Aston Martin has revealed the Lagonda Rapide E, the final iteration of its first all-electric production car. Rapide E made its world debut at the Shanghai motor show. Production of this vehicle is limited to 155 units.
Rapide E is powered by an 800V electrical battery encased in carbon fibre and Kevlar. This 65kWh battery pack lies where the original 6.0-litre V12, gearbox and fuel tank were located. It powers two rear-mounted electric motors producing a combined target output of just over 610PS and a colossal 950Nm of torque. It’s said to offer more efficient charging and greatly improved thermal characteristics over existing electric engines.
Top speed is 249km/h (155mph), and it accelerates from 0-100km in just over four seconds. Rapide E’s range is over 321km (200 miles) and can be charged within an hour. A standard AC power output requires 3 hours. Aston Martin says Rapide E delivers performance consistent with its traditional vehicles including the ability to drive a full lap of the Nürburgring with no derating of the battery or the electric motors.
At the front end, traditional metal vanes give way to a striking honeycomb front grille. With lower cooling requirements thanks to the electric powertrain, Aston Martin’s engineers have been given freedom to minimise airflow through the car’s body, improving the aerodynamic efficiency and increasing range.
Removal of the exhaust also led to a redesigned underfloor that streamlines airflow from the front splitter to the new larger rear diffuser. Forged aluminium aerodynamic wheels feature bespoke low rolling-resistance Pirelli P-Zero tyres.
Inside, a 10-inch digital display delivers all essential information including the battery’s state of charge, current motor power levels, regenerative performance and a real-time energy consumption meter. Swathes of carbon fibre have been deployed throughout the cabin, assisting with those high levels of Aston Martin prestige and also delivering the strict weight targets set by engineering.
Extending beyond the car, a dedicated app will operate as a portable dashboard, allowing key information from the vehicle to be monitored remotely. Also route planning, car parking and service reminders can be set.