By on March 21, 2017

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We’re all used to driving curvaceous V12 sedans, right? Now, how would you react to news that your luxury automaker of choice planned to strip all fossil fuel-related hardware from it just to satisfy some squares with exceptionally strong regulatory powers?

That’s the situation for fans of the Rapide S, which Aston Martin claims is — in AMR guise — the world’s fastest four-door vehicle. Aston claims it just can’t keep building all of these 12-cylinder beauties in Europe’s regulatory environment. For some vehicles, gas has to go. And guess which model takes the first hit?

Speaking to Australia’s Motoring, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer said the Rapide S has no future beyond this decade. It seems that looming emissions requirements will put the kibosh on the model’s 6.0-liter V12. However, the Rapide name isn’t disappearing entirely.

The quintessentially British automaker expects an electric version of the Rapide in short order, possibly named the RapidE. Get it?

“So obviously there’s a platform for the electric Rapide, so it has life in front of it, but the Rapide as you see it today is also going to be replaced by the DBX on one hand and the Lagonda on the other,” Palmer said.

The limited-production, uber-luxurious Lagonda is apparently all the gas-powered four-door Aston needs. It should appear by 2020. Meanwhile, the RapidE, or whatever name the automaker gives it, is expected to be a muscular green performer. Official power output isn’t known, but it could be in the order of 800 horsepower.

“It’s coming 2018. It’s around the corner,” said Palmer of the coming EV.

In a bid to cut down on air pollution, many European cities are considering laws mandating gas-free motoring on certain days of the week, or in certain downtown locales. No one with money to burn wants to drive their vehicle to the suburbs, only to hop on a train. The all-electric model could also prove appealing to well-heeled Chinese customers.

[Image: Aston Martin]

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17 Comments on “Aston Martin Wrestles Gasoline from the Grasp of World’s Sexiest Sedan...”


  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    A 6.0L V-12 is addicting (I assume), but so is an 800 HP EV, which would be even quicker, smoother, quieter, and cheaper to operate than the ICE.

    If you say ‘rich people don’t care about such things’, talk with some Model S owners.

    I wouldn’t lose any sleep over the change.

    • 0 avatar
      Silent Ricochet

      Sometimes I think a car like a Chevy Bolt (or something similar) would be awesome for my commute. A decent amount of power and supreme savings in gas (70 miles every day adds up). Then I think about how silent and weird it’d be and I realize that I’d miss the sound of a good ol’ ICE way too much.

      • 0 avatar
        jjster6

        In most modern cars you barely hear the engine anyhow. Most of what you hear is road noise. Electrics are very quiet when stopped, but to my ears, don’t sound a huge amount different from an ICE car at speed. YMMV.

      • 0 avatar
        N8iveVA

        Have you ridden in a Nissan Versa under full throttle? That’s an awful sound I’d prefer to forget. So there are many cars I’d rather have as an EV. But yeah, can’t beat the sound of a decent performance ICE.

    • 0 avatar
      stuki

      Problem is, anywhere you can make any use of all those horses, there’s no charging station. And even if there were, you’d give back all the time that engines saved you over a Prius, standing around waiting for a recharge to complete.

      GT used to stand mean Grand Touring. As in “Beat the saps stuck in body-cavity-search security lines to your destination.” Not Grand Profiling a bragging rights special back and forth to Starbucks, making sure to stay safely ensconced within the walls of your de facto gated community.

    • 0 avatar
      CarnotCycle

      Tesla can win a stoplight race with the Aston. Trouble with driving Tesla like an Aston Martin for more than fifteen minutes, or any other fast car, unfortunately is summed up here:

      https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/f8fxhaapvjjqqirbzts5.gif

      It was too funny on Jalopnik to not share here.

  • avatar
    OldManPants

    Where on that crumbling relic of a Roman outpost-island does a car like the Rapide get to act any more awesome than the rest of the traffic?

  • avatar
    ajla

    Why go full EV? For the price charged is an I6 hybrid or something not possible?

  • avatar
    CarnotCycle

    A gas-turbine parallel hybrid would be fitting for an Aston; a unique shameless excess, a can’t-miss-it ‘exhaust note,’ smooth as electric anything, powerful beyond anything, and always breaking down somehow.

    Plus it’d run E85, biodiesel, whatever. With a plug-in module, there’d be more re-energize opportunities between fuel stations and electric outlets for that car than anything else operating.

  • avatar
    OldManPants

    Renderings for 6-figure cars should get details like light sources right.

    If the sun can glint square off that AM’s grille area than it should also be highlighting the masts, sails and the building in the background.

    • 0 avatar

      Notice the double shadow; I think the implied light sources are behind the car and somewhere high and near the front.

      This isn’t appreciably more fake than any other photo shoot, where it would be completely legit to pop a big reflector or maybe just the studio flash of the gods about 6″ outside the front of the frame here. Yeah, it’s probably a rendering, but the light sources aren’t why it is so.

      • 0 avatar
        OldManPants

        Now that I view it at leisure it reminds me the of old-timey Hollywood schtick where a close-up of people “driving” a car was foreground and a patently fake moving landscape background.

        Could this be a pro-lit photo of the car shopped onto a noticeably less resolved and therefore blurred background scenic?

        • 0 avatar

          Yes, but it could also be a pure rendered car-model composites on top of the blurry background, there’s multiple ways of doing it, and the photo isn’t hi-res enough to hunt for too much detail. My guess is it’s a rendering of a car composited onto the marina background, but it could be a real car, too.

          Back to the car, I think if they get the car bits right, there’s every reason an all-electric version could be great. The real-world users of these will do just fine with this amount of range, and no they don’t generally drive around near top speed, like, ever.

          Look for Rolls Royce to be the obvious next adopter of electric drivetrains.

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