The Aston Martin Rapide E is slated to be the first completely electric production model from the brand, due to begin delivery of its 155 unit model run in late 2019.
With Williams Advanced Engineering providing the electric powertrain tech, Aston Martin claims the Rapide E will produce 449kW/950Nm, with a 0-97km/h (0-60mph) sprint in under four seconds, and a range of more than 320km.
Aston says these figures are not just the peak when the battery is totally charged, but should be achievable throughout the battery life (aside from the range, of course).
“Instead the target is for maximum performance on-demand throughout majority of the battery state of charge window, as would be expected from a conventional internal combustion-engined car.”
Pirelli P-Zero tyres will provide the grip, while Aston has made changes to the suspension and granted the twin-electric motors access to the rear wheels only, via a limited-slip differential.
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In terms of how the vehicle’s weight will change through electrification, Aston says “strict weight targets have been stringently observed using lightweight alloys and carbon composite materials.”
*Pictured 2015 Aston Martin RapidE concept engine bay
Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer says he’s ‘particularly satisfied’ to be working with Williams Advanced Engineering to create the Rapide E.
“Environmental responsibility and sustainability is a global challenge faced by us all,” Palmer says.
“As a career automotive engineer, I’m proud that the car industry is leading the way in finding long-term solutions and reducing harmful emissions.
*Pictured 2015 Aston Martin RapidE concept
“As our first all-electric production model, Rapide E will fast-track our knowledge and help us ensure the character and high-performance capabilities of our future EV models and enhance the unique qualities found in all Aston Martins as we know them today.
“Rapide E will also serve as a critical step on our path to re-launching Lagonda as the world’s first zero-emission luxury marque”.