as a sleek two-door coupe. Palmer has hinted that a coupe version may also reach production as well.