Aston Martin’s first fully electric sports car
If you want to join a very elite car club you’re going to have to be quick as Aston Martin Bristol is taking enquiries now from car enthusiasts keen to be among the lucky few to buy Aston Martin’s first fully electric sports car, the Aston Martin Rapide E.
Rapide E performance
The standard Aston Martin Rapide 6.0-litres V12 engine will make way for an 800-volt battery set-up, producing the equivalent of 602bhp - that’s 15bhp more than the stunningly quick Aston Martin Rapide AMR.
The zero-emission electric powertrain will deliver a 0-60mph time of less than 4 seconds. Top speed is rumoured to be around the 155mph mark. Aston Martin is also promising a range of at least 200 miles on a single charge. That charge is likely to take just an hour on a 400V 50kW charger.
Each rear wheel will be drive by a separate electric motor, there will be a unique braking system and new spring and damper settings to reflect the weight distribution of the electric powertrain. The body and underfloor aerodynamics will be tweaked to reduce drag and improve efficiency, although it will very much remain a four-door Aston Martin Rapide from the outside.
What Aston Martin's CEO has to say
Aston Martin President and CEO, Dr Andy Palmer, said of the Aston Martin Rapide E: “Having unveiled the Rapide E Concept back in October 2015 we reach another milestone with the confirmation that we are now putting the first all-electric Aston Martin into production.
“Rapide E represents a sustainable future in which Aston Martin’s values of seductive style and supreme performance don’t merely co-exist alongside a new zero-emission powertrain, but are enhanced by it.
“The internal combustion engine has been at the heart of Aston Martin for more than a century and will continue to be for years to come. Rapide E will showcase Aston Martin’s vision, desire and capability to successfully embrace radical change, delivering a new breed of car that stays true to our ethos and delights our customers.”
Register your interest in the new Aston Martin Rapide E today with Aston Martin Bristol and be among the first to experience the thrill of the next generation of Aston Martin sports cars.