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Aston Martin Is Working On an All-Electric, 1000-Horsepower Rapide for 2017

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Aston Martin is the latest in a series of luxury automakers to announce the addition of a battery-powered sports car to its fleet. The British company announced this week that it’s working on an all-electric version of its current Rapide sports car — and it will be available as early as at the end of 2017, says CEO Andy Palmer.

“We’re talking about an electric Aston Martin with between 800 and 1,000 horsepower — imagine having all that torque on demand,” Palmer told Automotive News.

Yes, imagine all that torque on demand. Just don’t call it a ‘Tesla killer’.

Palmer was very clear that Aston Martin’s direction toward electric vehicles did not mean a move toward a more affordable product, which is something he believes will happen with Elon Musk’s Teslas. Aston Martin is not interested in the middle market, and the electric Rapide will not deviate from the luxury route. Palmer says Aston Martin will stay away from anything “vanilla in the middle.”

H/T Automotive News

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