Aston Martin Rapide E details

Aston Martin has released more details of its upcoming fully-electric Rapide, a car which has been in the pipeline for quite some time. Now confirmed as the Rapide E, rather than the slightly clunkier RapidE moniker assigned to it previously, it is set to become the most powerful iteration of the model when it reaches customers next year.

Built in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering - which made headlines most recently for its work on Singer's 'Dynamics and Lightweighting Study' - the Rapide E's twin electric motors will produce over 610hp and 700lb ft of torque. That would be enough to propel the car from 0-60 in less than four seconds and on to a top speed of 155mph.

Aston, of course, claims that its first EV is aimed above offerings from a certain US manufacturer; comparisons seem somewhat inevitable, though, so here we go. A Ludicrous Plus equipped P100d develops 610hp and 713lb ft for a 0-60mph time of 2.4 seconds and a top speed of 155mph. That would make it quite a bit quicker off the line than the Rapide E, but Aston CEO Andy Palmer says that outright speed isn't the Rapide's focus.

Palmer previously told Autocar that it was designed to target "those guys looking for something above Tesla. That customer probably isn't looking for 'Ludicrous mode'. Our offer will have very credible acceleration - equal to a petrol Aston Martin - but you'll be able to drive the car rapidly all the way around the Nurburgring without it derating or conking out on you."

Shots fired! To back up Palmer's claims, the Rapide E will be able to call on all of its performance at almost any level of charge. This will bestow it with "the ability to cope with the daily demands of repeated hard acceleration and braking" or allow it to complete a full lap of the aforementioned circuit with "absolutely no derating of the battery". The Tesla on the other hand has been known to see its performance tail off as its battery drains, with one test seeing its 0-60 time rise by over 50 per cent as its power reserves depleted.

Aside from its powertrain, Aston has gone to great lengths to ensure its EV doesn't stand out too much. Though a unique set of aerodynamic wheels will tell it apart from the rest of the range visually, the spring and damper rates of the Rapide E have been recalibrated specifically to emulate the driving characteristics of its petrol powered peers. And it should be able to keep up with them on the autobahn, too, with that 155mph top speed able to be maintained continuously for more than 10 minutes.

As for range, Aston quotes a distance of "over 200 miles" based on the new WLTP tests, while Tesla reckons the P100D can make it around 330 miles on a single charge (although that figure is based on the notoriously unrealistic NEDC test). Meanwhile, a regular Rapide can travel over 400 miles on a single tank. When it comes to charging, an 800v outlet will allow the Rapide E to fully recharge in around 45 minutes.

The Rapide E will be built at Aston Martin's new St. Athan production facility, recently announced as the 'Home of Electrification' for both the Aston Martin and Lagonda brands. Interest can be registered now through the usual channels, with the first customer deliveries scheduled for the end of 2019. With just 155 examples to go around, though, you'd better be quick!

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  • HardMiles 12 Sep 2018

    Just been sick in my mouth.

    Why oh why is every man and his dog believing that a car that is almost unrecyceable and will only have a lifespan of circa 20 years tops before it is all old tech, that is worse for the environment to produce, that the national grid soon will not be able to support, (petrol hybrids get worse mpg and use twice the sum of fuel as normal cars too, so essentially doubling the cO2 outputs stated) it makes no sense!

    If someone has a way to recycle the cars (stop using carbon except for race cars) too as that becomes ocean fill (what else can you do with it?), then I’d be interested. People are being super short sighted, the next 3 years saving 40 quid in tax, for what?

    Petrol cars produce some CO2, but that’s plant food, they need it to breathe?!!!!! Then they make us oxygen.

    Tell me I’m wrong (sure the Tesla drivers will), but a car that was manufactured in the 70’s and is still being used MUST be more efficient overall than the manufacturing of 10 new cars and running them still? Plus you can crush the thing and the use it, which you cannot do with a li-ion battery.

    Still, at least the government are ploughing millions of pounds into it too. We will likely have to go Nuclear power to keep up with all the really nice green people charging their cars overnight soon in order to keep up.

    You can stick electric cars where the sun doesn’t shine.

  • cvega 12 Sep 2018

    wow. so much anger over there.
    Non recyclable? inefficient?
    I think you need to refresh your knowledge of EV cars bud.

  • Marwood79 12 Sep 2018

    Hard Miles - we're not going to get from A-Z in one hit are we?... If you don't permit the increments on the grounds of their 'imperfection' that kind of ruins progress... currebt tech is unsustainable - so what are you going to do?

  • Charybdis 12 Sep 2018

    What about packaging? Where do the battery packs go? I mean one of the good things about a tesla is the battery low down in the floor, resulting in great transport capacity and low center of gravity.

  • Colonel D 12 Sep 2018

    cvega said:
    wow. so much anger over there.
    Non recyclable? inefficient?
    I think you need to refresh your knowledge of EV cars bud.
    It's the equivalent of sticking fingers in your ears and saying "la la la lalaaaaa I'm not listening so it doesn't count" almost listening to as much noise as they complain about from EV

    I've said before I'm not really interested in an EV but it will go that way, what we're seeing now is just the beginning, and it's pretty cool seeing how they're changing, becoming better bit by bit, and more manufacturers jumping on board we might see a few more cars like the Chinese Nio EP9

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