Speaking to Motoring, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer has confirmed that the luxury sports car manufacturer will be discontinuing the Rapide.
Motivated in large part by increasingly stringent emissions regulations that make its 6.0-litre V12 impractical, Palmer indicated that the current Rapide will be replaced by a sedan with an electric-only powertrain in 2018.
Dubbed the RapidE, the new four-door model is expected to produce 600 kW or the equivalent of 800 hp from its electric motors and provide a range of about 320 km. Powertrain engineering for the RapidE is being undertaken by Williams Formula 1 team affiliate Williams Advanced Engineering, with funding for development in part provided by private merchant bank ChinaEquity.
The largest and heaviest entry in Aston Martin’s lineup, the Rapide was first introduced in 2010 and earned a reputation as the world fastest sedan.
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