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Aston Martin will produce first all-electric vehicle RapidE for 2019 model year

British marque Aston Martin surprised us all with its own all-electric variant of the four-door RapidE grand tourer in 2015. It was revealed only as a concept labelled the RapidE AMR, and now it will possibly make its debut for the 2019 model year. This will be the first ever Aston Martin to entirely get rid of an internal combustion engine. The upper management of Aston Martin revealed that they have given the go-signal to build the newest addition to the Aston Martin family - a £230,000 zero emissions plug-in supercar, and it will be produced in partnership with Williams Advanced Engineering which has also largely contributed to the said concept. The British automaker has guaranteed a range of more than 200 miles on a single charge, with a 0 to 60 mph sprint only needing 3 seconds to attain.

As of now, specific details outlining the RapidE have not been made public, but the British marque said that the rapid power delivery offered by electric motors will give an unforgettable driving experience that is unique to Aston Martin patrons. This translates to more than just a motoring experience lacking a V8 or V12 soundtrack since this RapidE will be a first all-electric Aston Martin. However, we all know that the British marque will release only 155 limited versions of the electric vehicle, so this first step off the internal combustion power is expected to be a very limited one.

Dr. Andy Palmer, Aston Martin CEO, said that RapidE symbolizes a viable future wherein the British marque's values of seductive style and premium performance don't simply go hand in hand with a new zero-emission powertrain but are also boosted by it.

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Aston Martin Rapide will be going green, to replace V12 engine with electric variant

In 2015, Aston Martin and Williams Advanced Engineering collaborated to come up with their brainchild, the RapidE Concept. A few months later, higher ups at Aston Martin's headquarters in Gaydon signed a Memorandum of Understanding with LeEco to lead the way in producing the sedan's electric version that will hopefully be made available to the public in 2018.

Recently, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer confirmed to the public that by 2018 the gas powered Rapide will be getting the axe, and instead, an electric version RapidE concept will take its place. Since its debut, the dashing sedan has only been made available with a V-12 engine but starting in the year 2018, it will be exclusively offered with an all-electric variant.

Even though the specific details of car's technical specs are still not in the open, the new four door all-electric Aston Martin sedan will have an increase of power - from 552 horsepower produced by the 6.0-liter gasoline engine to a whopping 800 horsepower generated by the RapidE concept's electric engine. Also, take note that the outgoing gasoline-powered sedan is capable of producing 465 lb.-ft. (630 Nm) of torque, which means that with the power that the new electric version is expected to produce, its torque may be of the same magnitude. Moreover, the RapidE concept is competent enough to reach a range of almost 200 miles (320 kilometers) with enough battery on tap. The said electric sedan will not be put on sale with the Rapide S as the electric variant will replace it altogether.

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Aston Martin AMR brings Vantage and Rapide concepts to the 2017 Geneva Motor Show

Just like the previous years, the Geneva Motor Show has been a host to various concept debuts. This year is not an exception. Joining the lineup is Aston Martin debuting its new AMR sub-brand, and along with it are two of its fiercest concepts – the Vantage AMR Pro and Rapide AMR. Before its big reveal, quite a handful of details on the AMR have been gathered first-hand from Aston’s Gaydon, UK headquarters.

Aston Martin Chief Designer Miles Nurnberger describes the AMR as a philosophy of the British automaker’s “way of racing”. Aston Martin Racing is focused on the automaker’s constant search for (racing) success while Aston Martin focuses on the aesthetics of its sports and supercars. AMR functions in a way that it combines these missions in order to produce “more extreme versions of Aston Martin’s core lineup.”

This constant race for supremacy goes back to the One-77, a perfect example of the collaboration between aesthetics and performance, featuring carbon fiber and saddle leather, an unusual mix of materials. It is a collision of different forces, but in a luxurious way. This idea has been further used on the CC100, GT8, GT12 and Vulcan, according to Nurnberger.

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Aston Martin shows off electric version of its Rapide S sports saloon

Aston Martin has showcased a special version of the four-door Rapide S sports saloon called RapidE Concept, its newest fully electric car, outside of Lancaster House in London. The unveiling was attended by his Royal Highness Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and her Royal Highness Duchess of Cambridge Catherine, as well as by the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, and his wife Peng Liyuan.

This concept was developed in cooperation with Williams Advanced Engineering, which has a facility located in Grove, Oxfordshire. It was exhibited in order to support the British government’s GREAT campaign. This is a creative summit that was organized in order to serve as a platform displaying the best of what the country has to offer.

The campaign also hopes to inspire people not just to visit and study in the UK but to invest and do business as well. According to Aston Martin CEO Dr Andy Palmer, the company expects luxury electric vehicles to be a fundamental part of its product portfolios in the future.

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Just like the Aston Martin Vanquish and Vanquish Volante, the Rapide S was updated too for the 2015MY and received the new Touchtronic III eight-speed automatic gearbox. As expected, thanks to the new transmission developed by ZF, the 2015 Aston Martin Rapide S is quicker and now capable to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds (4.4 seconds 0-100 km/h), which is considerable quicker than the previous figure of 4.7 seconds.

For those who don’t know, the Aston Martin Rapide S uses a 6.0-liter V12 engine that generates 552 bhp (+2 bhp over the previous model) and 465 lb-ft (630 Nm) of torque at 5,500 rpm. Top speed is over 200 mph or 320 km/h.

According to Aston Martin, fuel economy was boosted by 13 percent in the 2015 Rapide S thanks to the new transmission, while CO2 emissions dropped 10 percent to 300 g/km.

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Aston Martin’s hybrid hydrogen car – the Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S -- will compete next month at the 41st ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nürburgring. This is truly remarkable as it marks the first hydrogen-powered car to race in an international event. It’s also the first ever zero-CO2 emissions sports car to finish a race pace lap at the Nürburgring 24-hour race. This innovative hybrid hydrogen car from the British sports car brand is a four-door, four-seat sports car.

Aston Martin’s engineers worked together with hydrogen experts Alset Global and created a prototype twin turbocharged 6.0-litre V12 engine that will be used for the car that will compete at the Nürburgring. The Hybrid Hydrogen race car can run on pure gasoline, pure gaseous hydrogen, or a mixture of both. This demonstrates how much Aston Martin is committed to engineering advancements. When the car is in pure hydrogen mode, Aston Martin and Alset Global are able to prove that it’s possible for a zero CO2 emissions to go around a lap of the Nordschleife while emitting just water.

The choice of the race track is also significant as the Nürburgring is recognized as the toughest and most challenging circuits in the world. This means that Aston Martin also gets the chance to prove how dependable and safe hydrogen technology is today. Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer Dr Ulrich Bez is proclaiming the debut of the Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S. He said that it’s the “perfect time” now to usher in the future with this race car as the company commemorates its centenary in 2013.

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New Aston Martin Rapide S four-door sports car will be unveiled for the first time in North America at the 2013 New York International Auto Show slated to start on March 27, 2013. The Rapide S will be joined by the new Aston Martin Vanquish and DB9. Aston Martin first unveiled the Rapide S at the 83rd Geneva International Motor Show earlier this month, tagging the New York show as the four-door sports car’s platform for its first customer deliveries in June.

Aston Martin redesigned and reengineered the Rapide S to reassert the vehicle’s position as the most beautiful and elegantly balanced, four-seat sports car in the world.

The carmaker endowed the new Rapide S with extensive design and engineering improvements to make it more desirable and refined. The luxury sports car now dons a more assertive ‘face’ thanks to a new full grille. The new front end design is complemented at the back by a new rear deck profile that includes a more pronounced boot lid ‘flip.’ The enhancements in aerodynamic and aesthetic both boost the sporting nature of the Rapide S.

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Aston Martin has unveiled the latest addition to its refreshed sports car range, the much anticipated Aston Martin Rapide S, at the 83rd Geneva International Motor Show. Aston Martin Rapide S is a four-door luxury GT that underwent painstaking redesign and re-engineering in order to reclaim its position as the most beautiful and elegantly balanced four-seat sports car in the world.

Due to its improvements, the new Rapide S has become more refined and much desired. The model replaces the outgoing Rapide in markets around the world. The new Rapide S features a more assertive ‘face’ thanks to its striking new full grille.

The new front end design is complemented by a new rear deck profile that includes a more pronounced boot lid ‘flip.’ These improvements in aerodynamic and aesthetics boost the sporting nature of the new Rapide S. The new Aston Martin Rapide is powered by the new AM11 naturally-aspirated 6.0-litre V12 engine that provides exceptional power and enhanced in-gear acceleration.

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Aston Martin introduced today the all-new Rapide S, replacing the outgoing Rapide in markets worldwide. As expected, the new Rapide S was sympathetically redesigned and re-engineered in order to become more beautiful and attract customer. The ‘S’ comes from “Sport” and in order to prove this, the Aston Martin Rapide S is powered by a version of the new AM11 naturally-aspirated 6.0-litre V12 delivering 550 bhp and 443 lb.ft (600 Nm) to 457 lb.ft (620 Nm) at 5,000 rpm.

With these numbers, the Rapide S is able to hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 4.7 seconds, while the top speed is limited at 190 mph or 305 km/h. European CO2 emissions drop by seven per cent, from 355 g/km to 332 g/km. Meanwhile, fuel economy now stands at 19.9 mpg on the official EU combined cycle (US data to be confirmed).

Moreover, the new engine has been lowered by 19 mm versus the position of the powerplant in the previous car and this means that the new Rapide S has a lower centre of gravity. The ADS (Adaptive Damping System) suspension offers three distinct settings: 'Normal', 'Sport' and 'Track'. Regarding the design, the 2013 Aston Martin Rapide S comes with a redesigned grille (quite big if you ask us), a new rear decklid but also with a new Carbon Exterior Pack.

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Aston Martin will reduce the production volume of Rapide saloons so that the output matches its sales. It will cut production to only 1,250 of cars a year or about 25 cars weekly. This is over half of the 2,000 cars initially planned in 2007/08.

Several sources imply that volume could even be dropped to 10 per week. However, Aston is insistent that it won’t fall that much. In fact, output of the Aston Martin Rapide was stopped last May.

Right after the weekend of the Royal Wedding, the company sent an e-mail to contractors that it won’t need more parts for the month. Aston revealed last week that it will end an eight-year production contract with Magna Steyr in Austria in mid-2012, six years earlier than anticipated.

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Dr. Ulrich Bez, the chief executive of Aston Martin, is set to put his Rapide on sale at the annual Bonhams auction this year at the Newport Pagnell. Proceeds of the event will be donated to charities, which are providing aid to those who were devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Bonhams, as a way of supporting the initiative, has waived its commission on this item. Dr Bez stated that the company’s presence in the Japanese market and its closer ties with the Japanese automotive business has created “many friends in the region” and the company wants “to do something to help.”

He also said that like everyone else, Aston Martin has been saddened by what Japan has experienced. According to Dr. Bez, the auction “seems the perfect platform” for the extended Aston Martin family to support the cause; thus, the company has decided to auction Rapide, which Dr. Bez has used while representing the company at various events in Europe and in the UK.

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UK pricing for Aston Martin's new Rapide has been released. The car has a starting price of £139,950 in the UK and in the US will cost $199,950. However, this amount is likely to increase with the addition of new equipment and other options. We don't know yet what features the standard package will have.

In the UK, it has been reported that the price tag includes premium standard equipment such as the Bang & Olufsen Beosound audio system made specifically for the Rapide model, heated memory seats, dual cast brakes and Adaptive Damping System.

Powering the model is a hand-built 6.0-liter V12 engine that produces 470 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 600 Nm of torque at 5,000 rpm. This allows the car to go from zero to 60mph in 5.1 seconds and reach a maximum speed of 188 mph (303 km/h).

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Aston Martin's marketing strategy for the Rapide sedan includes attending intimate consumer gatherings, such as dealer ride-and-drives and sponsored racetrack events, according to CEO Ulrich Bez.

Aston Martin is relying on the Rapide, its first sedan in almost 20 years, to raise consideration for the brand among luxury buyers. However, Aston Martin has a tight marketing budget that is limiting its ability to compete against those with bigger marketing budgets. The Porsche Panamera is a prime example.

Bez explained that the company can't match its rivals' spending power and so Aston Martin will focus on small, intimate events. He added that the Rapide is a new car in a new category for the company and marketing it takes more time because it simply can't afford to launch a massive advertising campaign.

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There is only one illustration available, but it's claimed to be nothing but the real thing. Or so reports CAR Magazine UK, which made the representation of the forthcoming Aston Martin Rapide lately.

The magazine says that the computer-produced sample comes directly from Aston and previews the concluding form of this super-ultra four-door coupe. They obviously have another rendition on hand but are reserving that for the January 2009 print copy of CAR.

From what can be seen, it looks like that the Rapide will stay quite true to the concept model. CAR observes the front end has been altered a bit with the concept's quad air intakes being substituted by an upper and lower grill, and a more creased appearance line going down all throughout the length of the vehicle.

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The latest photo release of the Aston Martin Rapide super-saloon came ahead of its opening this coming autumn. The super-saloon, which is patterned on a long-wheelbase DB9 chassis, is propelled by a 480 hp, 6.0-liter V12 and costs about £140,000. It should be expected to be slotted between the DB9 and DBS in the company's lineup.

The super-saloon, which closely resembles the concept exhibited at the Detroit Motor Show ins 2006, will come with a 6-speed ZF automatic equipped with Aston Martin's Touchtronic control.

With the exception of its newly added styling line found on the front wing and door, the car basically is in keeping with the attractive, swooping appearance of the original concept with sharper shoulders and hood folds.

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It seems that the Aston Martin Rapide has moved into the final stages (finally!) of its development programme and the officials say that the debut will be made in late 2009 and it will hit the showrooms in early 2009.

According to the official information, the new sedan will carry under the hood the 6.0-liter V12 engine, as we said in our previous report, capable to deliver 470 bhp and 600 Nm of torque.

This engine will be connected to the highly responsive Touchtronic gearbox.

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These are the latest images showing the interior of the Aston Martin Rapide four-door coupe. The photos, which appear to come from a promotional brochure, show the four individual bucket seats and legroom in the rear.

The entertainment system is housed in the front seats and the controls are seen in the back. Features include a foldable bulkhead in the boot to improve practicality, allowing a set of skis to be carried in the car.

Load capacity is reasonable; the Rapide should be slightly larger than the DB9. The car has a two-tone leather interior to match the paintwork.

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Deliveries of Aston Martin's first batch of Rapide sedans will begin in the next few weeks. The Rapide, which is manufactured at the Manga Steyr factory in Graz, Austria, was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

It is Aston Martin's first four-door coupe since production of the Lagonda was stopped in 1989. This model is featured with attractive styling, bi-xenon headlights (with integrated LED sidelights and direction indicators), and clear LED taillights.

For its interior, the car is fitted with leather upholstery, walnut trim, and iridium silver accents. It also gets a rear center console, automatic climate control, individual seating for four, and organic electroluminescent (OEL) instrument displays. Because of its hatchback design, the Rapide has a 750-liter cargo capacity (301 liters with the rear seats up).

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First shown as a concept in 2006, Aston Martin's four-door sports car, the Rapide, is now displayed at the Frankfurt Motor Show in production form. The Rapide is said to cost £150,000 and will be received by its first customers by May 2010. The car is fitted with a hand-built 6-liter V12. Its 470 bhp peak power is delivered at 6000 rpm and 443 lb ft peak torque at 5000 rpm.

Aston Martin continues to add improvements to the car, the latest was a 40mm extra headroom. Chief executive, Dr Ulrich Bez, described the Rapid as the culmination of the Aston Martin range of sports cars, a car that seals the revival of a truly admired marque. He boasts that there is now an Aston Martin for every taste and for every use.

He says with the arrival of the Rapide, the family is now able to enjoy their Aston Martin together. He talked about the visibility, and new levels of comfort, refinement and entertainment. The Rapide has a 301-liter luggage compartment which allows all four passengers to carry soft bags and even sets of skis. The car will be available worldwide in all of Aston Martin's 125 dealerships.

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