Aston Martin is turning this $250,000 car into a Tesla fighter

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This week, Aston Martin unveiled its new Rapide concept. The fully electric concept car is based on the British sports-car maker’s production Rapide S sedan. Although Aston’s current lineup consists of mainly of V8- and V12-engine sports cars, the company has recently made electrification a major priority in its future plans.

And it’s partnering with ChinaEquity, a venture-capital and private-equity group, to explore the car’s development.

“We see luxury electric vehicles as an intrinsic part of our future product portfolio and welcome ChinaEquity into the next phase of study for the project development,” Aston Martin CEO Dr. Andy Palmer said in a statement. “The exciting Rapide concept tangibly demonstrates the capability and ambition of Aston Martin towards developing low- and zero-emission sports cars.”

Aston’s Sino-British partnership announcement comes during this week’s state visit to Britain by Chinese President Xi Jinping.


The Aston Martin Rapide concept is based on the company’s current Rapide sedan.

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But instead of the production car’s mighty 6-liter, V12 engine …

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… the Rapide features an electric drive system.

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The electric drive system was developed by Williams Advanced Engineering, an offshoot of the Williams Formula One racing team.

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These are the same engineers responsible for Jaguar’s sexy C-X75 hybrid supercar, as well as …

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… the hybrid power system found on Audi’s championship-winning R18 e-tron quattro race cars.

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Although Aston did not release detailed performance specs for the concept, CEO Andy Palmer did lay out the car’s potential performance in an interview earlier this year with Automotive News.

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According to the interview, Palmer claimed the Rapide will have 800 horsepower delivered to all four wheels.

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Palmer also claimed the car will have a range of 200 miles and hinted at a price tag between $200,000 to $250,000.

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These specifications would put the Rapide in the same neighborhood as Porsche’s Mission E Concept and the industry benchmark …

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… the Tesla Model S P90D, with Ludicrous Mode acceleration — 0 to 60 mph in under three seconds, according to Tesla.

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In addition, Aston Martin also plans to launch a crossover based on the DBX concept that debuted earlier this year.

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Aston Martin hopes its electrification efforts will help the company’s lineup of high-powered sports cars meet stringent future fuel-economy standards.

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If development is successful, the Aston Martin Rapide concept could hit showrooms in two years.

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