(iSeeCars) – While EVs ostensibly aim to save the planet from excessive CO2 emissions, the truth is that EVs make great performance cars because of the instant torque provided by the electric motors that drive them. Unfortunately, these electric motors also require a battery for power, and between motors and batteries, an EV’s powertrain is much heavier than an equivalent internal combustion powertrain.
Does that mean you can’t have a hypercar or supercar that is powered solely by electricity? No, but it does mean automakers have to work harder to take advantage of an electric car’s straight-line acceleration while maintaining its handling, braking and overall driving dynamics. Packing all these features into one vehicle is not easy and usually means a higher price than a hybrid, plug-in hybrid or traditional sports car.
For this list, we’ll be looking at new cars only and focusing on the best electric cars for performance, which means we’ll be excluding pickup trucks like the Hummer EV, Ford F-150 Lightning, and Rivian R1T, as well as electric cars. cars primarily focused on practicality, such as the Chevrolet Bolt, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Nissan Leaf, Volkswagen ID.4 and Volvo XC40 Recharge. While it’s easy to limit this list to coupes or roadsters, we’ll include electric SUVs because some of them offer good performance, as well as their spacious interiors and limited off-road capabilities.
With these parameters in mind, the best electric sports cars are…
- Porsche Taycan
Don’t let the four-door body fool you, because the Porsche Taycan is as much a sports car as the brand’s iconic 911. Available in RWD or AWD, with a two-speed gearbox, even the base model is snappy, and the top-spec Turbo S delivers over 750 horsepower and a zero-to-60 time of around 2.5 seconds. There’s even a wagon version with a large hatchback opening if you need more interior space.
- Audi e-tron GT
It’s no surprise to see Audi’s sleek and stylish e-tron GT in second place, as it shares a platform and lots of mechanicals with the Porsche Taycan. But we think the Audi is even better while unfortunately not offering quite the same level of performance. Still, the RS version offers 637 horsepower and a zero-to-60 time of 3.1 seconds, which is very fast, and its DC fast charger technology is also fast, taking the battery from 5 to 80 percent charge in 23 minutes.
- Tesla Model S
You can’t talk about an electric sports car without talking about Tesla’s Model S Plaid, which can hit 100 km/h in less than 2 seconds. Despite being faster than our number 1 and number 2 electric sports cars in a straight line, the Model S does not match the Porsche or the Audi in terms of confidence, thus relegating it to position 3. We we appreciate the Plaid’s access to Tesla’s supercharging network, and its 396-mile EPA-rated range, though its infotainment system isn’t quite as intuitive as the Audi’s.
- Ford Mustang Mach-E
Combining a classic Ford coupe name with an electric SUV body may not appeal to old-school performance fans, but it results in a fast and confident EV with a potential zero-to-60 time of 3.5 seconds. (in GT form). The Mach-E also features a large central touchscreen with easy to use controls and quick charge capabilities. The fast all-wheel-drive GT model has a range of around 250 miles, but you can go up to 305 miles with the slower rear-drive versions.
- Tesla Model 3
While the Model X and Model Y are capable performance vehicles, Tesla’s SUVs lack the sleeker (and lighter) bodies seen on our third-placed Model S and this Model 3. in fifth place. And if you order a Performance Dual-Motor version of the Model 3, you can add a track package that includes 20-inch wheels with Michelin performance tires and upgraded brake pads. This combination turns Tesla’s smallest and lightest vehicle into a true sports car with nimble handling.
- Kia EV6
How can the Kia EV6 make it onto this list when the Hyundai Ioniq 5, its mechanical twin, doesn’t? Easy – just watch it. Although not faster than the Ioniq 5, delivering a zero-to-60 time of just 5.1 seconds, Kia’s third EV after the Niro and Soul looks like the real deal in terms of range and of features. Better still, an EV6 GT is in the works, which is said to offer nearly 600 horsepower and a zero to 60 in 3.5 seconds. We can’t wait!
- Mercedes-Benz EQS
As the first serious electric vehicle from the German luxury brand, the Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 can hit 100 km/h in just 3.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 250 km/h. The EQS offers all-wheel drive and all-wheel steering as standard, along with 21-inch wheels and adaptive air suspension. Options include 22-inch wheels, carbon-ceramic brakes and a track recording system to record all your exploits at your local closed-course facility.
- BMW iX
We’re not sure about the iX’s exterior styling, and at a starting price of $85,000, BMW certainly isn’t giving it away. But with up to 610 horsepower on offer in the new M60 trim and an estimated zero-to-60 time of around 3.3 seconds, the iX is an undeniable performance vehicle despite its SUV shape and gaping grille. Adaptive suspension and rear-wheel steering add to the iX’s driving dynamics, while a large 14.9-inch touchscreen makes it easy to configure the iX for driving pleasure.
- Polestar 2
The Polestar 2 isn’t the most distinctive electric vehicle on the road, and its range lags competitors like the Tesla Model 3. But its blend of quick acceleration (zero to 60 in 4.4 seconds), confident handling and a Google infotainment system makes it a compelling all-round electric vehicle. And now there’s a limited BST Edition 270 with more powerful engines, more aggressive performance tires and a lowered ride height for improved driving dynamics.
- Electric Mini Cooper SE
The electrified version of Mini’s Cooper only offers 110 miles of range. But like the internal combustion version, this model takes advantage of the Cooper’s short wheelbase and lower center of gravity. This translates to one of the most nimble battery-powered cars you can buy, and if you use this Mini as an urban runabout, you’ll not only enjoy confident driving, but also easy parking and of a battery that charges to 80% in as little as 36 minutes.
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