The future of transportation is definitely electric, but there are still a few gear heads who can’t (or won’t) wrap their brains around the idea that electrified cars can be just as fast as their gas-guzzling, big-cube, V8 counterparts. Or, in many cases, much, much faster– at least in a straight drag race, that is. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of five furiously fast electrified machines.
So, sit back and enjoy the list. Feel free to like and share this collection of go-fast hybrids and EVs with the coal-rollers and petroleum pumpers in your life whenever you find it appropriate, and let us know if you think we missed any EVs and hybrids worth sharing. Enjoy!
Volvo Polestar 1 | 591HP + 738TQ
I’m seriously partial to Volvos, Saabs, and other forms of Swedish machinery. I have my reasons for that, of course– like Volvo’s contributions to human safety and emissions-control technologies, for example– but, for this exercise, assume I don’t. Assume that I am wholly indifferent to the Swedes and their history of progressive culture and corporate responsibility. Assume that I don’t care about any of that, and that I am All. About. The metal. Then, feast your eyes on the Volvo-engineered Polestar 1.
The Polestar 1 is packing a hybrid powertrain good for more than 700 lb-ft of tire-shredding, Earth-moving torque. Despite weighing some 5000 lbs., the big 2+2 hybrid can really move, as evidenced by its assault on the Goodwood Hillclimb last year. So, if you’re looking for a big, luxurious electrified coupe that won’t back down from a straight race against a V12 Mercedes or Ferrari FF, the subscription-only Polestar 1 is for you.
Koenigsegg Regera | 1500HP + 1475TQ
Built around a powerful, compact battery tunnel and a twin-turbocharged, ethanol-burning internal combustion engine, the plug-in hybrid Koenigsegg Regera is a car that defies almost all conventional motoring wisdom. No hybrid should be this fast, no V8 should be this clean, no Ev should be this good-looking, and– at nearly $2.5 million– no car should be this expensive.
Since its debut in 2016, the Koenigsegg Regera has been a hot seller– but, if you have the money, you can still call up Christian VonKoenigsegg and have his team of craftsmen build you one. Assuming you have a few million extra dollars taking up room in your sock drawer, or something. I wouldn’t know about that. What would know, is this: no one who’s bought one seems to have complained about the price.
Tesla Model S P100D | 588HP + 920TQ … at The Wheel
The home of Ludicrous Mode. The mother of all sleepers. The fastest thing with four doors. The original all-electric supercar slayer. The Tesla Model S P100D is a no-brainer for any list of vehicles that are clean, green, and mean.
It’s almost impossible to comprehend how, but even with all the hype surrounding the Model S’ off-the-line performance the Tesla is still seriously underrated. If you want to know just how underrated it is, check out this article from Road and Track, where a bone-stock P100D puts down more than 900 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. If you’ve ever spent time around a dyno, go pick your jaw up off the floor. We’ll wait.
McLaren 750LT | 1035HP + 848TQ
The original McLaren F1 supercar redefined what road-going performance cars could and should be in the late 90s– and it didn’t stop there. The car went on to dominate sports car racing, as well, in the same trim and tune as the production version. Well, almost the same. See, the racing version of the McLaren wore special, low-drag, “long tail” bodywork that pushed its top speed to more than 250 MPH. Now, some twenty years later, there is a new long-tail McLaren supercar. This one’s electrified, and it’s a stunner!
The McLaren 750LT (for “long tail”) made its first public appearance at the last Geneva Motor Show, where crowds were shocked to learn that the combined horsepower output of the car’s V8 engine and powerful electric motors is well over the 1000HP mark and that the car featured McLaren’s classic, iconic three-across seating configuration, placing the driver front and center– literally!– in its design. This hybrid may be sold out, officially, but examples are just starting to reach dealers and customers, so I say you should get your checkbook ready!
BMW i8 Roadster | 369HP + 420TQ
The first time I saw a BMW i8 in the wild was on Chicago’s I90 on a gray, wintery morning. I remember the first time I saw a Chevy Volt and a Tesla Model S, too. Those electrified cars looked cool, of course. And, they stood out– to me, at least. But, above all, they just looked like cars. The i8 looked like the future, and it still does. In 2019, though, it gets even better: the future can be had as a convertible.
All of the praise that’s been heaped on the BMW i8 and its “Ultimate Driving Machine” dynamics is probably well-earned, and those are probably the things you should consider most heavily when you consider spending 150,000-odd dollars on a new coupe. Me? I’m shallow, and the BMW i8 Roadster looks like nothing else– and that is not good news for things that are not the i8.
Original content from Enrg.io.