Following a stunning concept car in 2015 and an official announcement back in 2017, Aston Martin’s very first all-electric car is officially here. Named the Aston Martin Rapide E, this limited run production car is the first in a future evolution of the brand’s range.
At first glance, it’s easy to think that the Rapide E is just an electric conversion of the existing Aston Martin Rapide, it isn’t. Developed in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering, Rapide E merely borrows the chassis and beautiful styling of the Rapide and that’s about it.
The most notable of changes is probably the fact there’s no longer a naturally aspirated 6.0-litre V12 under that long bonnet; instead, there’s now an all-new battery pack encased in a carbon fibre and Kevlar casing.
Utilising over 5,000 lithium-ion cells, that battery pack boasts 800V and 65kWh and is apparently better than other electrical systems when it comes to charging and thermal management.
That bespoke electrical system, built alongside Williams Advanced Engineering, grants the Rapide E the equivalent of 601bhp and 700lb ft of torque. That then translates into a 0-60mph sprint of under four seconds, a 50-70mph sprint of 1.5 seconds and a top speed of 155mph. Impressive, no?
What’s even more impressive is that Aston Martin says Rapide E will be able to accomplish these feats consistently, time-and-time again. In fact, Aston Martin are so confident that their new battery pack never loses efficiency that they’ve been quoted saying that it’ll do an entire lap of the infamous Nürburgring without ever suffering any performance derating.
Despite this focus on performance, the range that Rapide E can cover hasn’t been compromised. That means an estimated WLTP cycle range of over 200 miles and, thanks to the 800V high-voltage battery system, the ability to connect to 100kW chargers for fast charging – 310 miles every hour. There’s also a high-powered AC on-board charger capable of recharging the battery in less than 3 hours when out-and-about.
Of course, the Rapide E is an Aston Martin, meaning that it needs to be more than just powerful, it also needs to drive well. Ensuring that it retains the great driving characteristics of the Rapide, Aston Martin have equipped Rapide E with rear-wheel drive, a limited-slip differential, revised spring and damper rates, a redesigned underfloor and a bigger rear diffuser; the latter two helping to improve aerodynamics.
Dr.Andy Palmer, Aston Martin CEO, said:
“As our first all-electric production car, it [Rapide E] is a truly historic step. As a car company we cannot afford to passively allow that future to come to us; we have to actively chase it.
Only by doing this can we learn and prepare, but also preserve those things we love as drivers and car enthusiasts. That’s why it was so important to me that in embracing EV technology we should not let go of those unique qualities that define an Aston Martin. I believe Rapide E embodies that desire and paves the way for a hugely exciting future.”
Production of the all-new Aston Martin Rapide E will be strictly limited to just 155 examples and will take place at their state-of-the-art St Athan facility – a place otherwise known as the brand’s Home of Electrification. If you find yourself fancying one of your own, then it’s available to order now but price is available on application only.
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