The Aston Martin Rapide S, shown above, is a sultry thing: A four-door, four-seat sedan with the swooping lines of an Aston coupe and a sinewy V12 engine under the long hood.
Well, scratch that last part, because the Aston Martin Rapide E is here, and it's even more powerful than the dinosaur-burning V12 model.
That's right: Where the conventional Rapide S is motivated by a 5.9-liter V12 that sends 550 horses and 457 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels, the electric model trounces that: How does more than 600 horsepower and over 700 lb-ft tickle your fancy?
Updated 1/22/2019: On schedule
Thanks to CEO Andy Palmer, now, we know that Aston Martin's first Rapide E validation prototype is very orange, and capable of moving forward.
Based on the lighter and tighter Rapide AMR, the EV is powered by an ultra-high voltage, 800-volt battery system, which should offer similar charging and discharging performance as the Porsche Taycan/Audi e-Tron GT's.
As Aston's first battery-electric vehicle, the Rapide E has a lot to prove. Designed with input from Williams Advanced Engineering, the electric sedan uses a 65 kWh battery pack that sits in the place usually occupied by that V12 engine and six-speed automatic gearbox.
And it's got some go: Aston claims the electric sedan will sprint 0-60 in under four seconds, with a top speed of 155 mph. And the automaker is quick to point out that, thanks to obsessive management of heat, the Rapide E will be able to "drive a full lap of the Nurburgring with absolutely no derating of the battery." When you're not hounding the 'Ring, the Rapide E promises a driving range of more than 200 miles.
Aston will only build the Rapide E in extremely limited numbers—just 155 examples—with deliveries beginning in the final quarter of 2019. No price has been given at this time. Having had the chance to drive an early prototype, we're excited to see what the production model can do.