Car a couple of months ago Share Tweet Pin Share Aston Martin is making an all-electric car. Specifically, it’s making this all-electric car. Beautiful, yes, and exclusive too, as the brand plans to produce just 155 of them. Bonus: Want to stay up to date on our latest Rare Norm news ? The Aston Martin Rapide E, which made its international debut at the Shanghai Auto Show this week, is based on the existing gas-drinking Rapide sedan and, on the surface, it shares quite a bit in common with this older sibling. In fact, it’s simpler to just list the differences: the Rapide E’s grille is grated rather than horizontally finned like on the sedan; the intake shape and fascia design have been re-imagined to make sure the 400-lb-heavier electric version cuts through the air properly; and there are some blue accents on the brake calipers and within the headlights. Under the surface, however, things are quite different. The car runs on an 800-volt 65-kWh battery that charges at 500 km of range per hour when plugged into a high-speed charger, and will provide an estimated range of around 322 km per charge. That battery pack passes the juice to a pair of twin motors mounted on the rear axle, which make 450 kW (or the equivalent to 600 horses) and provide the Rapide E with its rapidity (zing!), getting it up to 60 mph (96 km/h) in under four seconds and pressing it up to a top speed of 249 km/h. Inside the Rapide E has been outfitted with a 10-inch digital instrument cluster, plus an 8-inch infotainment system display that sits above the centre dashboard. It will also support both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This is the first full look at the finished, limited-ed electric car that James Bond will reportedly drive in his next on-screen appearance. It looks fit for a spy—we’ll have to wait just a bit longer to see if it handles well enough for one too.