Aston Martin has confirmed the production of what they call the RapidE, their first all-electric car. Williams Advanced Engineering has been confirmed as the lead engineers on the project. Aston plans production in 2019, and the car will be based on the Rapide AMR. Around 2 years ago Aston revealed the concept behind this car, and two short years after they have announced its production. They plan only 155 vehicles to be made, it will serve as Aston's learning curve into the world of low or zero emission cars. Aston says, "RapidE will deliver four-door sports car looks and dynamics of the Rapide S powered by an all-electric powertrain replacing the six-liter V12 engine." More information is still to be released but what we can say is that this all-electric drivetrain will give Aston drivers a new experience... and soundtrack. The CEO of the car company said, "RapidE represents a sustainable future in which Aston Martin’s values of seductive style and supreme performance don’t merely co-exist alongside a new zero-emission powertrain, but are enhanced by it.
The internal combustion engine has been at the heart of Aston Martin for more than a century and will continue to be for years to come. RapidE will showcase Aston Martin’s vision, desire and capability to successfully embrace radical change, delivering a new breed of car that stays true to our ethos and delights our customers.” This is particularly interesting as we wrote yesterday about Jaguar and their new electric plans. It seems car company's from the UK are leading the way in electric cars for the rest of the brands just as the UK is leading the world in encouraging electric cars. Strange connection...
Aston has also recently announced the arrival of the DB11 Volante.
Let's look at the stats, with the 4-litre AMG twin-turbo V8 of the DB11 has over 500bhp. The Volante weighs 110kg more than the hard top at 1,870kg dry. Making it a tad more than the coupe version and a lightweight ragtop car! This combination allows it to go from 0-60mph in less than 4.1 seconds and get to 100mph in less than 9 seconds and onwards to a top speed of 187mph.
Several people will think, can a ragtop stand with these incredible speeds? Well not to worry, Aston has said the ragtop has been tested to the extreme during the development process including 100,000 tests using weather chambers to simulate years of use in the harshest environments on earth. The car was also taken to Death Valley and to the Arctic Circle. The roof can be put up or down in just 16 seconds from the key or from in the car at up to 31 mph. AND, don't worry the ragtop won't spoil the looks of the car as it comes with three color options and several other interior choices to make!
So, If you want one of these amazing, looking, sounding, and engineered masterpieces, then prices start from £159,900 and they will be arriving in early 2018!
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