Multiple reports from England have spilled the beans: Aston Martin is working on a Model S killer that might actually be able to outdo Tesla’s Ludicrous Mode. The future pure electric car is supposed to be bristling with British manliness as well as 1,000 horsepower, which far outmuscles anything that Tesla has in production at the moment.
Elon Musk has been pretty smug about his criticism of basically the entire automotive industry, even making claims that no other automaker can put out vehicles that really compete with anything Tesla has in production. While some of his more mindless followers are convinced that Musk has rode in on a white chariot to utterly obliterate all car companies, it’s more likely that his taunting is more of a way to force everyone else to start playing the EV game and save face. After all, Musk has said on many occasions that his whole goal is to promote vehicle electrification and move us as a society beyond petroleum being used as a fuel.
Aston Martin has heard the taunts and seems to be preparing to respond in a most appropriate way. While the electric model apparently hasn’t been greenlit for production quite yet, it’s anticipated that it will launch in 2020, which is when several other competitors plan to have Model S rivals in the hands of consumers.
A few details exist about the prototype Aston Martin EV. The Telegraph spoke with Andy Palmer, the company’s CEO, about the car. Not only did Palmer confirm that the prototype does indeed exist, but he also said that engineers are working hard on battery placement so the car has a 50/50 weight distribution. Interestingly enough, during the interview Palmer slammed the Cygnet, saying it was a mistake. He also said that the future Aston Martin electric car will “sit squarely above… Tesla.” In other words, the British model would be more luxurious, more prestigious and maybe more performance-oriented.
Palmer also said that the future vehicle would look like the Rapide and send power to all four wheels. Now to wait and see if it becomes reality.