Aston Martin Rapide E Revealed, 602bhp Monster Will Be Limited To 155 Examples
Aston Martin has today confirmed a raft of technical details for the strictly limited 155-unit special edition, the Aston Martin Rapide E. The Rapide E will mark Aston Martin’s first venture into making an all-electric production car. The company is working closely with Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE) as its development partner.
The Aston Martin Rapide E will be powered by an 800V battery electrical architecture with 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 located.
This battery system powers two rear-mounted electric motors producing a combined target output of just over 610PS and a colossal 950Nm of torque. The Rapide E’s range target is over 200 miles.
Aston Martin is targeting a performance benchmark of a 155mph top speed, with a sub-4.0sec 0-60mph time and a 50-70mph time of just 1.5sec.
Aston Martin wants the Rapide E to have maximum performance on-demand throughout the majority of the battery state of charge window, as would be expected from a conventional internal combustion-engined car.
The car’s exterior and underbody has also been aerodynamically optimised and complemented with newly-designed aerodynamic wheels.
The Rapide E’s bespoke tyres aim to deliver a lower rolling resistance and reduced cavity noise, while still delivering improved agility.
The rear-wheel-drive Rapide E’s twin electric motors will drive through a Limited-Slip Differential, and revised spring and damper rates.
Rapide E will be built at the upcoming St. Athan production facility, announced as the future ‘Home of Electrification’ for both the Aston Martin and Lagonda brands.
Pricing is available on application or invitation only. Rumors suggest it will likely cost around £250,000 GBP.
We think the Aston Martin Rapide E will cost twice as much after all Aston Martin is a low volume manufacturer and the Rapide E is a high-cost development.
As such and due to the limited quantities, recouping the money spent means the Rapide E will be expensive