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Aston Martin RapidE EV to go into production by 2018 with Chinese help

Aston Martin and LeEco have agreed to co-develop a production version of the Aston Martin RapidE electric sedan. Overnight Aston Martin confirmed that it had signed a memorandum of understanding of Chinese electronics firm LeEco, formerly known Letv. LeEco and Aston Martin hope to have the all-electric RapidE on the market by 2018...

Aston Martin RapidE EV concept unveiled, may be built within two years

The Aston Martin RapidE electric car concept has been unveiled during the official state visit of Chinese president Xi Jinping to the UK. The new Rapide-based concept car was revealed overnight at Lancaster House in London, where the Chinese president met with members of the royal family, including Prince William and his wife Catherine Middleton...

2018 Aston Martin Rapide will bring 600kW electric heart to party - report

Andy Palmer, the outspoken boss of British prestige marque Aston Martin, says the next Rapide will offer a heroic electric option - and that Tesla’s latest power upgrade, Ludicrous Mode, “is stupid”. Speaking with industry journal Automotive News at this week’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California, Palmer promised his company is pulling out all the stops on the next generation of its sleek four-door coupe...

Aston Martin Rapide to be replaced by next-gen Lagonda sedan, new DBX crossover

The Aston Martin Rapide will not enter a second generation, instead it will be replaced by two vehicles: a new Lagonda sedan and a DBX crossover. Speaking with Car and Driver about the company's model plan for its next-generation of vehicles, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer explained there are three legs to the company's current plans: "First is replacing the entire sports car range; second is the DBX, and that appeals to a different set of audiences; and the third is the sports sedan, which will carry that beautiful badge"...

2015 Aston Martin Vanquish, Rapide S gain eight-speed auto

Both the Aston Martin Vanquish and Rapide S have been updated for the 2015 model year with a new eight-speed transmission, as well as a smidge more power and torque. Dubbed Touchtronic III by Aston Martin's marketing department, the ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox will be fitted as standard on all MY2015 Aston Martin Vanquish and Rapide S models...

Aston Martin Rapide S Hydrogen Hybrid makes history at the Nurburgring

History has been made at the Nurburgring this weekend with the Aston Martin Rapide S Hydrogen Hybrid claiming the first ever zero-emissions lap in an international motor race at the 41st ADAC Zurich Nurburgring 24 Hours in Germany. Based on the recently released Aston Martin Rapide S road car – the 6...

Aston Martin Rapide S: hydrogen version to race at Nurburgring

A hydrogen-powered Aston Martin Rapide S is being prepared to run in this year's Nurburgring 24-hour race. The car will still use its normally aspirated V12 petrol engine and fuel tank, but will also incorporate a liquid hydrogen reservoir. The specially built Rapide S will be capable of running on either petrol or pure hydrogen, the latter producing zero emissions at race speeds...

Aston Martin Rapide Bertone Jet 2+2 shooting brake revealed

The one-off Aston Martin Rapide Bertone Jet 2+2 has broken cover ahead of its unveiling at next month's 2013 Geneva motor show. The unique Aston Martin Rapide-based shooting brake was commissioned by an Aston Martin collector on the strict condition that it would be the only one of its kind...

Aston Martin Rapide S: new sports model replacing existing GT

The new Aston Martin Rapide S has been released by the iconic British marque, replacing the standard four-door sports car with a more powerful model featuring updated looks, and new options. Compared to the outgoing Rapide, the new four-seat Aston Martin Rapide S gets 60kW more power – a 17 per cent increase – and 20Nm more torque, with the tweaked version of the naturally aspirated AM11 6...

Aston Martin Rapide S: hotter Panamera S rival coming

The Aston Martin Rapide S has been spied near the Nurburgring in Germany as the UK-based luxury sports car maker prepares a hotter version of its flagship ‘four-door coupe’ for showrooms. CarAdvice’s spy photographers first captured this pale blue Rapide prototype at the ’Ring more than 12 months ago although its fine-tuning is believed to have taken a backseat to the development of the new Aston Martin Vanquish sports car...

Aston Martin Rapide sets off on tour of Alaska

Aston Martin will showcase the durability of its four-door sportscar, the Rapide, by embarking on a tour of the northernmost state of the USA today. American motoring scribe, Patrick Paternie, will bring the Rapide from Anchorage to Prudhoe Bay, right into the Arctic Circle, in a 1980km round trip...