2020 Aston Martin Rapide E Electric

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2020 MODEL
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$270,000

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The Rapide E sports a pair of electric motors mounted in the rear and give a total output of over 600 horsepower. Aston Martin has also stated the method used to mount the electric motors over the rear-axle is different from the one used on other popular electric saloons, such as the extremely successful Tesla Model S, which has one motor driving both axles, front and rear, thus effectively making it four-wheel drive. In contrast, the Aston is a rear-wheel drive vehicle.

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 2020 Aston Martin Rapide E electric Base

Base

power
602 hp
fuel
TBD
mpg
TBD

$270,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr sedan Starting at $270,000 MSRP TBD 602 hp,
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Single Speed automatic TBD TBD

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial March 25, 2019

Aston Martin has revealed their upcoming luxury saloon car, the electric Rapide E, only a few details have been revealed at this point, the final production model might not deviate from the prototype model shown by the British marque. Bookings may start later this year when the Rapide E gets revealed as a 2020 model, although there is no date for deliveries yet.

The Rapide E sports a pair of electric motors mounted in the rear and give a total output of over 600 horsepower. Aston Martin has also stated the method used to mount the electric motors over the rear-axle is different from the one used on other popular electric saloons, such as the extremely successful Tesla Model S, which has one motor driving both axles, front and rear, thus effectively making it four-wheel drive. In contrast, the Aston is a rear-wheel drive vehicle.

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Aston Martin Rapide E Specifications

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Electric motor

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Transmission

1-speed

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Power

600+ HP (expected)

Torque

730+ lb. ft. (expected)

Weight

4380 lb. (expected)

Electric cars are not only the future, but in fact, they are the present. US auto market is especially welcoming to this unconventional mode of transport, with Tesla, a manufacturer that offers only electric vehicles, becoming one of the most popular brands in the country. Other car brands are also switching over to electric cars, some quicker than others. Aston Martin’s latest unveiling, the Rapide E is one such electric offering.

2020 Aston Martin Rapid E Design

True to Aston Martin’s heritage, the new Rapide E is a beautiful looking car. That’s because the car looks exactly like a usual Rapide Saloon car, differentiated only by the decals on the body. The silhouette is as pretty as any other Aston ever made, and because of the longer cabin and balanced proportions of the Rapide, the design looks much more well balanced. The aforementioned decals aren’t universally appreciated though. Some would argue that the addition of such livery distracts from the classy timeless design. Others feel like this is quite a necessary factor for differentiating between the gasoline and electric car.

2020 Aston Martin Rapid E Powertrain 

The prototype showcased by Aston, and with input from Williams Advanced Engineering, doesn’t yet have the electric output claimed by the company. The plans for the production model show 600 horsepower and 1000 Nm (738-lb. ft.) of torque, with a, claimed 0-60 MPH sprint time of around 4 seconds, which is what the Rapide S takes for the same feat. The prototype model though, only sported a 30-kWh battery, just enough for showing the project around. Apart from the lack of power, the lack of sound is also quite disconcerting. The silent drivetrain will be one of the biggest departures from traditional Aston cars, which are known for an exciting yet pleasing engine sound from their V8 and V12 motors.

While this prototype electric Rapide isn’t anywhere close to finished, it does demonstrate what the British marque has in its sight. The luxury auto giant has also previously voiced its plans of transforming completely into a luxury brand, one with a much diverse product line than just cars, such as yachts, and even watches. Surprisingly though, Aston has had quite a success with the Rapide E, even before the production has begun. The company claims that they have already taken orders for the car, with the entire production run already sold out.

Aston’s electric Rapide will be an extremely premium offering, and although comparisons with Tesla’s lineup is inevitable, the company claims that their electric cars will occupy a spot above in the market, closer to Rolls Royce than Mercedes-Benz. Also, the company is planning to offer electric conversion kits for its older, vintage models. These won’t require any modification to the chassis, but rather be a reversible process involving de-mounting the engine and transmission, and then mounting a battery and motor combo in its place.

The reason for the reversible nature in the conversion is because if the owner feels like the battery driven car isn’t exciting enough and wishes to have the appeal of an old-timey gasoline engine, and is fine with not being able to drive on public roads (due to strict emission norms) they would be able to do so, provided they cough up the cash.