First look at Aston Martin's production-ready Rapide E

First look at Aston Martin's production-ready Rapide E

Only 155 examples of the Rapide E will be built at St. Athan, UK, as part of a new hub for electric-vehicle expertise.

The Rapide E is available to order now, but Aston Martin isn't publishing prices.

Aston Martin worked with Williams Advanced Engineering to create the model.

That power is enough to push the 4400-pound Rapide E to a governed top speed of 155 miles per hour.

The 65 kWh lithium-ion battery pack is made using over 5,600 18650 format battery cells, and is positioned where the original 6.0 litre V12, gearbox and fuel tank were located. This configuration, according to Aston Martin, lets the 800-volt system to operate more efficiently, featuring better charging and thermal characteristics compared to existing electrical architectures.

The vehicle is powered by an 800V 65kh battery pack which replaces the classic 6.0-litre V12, gearbox and fuel tank and two rear-mounted electric motors which produce a combined 610PS and 950Nm of torque. Top speed is rated at 250 km/h. So much so, it reckons a full lap of the Nürburgring is possible "with no performance derating". Rear-wheel drive is standard here, including a mechanical limited-slip differential.

Like the Porsche Taycan that will arrive by the end of the year, and the upcoming (related) Audi e-tron GT that will follow about a year later, the Rapide E takes advantage of 800-volt electrical architecture.

Visually, the all-electric sedan features a re-designed underfloor which funnels engine from the front splitter through to the enlarged rear diffuser. The model's forged aluminium aerodynamic wheels - shod with bespoke low rolling-resistance Pirelli P-Zero tyres - have also been re-designed to give greater efficiency, without compromising brake cooling capability.

Aston puts the sum of the aerodynamic changes at an eight per cent improvement over the combustion-engined model.

Inside, a 10-inch screen replaces gauges for the instrument panel and displays all kinds of fun information, such as battery charge, regenerative performance, and energy consumption.

The car-maker also claims that recharging can be completed in as little as three hours using the high-power on-board AC charger. The V12-powered sedan weighs about 4,400 pounds; Aston hasn't released the electric variant's weight. This includes remaining range, battery status, and time to charge, as well as allowing navigation destinations to be sent from the app to the auto for easy route planning.

No local pricing has been set at this stage for the circa-450kW high-performance electrified Rapide, but Aston Martin Lagonda Asia-Pacific president Patrik Nilsson recently told GoAuto that the company had received expressions of interest on all of the British sports-luxury brand's forthcoming new models - including Rapide E.

Aston Martin is making an all-electric auto.

"Unveiling the Rapide E will be a huge moment for Aston Martin". Only by doing this can we learn and prepare, but also preserve those things we love as drivers and auto enthusiasts. "I believe Rapide E embodies that desire and paves the way for a hugely exciting future".



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