Aston Martin will work largely on producing combustion engine vehicles for customers who value the sound and feel of a V8 or V12 engine. For customers who want to enjoy the quiet power of electric motors, there is Lagonda, executives said.
The Rapide E is an electric version of the gas-powered Rapide S. The car was designed to that he keeps as much as possible the driving feel of the V12-powered Rapide S., according to Aston Martin.
The designers and engineers of Aston Martin slightly changed the body of the sleek four-door Rapide to improve aerodynamics. Since electric cars consume much less air than gasoline cars, the Rapide E's grille has been modified to allow less air flow. The area under the body was also designed so that the air can flow under the car quiet.
Batteries for the 602-hp car are housed where the V12 engine, transmission and fuel tank would go into the gasoline version. The car can cost more than 200 miles, according to Aston Martin. It can go from zero to 60 mph in less than four seconds and its top speed is 155 mph.
Inside, the usual analog meter has been replaced by a digital display.
The rear-wheel-drive vehicle is powered by two rear-mounted electric motors.
The car can be ordered now. Prices are only available on order, however, said the company. It is expected to cost something over £ 250,000, or about $ 330,000. Prices for the gasoline-powered Rapide S start at just over $ 200,000.