British automaker Aston Martin is best known for being Jame Bond’s car of choice, and massive V12 engines like the one in its just-revealed Vulcan supercar. The Aston Martin DBX Concept is an entirely different beast from the cars we’ve come to expect from the niche luxury automaker, ditching typical large-displacement combustion engine for an electric all-wheel drive powertrain.
The sexy high-riding grand tourer is, according to Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer, “…a challenge to the existing status quo in the high luxury GT segment. It envisages a world, perhaps a world not too far away, when luxury GT travel is not only stylish and luxurious but also more practical, more family-friendly and more environmentally responsible.”
Designed from the ground-up as an electric car, the DBX Concept eschews a traditional engine compartment as it uses in-wheel electric motors at all four corners instead. Auto-dimming glass keeps out unwanted sun and high beams, drive-by-wire allows for precise turning ability, and carbon ceramic brakes mesh with a Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) to extend the unspecified range of this electric GT car. Aston’s only previous electric car attempt (if it can even be called that) was a short-lived, rebadged Toyota iQ called the e Cygnet, and I think Aston would prefer if we were to all just forget about that one. There’s also a hybrid DB9 done with Bosch, but that doesn’t really count if you ask me.
But the DBX Concept is something fresh and new from an automaker steeped in tradition, and while it stands little chance of seeing production as-is, I hope a positive reception will encourage Aston to pursue an electric production car in the same vein.