Rumor is the next James Bond movie will be electrifying. James Bond reportedly is going green with the Aston Martin Rapide E. Almost anyone you ask will associate the Aston Martin brand with the spy James Bond. The 007 franchise and Aston Martin began their symbiotic relationship in 1964’s “Goldfinger” with a DB5. The partnership is set to continue in the 25th Bond film currently using the working title “Shatterhand.” There is no additional information regarding the plot of the film, but it has been reported that it will feature a special Aston Martin. The publication, The Sun, quoted a source saying director Cary Joji Fukunaga is a “total tree-hugger” and is “working directly with Aston Martin to get one of their electric cars ready for its big close-up.”
The Rapide E will start delivery to customers in the fourth quarter of this year, but the film supposedly starts filming next month. If the rumors are true, Aston Martin will have to rush to get a vehicle ready in time. According to The Sun, the car will be at the “center of an incredible action sequence” and come equipped with a number of “high-tech gadgets.” The Rapid E sedan will definitely be fully loaded with anything you could anticipate from a James Bond film.
This will be Aston Martin’s first electric vehicle packed with a 65 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The battery pack powers two electric motors producing a combined output of more than 602 hp and 701 lb-ft of torque. Aston is predicting an acceleration from 0-60 in less than four seconds, with a top speed of approximately 155 mph. It will be able to travel more than 200 miles on a single charge, following standards of the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure. The production of the Rapid E will be limited to 155 units, and priced starting at $300,000.
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