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First look at Aston Martin's production-ready Rapide E

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Aston Martin has revealed the Rapide E, its first electric production car, in Shanghai
Aston Martin has revealed the Rapide E, its first electric production car, in Shanghai
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The 800V battery pack allows fast, efficient charging
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The 800V battery pack allows fast, efficient charging
The sporty leather interior of the Rapide E. It probably smells terrific
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The sporty leather interior of the Rapide E. It probably smells terrific
The 65-kWh battery pack enables ranges over 200 miles (WLTP)
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The 65-kWh battery pack enables ranges over 200 miles (WLTP)
The carbon/kevlar-ensconced  battery pack
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The carbon/kevlar-ensconced  battery pack
The Rapide E's wheels
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The Rapide E's wheels
Side strakes
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Side strakes
The Rapide E in profile
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The Rapide E in profile
The Rapide E in rear three quarter view
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The Rapide E in rear three quarter view
The Rapide E dash in Sport+ mode, with speedo on the left and a power output reading on the right, up to the vehicle's maximum of 450 kW
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The Rapide E dash in Sport+ mode, with speedo on the left and a power output reading on the right, up to the vehicle's maximum of 450 kW
The Rapide E dash in GT mode
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The Rapide E dash in GT mode
Aston Martin has revealed the Rapide E, its first electric production car, in Shanghai
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Aston Martin has revealed the Rapide E, its first electric production car, in Shanghai

We've been waiting for some time to see the production-ready version of Aston Martin's first all-electric sports car, developed in conjunction with Williams Advanced Engineering – and now the company has unveiled the street-ready Rapide E at Auto Shanghai.

The basic specs of the Rapide E have been known since September last year: it's a rear-wheel-drive sports car making 450 kW (603 hp) and 950 Nm (701 lb-ft) of torque through two motors. A 65-kWh battery pack is located where the 6-liter V12 sits in the combustion Rapide, sheathed in carbon/kevlar. It runs at 800 volts, enabling fast, efficient charging at rates over 100 kW. The onboard AC charger can top the car up in under three hours.

Range will be over 200 miles (322 km) on the tough WLTP standard, and the car offers a limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h) and 0-60 mph (0-98 km/h) times under four seconds.

The carbon/kevlar-ensconced  battery pack
The carbon/kevlar-ensconced  battery pack

And now we know what it looks like in production form. That is, very nice, and quite similar to the sketches Aston put out in 2017 of what it might look like. The official photos are out, and the car is on display in Shanghai.

The sporty leather interior of the Rapide E. It probably smells terrific
The sporty leather interior of the Rapide E. It probably smells terrific

This is our first look at the Rapide E interior, which looks extremely leathery, and we expect it'll smell extremely leathery as well.

The Rapide E dash in Sport+ mode, with speedo on the left and a power output reading on the right, up to the vehicle's maximum of 450 kW
The Rapide E dash in Sport+ mode, with speedo on the left and a power output reading on the right, up to the vehicle's maximum of 450 kW

The traditional dash is replaced by a 10-inch color display, and features the electric take on a tacho – a power output reading in kilowatts, so you can see exactly how much torture you're sending to the rear tires at any time. There will be three driving modes: GT, Sport and Sport+, which control both power delivery and handling characteristics.

Only 155 will be built for sale. Orders are open now, with "prices available on application." Enjoy more photos in the gallery.

Source: Aston Martin

2 comments
guzmanchinky
One of the main strengths of the Tesla is the low center of gravity because the battery pack is in the floor. But this car looks 1000x better of course... :)
warren52nz
"An onboard charger AC charger than can top the car up in under three hours". If that means from dead to full then for a 65 KW-Hr battery the AC supply you plug it into would have to be able to deliver around 25 KW (expect some losses). At 230 VAC that's around 100 amps! That's a special power supply to be sure. But well done pushing the trend to electrics along.