Aston Martin Rapide News

  • Aston Martin Rapide E prototype from video posted by Andy Palmer

    Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer on Monday gave an update on the progress of the company's first electric car, the Rapide E. He uploaded a video to Twitter showing a prototype on the move. According to the tweet, it was the first time a prototype for the Rapide E was driven under its own power. It's certainly eerie seeing Aston Martin's svelte sedan, which normally packs a raucous V-12, moving silently on electric power alone. A moment of @astonmartin history. First Validation Prototype Aston Martin RapideE moves under its own power for the very first time with its breakthrough 800v battery...

  • Teaser for Aston Martin Rapide E due in 2019
    Aston Martin confirms specs for Rapide E electric sedan coming in 2019

    Aston Martin on Wednesday revealed the first specs for its Rapide E electric sport sedan due for delivery in late 2019. The car is being developed in partnership with Williams Advanced Engineering, the Williams Formula 1 team's technology offshoot, and since development isn't complete some of the...

  • Site of Aston Martin plant in St Athan, Wales
    St Athan will be Aston Martin EV hub, production site for Rapide E

    Aston Martin is in the final phase of converting a former military hanger in St Athan, Wales into a second plant to join the existing plant in Gaydon, England. Gaydon will remain the home of Aston Martin sports cars while St Athan will be where Aston Martin builds its SUV and planned Lagonda cars...

  • Aston Martin Rapide E battery development
    Aston Martin gives first look at Rapid-E's 800-volt battery

    Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer on Tuesday gave an update on the progress of the automaker's first electric car, the Rapid-E. Palmer posted a photo of what he described as a “production intent” version of the battery destined for the Rapid-E, and confirmed it will be an 800-volt design...

  • 2019 Aston Martin Rapide AMR
    2019 Aston Martin Rapide AMR revealed

    Aston Martin has a new addition to its growing AMR family: the Rapide AMR. The car was shown in concept form during the launch of Aston Martin's AMR sub-brand at the 2017 Geneva auto show, but now we have our first look at the production version due in showrooms by the end of the year. Pricing for...

  • 2018 Aston Martin Rapide AMR spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2018 Aston Martin Rapide AMR spy shots and video

    It's hard to believe it's been almost a decade since the Aston Martin Rapide went on sale, as even to this day the sexy fastback sedan remains one of the best looking four-door cars on the market. The Rapide is on its way out, however, and there aren't any plans for a direct successor since Aston...

  • Teaser for Aston Martin Rapide E due in 2019

    Aston Martin doesn't have a production electric car just yet, but that will change in 2019 with the RapidE sedan. With the all-electric luxury sedan, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer hinted his brand could join Formula E following the RapidE's launch. "We don't have an electric car yet, but we will have in 2019. You can imagine the two coming together. I love Formula E," Palmer said, according to Automotive News Europe (subscription required). If Aston Martin were to commit to Formula E, it would be the third major brand to pledge its support in recent years. Porsche and Mercedes-Benz both...

  • Aston Martin Rapid-E concept
    Aston Martin Rapide to ditch V-12, go electric-only route in 2018

    It was at the 2009 Frankfurt auto show that Aston Martin launched its current Rapide. The stylish super sedan has only been offered with a V-12 ever since, but from 2018 it will only be offered with an electric powertrain. The information was confirmed to Motoring by Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer...

  • 2017 Aston Martin Vantage AMR Pro
    Aston Martin launches AMR performance sub-brand

    Aston Martin has a new performance sub-brand leveraging the expertise of the Aston Martin Racing motorsport department. The sub-brand will go by the name AMR and offer high-performance derivatives of each model in the Aston Martin lineup. Cars from AMR benefit from enhanced performance, sharper...

  • Aston Martin Rapid-E concept
    Electric Aston Martin Rapide Edges Closer To Production With Signing Of MoU

    Aston Martin took a major step today towards realizing production of its first electric car. The British automaker signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) towards the creation of a partnership that will develop an electric Rapide based on the RapidE concept car unveiled last year. The...

  • Aston Martin Rapide S with Letv’s Internet of the Vehicle system - 2016 Consumer Electronics Show
    Aston Martin Previews Next-Gen Infotainment System At CES

    Aston Martin recently partnered with Chinese media giant Letv on connectivity technology for cars. Letv has been described as the Chinese version of Netflix, and its billionaire founder Jia Yueting is linked with American electric car startup Faraday Future, which at this week's Consumer...

  • Aston Martin Rapid-E concept
    Aston Martin gets serious about EVs, rolls out electric Rapid-E concept

    While rivals in the sports luxury segment such as Lamborghini and Ferrari [NYSE:RACE] are shunning fully electric cars, Aston Martin is embracing the technology as a clever means to stand out from the crowd while also reducing fleet average CO2 emissions. CEO Andy Palmer, a former senior Nissan...

  • 2015 Aston Martin Rapide S

    At the Shanghai Auto Show in April, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer alluded to a possible all-electric version of the Rapide four-door and last week he confirmed it to Automotive News (subscription required). Speaking at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance this past weekend, Palmer said the car would arrive in two years, boast 800 horsepower and a 200-mile range, and feature all-wheel drive to help tame all those ponies. Palmer also said an electric version of the planned DBX crossover would follow. For Aston Martin, as well as other high-end automakers, stricter emissions and fuel economy...

  • 2015 Aston Martin Rapide S
    Aston Martin To Replace Rapide With New Lagonda Sedan, Launch DBX-Like Crossover

    Last summer, we heard Aston Martin was planning to phase out its Rapide sedan following the introduction of the automaker’s next-generation sports car platform, which makes its debut next year in the DB9 replacement. The good news is that Aston Martin won’t be exiting the sedan segment...

  • Aston Martin Lagonda Taraf
    Aston Martin Lagonda Taraf To Reach More Markets, But Not U.S.

    Aston Martin’s coachbuilt sedan, the Lagonda Taraf, which is based on Rapide running gear, was originally intended only for the Middle East market. Interest in the car from elsewhere got Aston Martin wondering if it should build a few more examples of the car for other markets, and now the...

  • 2015 Aston Martin Lagonda
    Aston Martin Lagonda sedan gets a name and could come Stateside

    Aston Martin's Lagonda nameplate is back thanks to an all-new 2015 sedan. It has simply been called the Lagonda sedan so far, but now we know it has an actual name. Say hello to Taraf. Well, that's the name the car will wear in its initial launch market of the Middle East. Initial reports stated...

  • 2015 Aston Martin Lagonda
    2015 Aston Martin Lagonda sedan revealed

    The first Lagonda since the William Towns-designed wedge of the 1970s and ‘80s is currently undergoing final testing in the extreme heat of Oman, ahead of a market launch next year. But Aston Martin isn’t launching a standalone Lagonda brand as it had hoped to only a few years ago;...

  • 2015 Aston Martin Vanquish
    2015 Aston Martin Rapide S & Vanquish Meld Old With New

    Both the Aston Martin Rapide S and the Vanquish have a handful of things in common. As they should, considering they're both from the same automaker: styling cues can be traced between each machine; the guttural growl of the 6.0-liter V-12 engine cuts through traffic as quickly as the cars...

  • 2014 Aston Martin Rapide S

    Aston Martin is working on a new platform to underpin its next generation of sports cars, starting with a new DB9 in 2016. A new Vantage is expected in 2018 and should be followed a year later by a new Vanquish, but what of Aston Martin’s uber-stylish Rapide four-door? Autocar is reporting that there are no plans at present for a new Rapide, with Aston Martin said to be confident of boosting sales with two-door models only. The British publication also reports that production of the current Rapide may be phased out when Aston Martin starts building cars off its new platform. Of course...

  • 2014 Aston Martin Rapide S
    2014 Aston Martin Rapide S Quick Drive Video

    The 2014 Aston Martin Rapide S is possibly the best four-door in the world. It doesn't quite top out the charts in many individual specs, but, as is so often the case with sports cars, the whole is greater than the sum of its 0-60 mph times and horsepower figures. In fact, if you're the type of...

  • Aston Martin Hybrid Hyrdogen Rapide S
    Aston Martin Rapide S Runs The 'Ring While Sipping Hydrogen

    Aston Martin, it seems, has just made a bit of history. It's probably not what you're expecting though because it doesn't involve gasoline, a dairy farm's worth of dead cows, or references to one iconic British MI-6 agent. Instead, the automaker has just completed the first Hydrogen-only, zero CO2...

  • 2013 Aston Martin Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S race car
    Aston Martin Reveals Hydrogen-Powered Rapide S Racer

    A few weeks ago we told you that Aston Martin was preparing a special hydrogen-powered Rapide that it planned to race at the Nürburgring 24 Hours endurance race this year. Today, the British automaker revealed its special race car, which it calls the Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S. Aston Martin...

  • 2014 Aston Martin Rapide S
    Aston Martin Rapide S Technical Overview: Video

    There are many reasons to love the 2014 Aston Martin Rapide S. It's gorgeous--perhaps the best-looking four-door on the planet. It's fast, with a 5.9-liter V-12 engine cranking out 550 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque for a 190 mph top speed. It's British, rather than German or Italian, as...

  • 2014 Aston Martin Rapide S  -  First Drive, March 2013
    2014 Aston Martin Rapide S first drive review

    Can a four-door be a true sports car? In today’s market—even at the upper end of the market—it seems that there are too many so-called ’no compromise’ luxury cars looking to be so many things at once. With its curvy, performance, car roofline rather intimate 2+2...

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