The first all-electric Aston Martin Rapide E has arrived. It is still every essence of an Aston Martin. The vehicle officially debuted at the Shanghai Motor Show and reportedly will be featured in the next James Bond film. The Rapide E will be a limited-edition model with only 155 production units. Dr. Andy Palmer, CEO and President stated, “Unveiling the Rapide E is a huge moment for Aston Martin.”
The Rapide E’s exterior and underbody has been aerodynamically optimized with newly-designed aluminum wheels. The automaker diligently worked on developing and tuning the electric powertrain and the chassis for all three driving modes. The Williams Advanced Engineering (Aston Martin and the Formula One design team) designed this model to enhance the driving experience of the V12-engine Rapide AMR. They took out the 595-hp 6.0-liter engine, 12-cylinder, gearbox and gas tank, and replaced it with a 65-kWh battery. It is powered by an 800V electrical architecture battery fit in Carbon Fiber and Kevlar casing.
The battery system powers two rear mounted electric motors making it the most powerful Rapide with 604-hp and 700 lb-ft of torque. These numbers are both more than the gas-powered version. It hits 0-60 mph in 4.0 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph. The interior features a 10-inch display with a companion app that communicates typical EV information remotely, like where the car is parked, plus provides directions to that location.
The Aston Martin Rapide E has a range of over 200 miles under the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) with a charging capability rate of 185 miles per hour using a typical 400V 50kW charger. The 800V high-voltage batter system gives a faster charge of 310 miles of range per hour. This electric vehicle can literally take you anywhere in style. The Rapide E is available to order with pricing disclosed on application (rumors have it around $300K).
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