Aston Martin - Rapide E Price: POA
Last Updated On: 15/08/2019
The Aston Martin Rapide E is the company's first all-electric model and will be built at their state-of-the-art St Athan production facility – the brand’s Home of Electrification. Rapide E has been designed to enhance and build on the feel, character and delivery of the V12-engine Rapide AMR.
Rapide E’s exterior and underbody has been aerodynamically optimised and complemented with newly-designed aluminium wheels, created to achieve higher levels of efficiency, frictional loss and cooling performance.
Rapide E is powered by an 800V electrical architecture battery, encased in a Carbon Fibre and Kevlar casing, with a 65kWh installed capacity using over 5600 lithium-ion 18650 format cylindrical cells. These are mounted in a bespoke battery pack where the original 6.0-litre V12, its gearbox and fuel tank were previously located. This battery system powers two rear mounted electric motors producing a combined target output of just over 612PS and a colossal 950Nm of torque making it our most powerful Rapide.
Performance has not been compromised. A true Aston Martin, Rapide E has a top speed of 155mph (249km/h) and a sub 4.0 seconds 0-60mph (97km/h) time and a 50-70mph (80-113km/h) time of just 1.5 seconds.
With a range of over 200 miles under the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP), and a charging capability rate of 185 miles of range per hour using a typical 400V 50kW charger, Rapide E can take you anywhere. The 800V high-voltage battery system enables even faster charging of 310 miles of range per hour, using an 800V outlet delivery 100kW or higher.
The rear wheel drive twin electric motors drive through a Limited-Slip Differential, which when combined with the revised spring and damper rates, ensure the pure handling characteristics of the petrol-powered Rapid AMR are retained.
Inside and out, Rapide E is equipped with the materials and technology befitting of the marque’s first EV model. Gone are the analogue displays of the past. A 10” digital display now sits in their place, delivering all key information to the driver while on the move, including the battery’s state of charge, current motor power levels, regenerative performance and a real-time energy consumption meter. Swathes of carbon fibre have been deployed throughout, assisting in delivering the strict weight targets set by Aston Martin’s engineering team from the outset.
Extending the experience beyond the car, a dedicated app allows key information from the car to be remotely monitored. This powerful dashboard displays remaining range, battery status, and time to charge, as well as allowing navigation destinations to be sent from the app to the car for easy route planning. The car’s parking spot can also be seen via the app, with walking directions provided to help re-locate it in busy locations. Finally, the health and status of Rapide E can also be tracked from the app, providing reminders such as when a key service is due.
The Rapide E will have a production run of just 155 examples.