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4 July 2019

Aston Martin's production-ready Rapide E electric luxury saloon has completed the hillclimb at Goodwood's Festival of Speed, marking the model's first dynamic UK appearance.

Previewed by various concepts, this Rapide E is the final version that will be delivered to customers later this year. It is significant both as the first Aston EV and the first model to leave the brand’s new ‘home of electrification’ facility in St Athan, Wales.

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Limited to 155 examples and available to order now at an undisclosed price, the Rapide E features a front end redesigned from the standard Rapide to aid cooling and aerodynamics. It also provides a visual link to Aston’s latest models such as the DBS Superleggera

Less visible but equally significant are the changes to the underfloor, directing airflow from the front splitter to a new, larger rear diffuser made possible by the removal of the exhaust system. Numerous other changes add up to an 8% improvement in aero efficiency over the old petrol-powered Rapide. 

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The interior has been overhauled, too, bringing the nine year-old Rapide’s design up to date with the rest of the range. The most significant upgrade is the 10in digital instrument display showing key information such as battery charge level, motor power levels, energy usage and regenerative braking. Aston also claims extensive use of carbon fibre throughout the cabin to help reduce weight.

The Rapide E’s electric propulsion system is packaged within the space left by the removal of the original 6.0-litre V12 engine. It’s powered by an 800V battery pack encased in carbon fibre and kevlar, feeding two rear-mounted electric motors, making a ‘combined target output’ of just over 602bhp and 701 lb ft of torque.

Aston claims a sub-4.0sec 0-60mph time, a 50-70mph time of 1.5 seconds and a top speed of 155mph. Though those figures don’t better the fastest Tesla models, Aston claims the performance is “not restricted to a narrow window of battery charge of climatic conditions”, instead delivered in a “consistent and repeatable way”. 

The car’s range is pegged at just over 200 miles under the new, more realistic WLTP measuring regime. The 800v, 65kWh battery system is capable of delivering 100kW or higher of battery charge using a suitable charger, while an on-board AC charger can take the Rapide E from empty to full in three hours. 

Aston Martin has also paid careful attention to the Rapide E’s chassis tuning, bringing in revised spring and damper rates and a new limited-slip differential to handle the torque. Three driving modes also feature, while Aston claims the handling characteristics of the Rapide AMR have been retained. 

Aston CEO Andy Palmer commented that the Rapide E’s unveiling marked “a truly historic step. One that signals Aston Martin is prepared for the huge challenge of an environmentally responsible and sustainable future”. 

The Rapide E was first seen on UK soil at the Fully Charged Live show at Silverstone last month, and had previously made its global dynamic debut at Monaco during the recent Formula E race there. 

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16 April 2019

Are you just creating headlines for the sake of it?

How can you consider this limited edition vehicle a rival to the Taycan?

Just 155 examples are going to be built.

And at what price?

How you consider this to be a Taycan rival I do not know.

Get a grip!

16 April 2019
abz2 wrote:

Are you just creating headlines for the sake of it?

How can you consider this limited edition vehicle a rival to the Taycan?

Just 155 examples are going to be built.

And at what price?

How you consider this to be a Taycan rival I do not know.

Get a grip!

They are similar cars, four door sports coupe/saloon type thing, surely whether its electric or not its a similar car and a rival, like a model 3 rivals a 3 series? Agree this electric version of very limited number and undisclosed price count against that but the cars seem a similar concept to me.

16 April 2019

That big gob makes it look like a basking shark!

16 April 2019

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16 April 2019
Gladys09 wrote:

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16 April 2019

An elongated sculpted ...... Peugeot 407! Yes! I always knew that car would become a design benchmark ;)

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16 April 2019

Front has a resemblance to the Fiesta Acive (though I think ford have made a real habit of ripping off aston martin, so this probably goes the other way around).

19 April 2019

Is this supose to be Daniel Craig last Bondmobile in last 007 movie which is filming Bond 25? It was the most talked about Aston Martin for latest mission. To replace his DB10

11 May 2019

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4 July 2019

"Limited to 155 examples and available to order now at an undisclosed price" how does that work then, do you keep handing over money till they say that's enough. OR, do they charge different prices according to demand at the time?

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

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