2020 Aston Martin Rapide E: The Brand’s First EV

As production of the Aston Martin Rapide winds down, the British brand is working on a fully electric version of its high-performance sedan that will start being delivered to customers at the end 2019.

It was originally planned to be called the RapidE, but the car will instead be named the Rapide E. It will boast a fully electric powertrain developed with the collaboration of Williams Advanced Engineering, consisting of two motors on the rear wheels and a 65-kWh battery pack. The latter will fit where the V12 engine, gearbox and fuel tank used to be located. Output is rated at more than 610 metric horsepower and 700 pound-feet of torque, making substantially more powerful than the outgoing Rapide S, which boasts 552 hp and 465 lb.-ft.

According to Aston Martin, the Rapide E is able to accelerate from 0 to 96 km/h (0-60 mph) in under 4.0 seconds, and can reach a top speed of 240 km/h. And this maximum performance is achieved not only when the battery is fully charged. Driving range is estimated at more than 320 kilometres on the European cycle.

The car’s bodywork has been modified to improve aerodynamics, and new alloy wheels are installed, wrapped in Pirelli P Zero low rolling-resistance tires. The suspension has also been revised, and a limited-slip differential will manage power between the rear wheels.

Only 155 units of the 2020 Aston Martin Rapide E will be built, but pricing hasn’t yet been announced. This will be the company’s first EV, but not the last, as it plans to turn Lagonda into an EV-only sub-brand, starting with a fully electric SUV in 2021.

Share on Facebook

More on the subject

ElectricAston Martin RapidE, the Company’s First All-electric Model
English brand Aston Martin has confirmed the eventual production of their very first electric car, as part of the low- and zero-emission vehicle strategy included in their Second Century Plan. Called the RapidE, the new EV supercar will be based on the upcoming Aston Martin Rapide AMR Concept, but an …
New ModelsAston Martin to Relaunch Lagonda Brand With Electric Luxury SUV
When Aston Martin announced plans in 2008 to revive the Lagonda brand “to develop cars which can have a different character than a sports car… offering exclusive, luxurious and truly versatile products with high quality and usability,” it probably didn’t have a very clear idea of what those products would …
Special EventsExciting Times for Aston Martin
It’s sunny and warm, the Montreal F1 Grand Prix is in full swing in a festive city, and Aston Martin is busy makes waves on and off the track. Laura Schwab, President of Aston Martin The Americas, was in town to finally soak in some Montreal summer sunshine—every time she …
New ModelsA New Aston Martin Hypercar on the Way
Even before starting to produce the Valkyrie, as well as the Valkyrie AMR Pro, the first two hypercars of the English brand, a third one has been confirmed. Baptised 003 for now, this car should arrive on the market at the end of 2021, and should be equipped with a …
New ModelsAston Martin DBX, the British Brand’s First SUV
After unveiling the DBX Concept at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show, Aston Martin clearly indicated that a utility vehicle would eventually be introduced. Meanwhile, almost every manufacturer has at least one in its lineup. In fact, in the past two years, we saw the launch of the Bentley Bentayga , …
NewsThe Aston Martin Valkyrie’s Engine: 1000 Horsepower and 11,100 rpm!
Aston Martin recently unveiled a few technical details of the engine that will equip the upcoming Valkyrie hypercar, and the company is promising the sensation of a 1990s F1 engine matched with modern technology. The naturally aspirated, 6.5-litre V12, developed in collaboration with Cosworth, currently produces 1000 horsepower at 10 …
BuzzJames Bond’s Next Car to be… Electric!
A clear sign of modern times, the world’s top secret agent will drive an electric car in his next movie. James Bond will slip behind the wheel of a 2020 Aston Martin Rapide E , an insider told British newspaper The Sun. Apparently, director Cary Joji Fukunaga (who replaces Danny …
ShanghaiAston Martin Unveils All-Electric Rapide E Sedan in China
Aston Martin’s first electric vehicle—and quite possibly James Bond’s next ride —made its world debut in production form at Auto Shanghai today. The Rapide E has been developed in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering and will be sold as a special-edition model. The Rapide E is powered by an 800V …
Comments