The limited-edition Aston Martin Rapide E has made its 'dynamic debut' ahead of the Formula E Monaco ePrix in Monaco.
Following its reveal at the Shanghai motor show last month, the company's first EV was put through its paces on the famous Monte Carlo circuit by three-time Le Mans 24 Hour winner, Darren Turner.
"The car has the kind of torque and punch that you’d expect from an EV, but they’ve really worked hard to retain the dynamic characteristics of what makes an Aston Martin special," Turner said.
"I’ve had the privilege to join the Aston Martin engineering team at various stages of the car’s development and the performance that’s on offer in [the] Rapide E really is incredible."
Billed as the most powerful version of the Rapide four-door sedan ever, the Rapide E draws upon two electric motors on the rear axle, putting out a "target output" of 612PS (450kW) and 950Nm.
Those motors are hooked up to a 65kWh battery pack with 800V architecture, which is also encased in a carbon-fibre and Kevlar case mounted where the combustion version's 6.0-litre V12, gearbox and fuel tank are located.
At the Rapide E's reveal last month, Aston Martin claimed it could hit 100km/h from a standstill in less than 4.0 seconds, and hit a top speed of 250km/h.
By comparison, the V12-powered Rapide AMR makes up to 440kW and 630Nm (depending on region) from its naturally-aspirated 6.0-litre engine (technically 5.9 litres, but Aston Martin continues to call it a 6.0-litre unit), good for a 4.4-second sprint to triple figures and a top speed of 330km/h.
The company says the "last allocations" for the Rapide E are still available, with pricing available on application.
Production of Aston Martin's first EV will commence during the fourth quarter of 2019, capped at just 155 units globally.
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