Aston Martin has revealed plans for an all-electric saloon car that could produce up to 1,000bhp in its most extreme four-wheel drive form. Known as the Aston Martin RapidE, it will not be available for another couple of years.
The details were announced during the UK/China creative summit that took place at the same time as the Chinese President, Xi Jinping, visited the UK. During the summit, Aston CEO, Andy Palmer, said that the first model will be a rear-wheel drive car with 550bhp, like the current petrol Rapide.
The RapidE version will have a much shorter range, but with separate electric motors driving each of the wheels it will deliver between 800 and 1,000bhp. Palmer said that the four-motor approach was being adopted because all four wheels will be needed to deal with the torque.
He added: “We already know electric powertrains combine luxury and performance extremely well, something our Rapide S achieves already. We think RapidE will fit the family very well.”
He also revealed that the RapidE is likely to be built at the company’s UK base in Gaydon, although a new factory could soon be needed to create enough capacity for the expanding electric range.
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