No local pricing has been set at this stage for the circa-450kW high-performance electrified Rapide, but Aston Martin Lagonda Asia-Pacific president Patrik Nilsson recently told GoAuto that the company had received expressions of interest on all of the British sports-luxury brand's forthcoming new models - including Rapide E.
Power from the battery is fed to two electric motors mounted on the rear axle and linked to a Limited-Slip Differential. In its place sits a bespoke battery pack encased in carbon fibre and Kevlar, using more than 5,600 lithium-ion cells.
The original 6.0-liter V12 engine has been swapped for an 800V battery with a 65kWh capacity that produces 950Nm of torque and has a range of over 200 miles. And, because of that fancy new battery, Aston says the Rapide E "will deliver its performance in a consistent and repeatable way as would be expected from a traditional Aston Martin". The Aston's 800V system allowing for more efficient charging and greatly improved thermal characteristics over existing electrical architectures.
Those numbers may not seem particularly mind-bending when viewed through a Ludicrous Mode-coated, Tesla-shaped lens, but Aston's project has been developed in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering, and as CEO Andy Palmer has previously stated, the Rapide E is not focussed on outright performance. Apparently, the Rapide E is created to deliver performance in a consistent and repeatable way, including the ability to lap the Nürburgring with no performance derating of the battery or the motors. However, the Rapide E also offers fast charging for a range of 310 miles per hour.
In fact, it will also emulate the feel, character and delivery of the V12-engined Rapide AMR, and features three drive modes - GT, Sport and Sport+. Thanks to the reduced need for cooling, a new honeycomb grille forms part of an optimised front end, while the removal of the exhaust pipe has allowed for the implementation of a redesigned underfloor and full-width rear diffuser. The company states, "the sum of these changes gives Rapide E's aerodynamic package an 8% improvement over the previous internal combustion model". The health and status of Rapide E can also be tracked from the app, providing reminders such as when service is due. One that signals Aston Martin is prepared for the huge challenge of an environmentally responsible and sustainable future.
"As our first ever all-electric production vehicle, it is truly a historic step", explains Aston boss Andy Palmer.
"As a vehicle company, we can not afford to passively allow that future to come to us". 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.