The rear-wheel drive Rapide E’s twin electric motors will drive through a limited-slip differential which, combined with revised spring and damper rates, ensures the pure handling characteristics for which the petrol-powered Rapide S is already renowned.
So, from that aspect, it seems that the engineers are intent on making the vehicle as rewarding to drive as its petrol powered sibling, but without the bellowing V12 engine.
"Environmental responsibility and sustainability is a global challenge faced by us all. As a career automotive engineer, I’m proud the car industry is leading the way in finding long-term solutions and reducing harmful emissions. As Aston Martin’s CEO, I take particular satisfaction working with Williams Advanced Engineering and our other associated technology partners to bring Rapide E to reality. As our first all-electric production model, Rapide E will fast-track our knowledge and help us ensure the character and high-performance capabilities of our future EV models and enhance the unique qualities found in all Aston Martins as we know them today. Rapide E will serve as a critical step on our path to relaunching Lagonda as the world’s first zero-emission luxury marque," says CEO Andy Palmer.
The model will be built at the company’s upcoming St Athan production facility, announced as the future "Home of Electrification" for both the Aston Martin and Lagonda brands.