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After publishing prototype renderings of its $8 million DBS GT Zagato hypercar, Aston Martin has just unveiled its first electric car with the “Rapide E,” at the 2019 Shanghai Motor Show. Production is strictly limited to 155 units, and the special model was created in conjunction with Williams Advanced Engineering.

In terms of its design, the Rapide E flaunts the British luxury brand’s signature aesthetic and bears similarities to the gas-powered Rapide S, but updated with a re-designed underfloor that “streamlines airflow from the front splitter right the way through to Rapide E’s new larger rear diffuser.” This is applied since electric cars require much less air and further improves its aerodynamics. The vehicle also features a carbon fiber and kevlar-protected 800V electrical power control unit, which is installed where the V12 engine, transmission and gas tank usually is.

The battery pack boasts a small 65 kwh capacity and has a range of under 200 miles per charge, while twin electric motors driving the rear wheels draw their power from it and are rated at a combined 602 hp. In addition, the Rapide E is outfitted with forged aluminium aerodynamic wheels and bespoke low rolling-resistance Pirelli P-Zero tyres that have been redesigned for more efficiency. The company states, “the sum of these changes gives Rapide E’s aerodynamic package an 8% improvement over the previous internal combustion model.”

Aston Martin says the Rapide E can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in under four seconds, and has an electronically restricted 155 mph top speed. Orders for the Rapide E are now accepted, with prices available on application. However, pricing is suggested to be more than the gas-powered Rapide S, which retails over $200,000.

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