Aston Martin Rapide E revealed in manufacturing specification
As its title suggests, the Rapide E relies on the petrol-powered Rapide, however instead of the 5.9-litre V12 engine, automated transmission and gasoline tank is now a 65kWh lithium ion battery pack. The battery pack is then encased in carbonfibre and kevlar, and cooled or heated to take care of superb effectivity. That battery pack then goes on to feed two electrical motors mounted on the rear axle that collectively produce a peak energy of 601bhp, with 701lb ft of torque – each of which can be found from zero rpm.
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The ability is then despatched to the rear wheels through a limited-slip differential, which is ready to ship the Rapide E to 62mph in underneath 4 seconds, with 50-70mph achieved in simply 1.5sec. This sort of speedy acceleration is typical of high-powered electrical fashions, and mockingly makes this most effective Rapide additionally the quickest.
The vary is said at over 200 miles on the brand new WLTP cycle, and the automotive is ready to be recharged in as little as 40 minutes through the inbuilt 800V circuitry from 100kW cost factors. Extra widespread 50kW chargers will nonetheless cost the batteries in round 90 minutes, if situations are appropriate, after all.
Aesthetically, the Rapide E doesn’t deviate removed from the usual mannequin, sharing a few of it’s new styling options with the current Rapide AMR. Shared components embody the entrance fascia and facet skirts, however the lack of a rear exhaust system has allowed Aston Martin’s designers to dramatically reshape the rear diffuser and underbody, cleansing up airflow from beneath the physique. Aston Martin has additionally fitted new cast alloy wheels, and blue-tinted carbonfibre particulars dotted across the exterior.
The inside has undergone extra refined adjustments, with the identical carbon sprint as discovered within the AMR. The basic analogue dial pack fitted to the usual Rapide has additionally been changed by a brand new 10-inch display screen to show all of the related EV-centric data.
The Rapide E would possibly look acquainted, however it’s a massive step for an organization which has vowed to place electrification proper on the prime of its product plans sooner or later. Regardless of the fundamental Rapide’s relative age, as an train in Aston Martin’s ambition in the direction of electrification, the Rapide E is a stark assertion of intent, and fairly a distinction to the Rapide we first noticed in idea kind all the way in which again in 2006. Costs for the restricted mannequin are ‘on request’, with orders being taken instantly for deivery later this yr, and into 2020.