Aston Martin traveled to the 2019 Shanghai Auto Present to unveil an electrical variant of its Rapide S sport sedan appropriately referred to as Rapide E. Manufacturing is strictly restricted to 155 examples globally, and one in all them has already been spoken for by James Bond.
The British agency enlisted the assistance of Williams Superior Engineering to show the Rapide S into the Rapide E. Williams isn’t a family title, however it was properly positioned to assist Aston Martin as a result of it has developed battery packs for Formulation E race vehicles since 2014. Collectively, the companions designed a zero-emissions powertrain constructed round a 65-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack that occupies the area unlocked by tossing out the 6.Zero-liter V12 engine, the eight-speed computerized transmission, and the gas tank. The pack is enclosed in a protecting casing made with carbon fiber and Kevlar as a way to preserve weight in test whereas giving house owners one thing fascinating to take a look at after they pop open the hood.
The battery pack zaps a pair of electrical motors into motion. They channel 610 horsepower and 700 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels by way of a limited-slip differential. Aston Martin quotes a zero-to-60-mph time of about 4 seconds flat, and a high pace that’s electronically restricted to 155 mph. Considerably, the corporate guarantees the Rapide E can speed up time and again with out degrading its battery or its motors, and it could actually full one full lap of the grueling Nürburgring monitor in Germany with out sending its drivetrain into limp mode.
To place a number of the aforementioned figures into perspective, the gasoline-powered Rapide S makes use of a mighty, 12-cylinder engine rated at 552 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. It takes four.four seconds to achieve 60 mph from a standstill, and it tops out at 203 mph. Aston Martin hasn’t revealed what number of kilos the Rapide placed on throughout its electrical transformation; the usual mannequin suggestions the dimensions at a not-insignificant four,400 kilos.
Aston Martin quotes a driving vary of about 200 miles. An 800-volt electrical system just like the one Porsche is creating for the Taycan will channel about 310 miles of vary per hour, that means motorists who discover a suitable charging station will have the ability to drive away with a full cost in below 60 minutes. Those that favor plugging in at residence might want to wait about three hours for a full cost. Both means, a smartphone utility will let house owners remotely search for key details about the automobile, like its charging standing and its remaining vary.
Visually, the Rapide E seems to be quite a bit just like the Rapide S. The modifications embody a drivetrain-specific grille, and new-look alloy wheels wrapped by Pirelli P-Zero tires. Crawl below it and also you’ll see it will get a redesigned underbody that channels air from the entrance splitter to the rear diffuser. Inside, the largest distinction between the E and the S is a 10.Zero-inch digital instrument cluster.
The 155 examples of the Rapide E will come to life in a brand-new new manufacturing facility situated in St. Athan, Wales. Aston Martin will solely reveal pricing info “on utility,” so don’t count on a cut price.