Just shy of a month ago, we learned that James Bond’s next Aston Martin, at the insistence of the next 007 installment’s director, would be an electric vehicle. Today, we see just what Bond will be driving in his latest adventure: The Aston Martin Rapide E.
Unlike the last Rapide E that was shown, this is the production ready version. As such, it’s had more than an electric powertrain fitted, it’s had a reworking of the exterior aerodynamics. These improvements were made both for improved powertrain cooling and aero efficiency. In fact, the result is a car that is eight percent more aerodynamic than the V12 gasoline engine-powered Rapide.
License To Kill Tires
But enough about the body, let’s talk torque. And the Rapide E has plenty. Its twin rear-mounted electric motors, which route power to the rear wheels through a limited-slip differential together churn out 601 horsepower and 700 lb-ft of torque. This allows the long-bodied Rapide E to rush from a standstill to 60 miles per hour in just under than 4.0 seconds. Perhaps more impressively, the car will do 50 to 70 miles per hour in 1.5 seconds. So, it should be able to shake the baddies off Bond’s tail pretty quickly.
Electric power comes from 18,650 battery cells that combined are rated at 800 volts and 65 kWh of energy. The battery cells are split between two packs — one under the hood where the V12 engine and transmission once sat and the other in place of the gasoline tank in the rear. Both packs are encased in carbon fiber and kevlar.
Aston estimates the single-charge range of the Rapide E at more than 200 miles. Although that’s not the most impressive range figure, what is more impressive is the Rapide E’s ability to put the power down reliably.
Cool Under Pressure
Yes, Tesla’s P100D models can accelerate incredibly quickly. Drive full throttle for very long, though, and range is quickly diminished and power cut, as the internal temp of the batteries skyrocket. Realizing this, with its massive cooling capacity, the Rapide E can do an entire full-out lap of the infamous Nurburgring in Germany without any performance degradation. Believe me, that’s impressive.
Designers added a bit more user-friendly tech to the Rapide E, too. Aston has created a dedicated smartphone app for the Rapide E. It allows owners to monitor charge status of the car remotely. It also allows users to send addresses to the car’s navigation system. Furthermore, the app can give the owner walking directions back to the car’s parked location, if they forgot where exactly it’s parked.
If You Have To Ask
Reasonably, though, most owners won’t let their Rapide E out of their sight for long. That’s because they’re incredibly rare. Aston Martin will only be building 155 Rapide Es. And the British carmaker won’t even say how much they cost. That, it says, will be revealed when you apply to buy one. So, just assume you can’t afford it, I guess.
I absolutely love this car. And I totally feel it fits in with the Aston brand. Company CEO Dr. Andy Palmer once told me that if an Aston can’t have a V12 howl, it might as well be silent. In that way, it totally suits the Aston attitude.
Most importantly, though, this car might well succeed in making EVs cool in the eyes of millions of people around the globe. And, as I suggested recently, making EVs cool is likely the key to their global success.