About the Aston martin Rapide E
Aston Martin's very first electric car - and apparently the next James Bond racing car - was unveiled today as a standard version at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show. The Rapide E was developed in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering and will be marketed as a special edition.
Using an 800-volt electrical architecture (a standard not yet available in North America), the Rapide E uses a 65 kWh lithium-ion battery to power two rear-mounted electric motors. These provide power just over 600 horsepower and 700 pound-feet of torque. Autonomy rises to more than 320 kilometers according to the WLTP global test protocol, a figure that would probably be revised to a little less than 300 kilometers at home.
In addition, the engineers paid particular attention to the powertrain and chassis settings by programming the three driving modes: GT, Sport, and Sport +. The two engines in question are connected by a limited-slip differential that promotes better handling, as well as newly calibrated springs and dampers.
Physically, the Rapide E is 8% more aerodynamic than the outgoing combustion model, thanks to an optimized front section, a redesigned subfloor, a new larger rear diffuser, and forged aluminum aerodynamic wheels that use Pirelli P-Zero tires with low rolling resistance.
Inside, carbon fiber is used extensively to give the car more style while reducing the weight of it. Analog dials have been replaced by a 10-inch digital display displaying all the essential data, such as battery status, real-time power consumption, and regenerative braking performance. An application also allows the driver to stay informed remotely.
As previously announced, the Aston Martin Rapide E will be limited to 155 units, all manufactured at the modernized facility in St. Athan, England. Orders are already launched and the price is revealed during the process.