Aston Martin has revealed a ‘conceptual’, all-electric version of their extra-luxurious Rapide sedan. Called the RapidE, the near-production-ready concept previews the British automaker’s first-ever electric vehicle and marks its foray into the promising EV segment.
Developed with the help of Williams Advanced Engineering and based on the Rapide S, the RapidE Concept was partly developed in support of a creative summit organized by the British government’s successful GREAT campaign, which seeks to showcase the best of what the United Kingdom has to offer and encourage people to visit, do business, invest and study in the country.
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Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer said the following in the press statement:
“The exciting RapidE concept tangibly demonstrates the capability and ambition of Aston Martin towards developing low- and zero-emission sports cars.”
The company didn’t release any technical specifications, but Palmer previously stated that the prospective Rapide electric sedan will make around 800 horsepower and have an all-electric driving range of around 200 miles (322 km). If approved for production, the model will be built in the United Kingdom and released to the public by the end of 2017.
Here’s The First Look At Aston Martin’s DBX SUV
The first-ever utility vehicle from the British automaker finally shows itself.
Aston Martin has release images of its DBX SUV undergoing some serious testing in Wales.
The prototype is fully camouflaged, but we still get a good idea of what to expect.
For starters, it has evolved quite bit from the DBX concept car that was unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show, looking more like a traditional SUV-crossover than the low-slung, two-door concept, albeit with a pronouncly sloping roof line to make it appear sportier.
The front end falls in line with Aston Martin’s current design language, featuring a low-positioned wide grille that’s flanked by thin headlights, while the rear appears to have a set of stacked round lights.
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Power could very well come from a twin-turbocharged, 4.0-liter V8 engine borrowed from Mercedes-AMG, sent to the ground via a permanent all-wheel drive system.
Aston says the model will be a true SUV, meaning it should be able to off-road and tow.
“DBX is a very different kind of Aston Martin, but we will be testing it in all conditions and across all terrains to ensure it delivers a driving experience worthy of the wings badge,” Matt Becker, Aston’s chief engineer, affirmed in a company statement.
The production Aston Martin DBX SUV won’t be unveiled until late 2019. It will be built at Aston Martin’s new plant in St. Athan, Wales, alongside a range of new Lagonda vehicles.
Aston Martin DBS 59 Pays Tribute To Aston’s 1959 Le Mans Win
Not quite as good as owning the real thing, but it’s much more modern, affordable and capable.
Aston Martin has unveiled a special edition DBS that celebrates its historic 1-2 finish at the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Based on the DBS Superleggera, the Aston Martin DBS 59 features several bespoke design features inspired by the iconic DBR1 that Caroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori piloted to victory six decades ago, including the iconic green paint job. Designers also gave it glossy carbon-fiber accents on the roof, roof strake, and hood vents; a Superleggera logo on the hood; and a Q fender badge representing Aston Martin’s customization division.
There interior is swathed in a combination of Obsidian Black and Chestnut Tan leather, while the headrests are embroidered with a bespoke ‘DBS 59’ logo. The seat backs and door inserts are wrapped in a material inspired by the fabric inside the DBR1
Other nifty features include special Saddle Leather Helmet Pods in the rear compartment that hold a replica of the 1959 crash helmets, a replica of the racing gloves worn by Shelby, period blue race overalls with the DBS 59 logo, and a two-piece luggage designed to match the black and tan interior of the car.
Bronze detailing add a nice touch to both the exterior and interior.
Like the standard DBS Superleggera, the Aston Martin DBS 59 produces 715 hp and has a top speed of 211 mph (340 km/h), nearly triple the 250 hp the 1959 DBR1 delivered from its 2.9-liter engine .
Aston Martins only made five copies of the race car, and one of them was sold in 2017 at Monterey for $22.5 million.
In a similar vein, it plans to build only 24 examples of the DBS 59, each marked with a build number placed near the side strakes. Do you want one?
Aston Martin Going After Ferrari With DBS Superleggera AMR
Even with the sizzling Aston Martin DBS Superleggera fresh on the market, a new report claims that Aston Martin is already hard at work on an even hotter version of its high-octane sports car, one dubbed the DBS Superleggera AMR.
Speaking at the launch of the DBS Superleggera (pictured) to Australia’s , a senior Aston Martin executive essentially confirmed that the model is under development and will go up against Ferrari 812 Superfast when it hits the road.
“We produced an AMR version of the previous Vantage and have an AMR Rapide and DB11, so it’s safe to assume a DBS Superleggera is coming.”
The more hardcore DBS Superleggera AMR will not only have more power to work with, but it will also be a few pounds lighter courtesy of carbon fiber seats, steering wheel, exhaust tips and hood and have a sportier suspension complimented by grippier set of tires
The exec didn’t reveal just how much more power the DBS Superleggera AMR will have but noted that DBS Superleggera’s V12 can generate up to 750 horsepower, which is a decent pump over the current 715 horsepower. Any more power than that would apparently require significant reworking of the V12’s internals.
Taken together, the upgrades should allow it to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in less than 3.2 seconds — 0.2 sec quicker than the standard car — an a top speed of around (214 mph) 345 km/h.
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