Update: ‘Mercedes AMG-GT Successor’ updated.
With the mass-market automobile industry adopting electrification on a large scale, the electric sports car models are not far behind. TopElectricSUV has compiled a list of more than 30 electric sports car models that enthusiasts can’t wait for. Some of these will arrive in the next 12-18 months, while the rest may require a few more years to hit the streets, waiting for batteries and motors to evolve for special applications.
New Tesla Roadster
The second-gen Tesla Roadster is developed with the aim of becoming the fastest EV in the world. It sits on a dedicated EV platform with extraordinary figures: 0-60 mph in 1.9 seconds, wheel torque of 10,000 Nm, top speed of at least 402 km/h (250 mph) from three electric motors (one at the front and two at the rear) enabling torque vectoring and an all-wheel drivetrain.
The Tesla Roadster prototype has a 200 kWh battery pack that supports supercharging at 350 kW DC charging and an unparalleled range of 620 miles (997 km) at highway speeds, which should be the longest range on a production EV if Tesla delivers the promised specifications. This will be possible with the Tesla 4680 battery cells with more power and range, which it plans to deploy in the Model Y this year. There is an option of either a 2- or a 4-seat arrangement with a removable glass roof. It could eventually also feature the patented laser windshield wipers.
Tesla had priced the new Roadster at USD 200,000 for the base trim and USD 250,000 in the priority-delivery Founder’s Series Trim, but these prices are now removed from its website as the brand faces pandemic and semiconductor shortage related delays. The Tesla electric sports car is expected to be launched by the first half of 2024.
Lexus LFA successor
The Lexus LFA successor will be no slouch when it goes on sale. The concept electric sports car was announced during Toyota’s BEV strategy event on December 14, 2021, by the President of Lexus, Koji Sato. The stylish and sophisticated electric sports car will boast a 0-100 km/h sprint time somewhere in the low 2-second region. The driving range will be more than 700 km (435 miles), with Lexus exploring the possibility of using solid-state batteries in the car to make it safe with extended range and durability. The Lexus electric sports car should be launched in the decade’s second half.
Toyota MR2-like EV
While we have talked about the Lexus LFA successor being an electric sports car model, Toyota has indicated that it is also developing an electric sports car of its own. Displayed at Toyota’s BEV strategy announcement in December 2021, it is called the GR Sports EV concept. Toyota has been tight-lipped about the details of this EV, but the Sports EV could well be a bit ‘sensible’ version of the LFA successor, with heavy inputs from Gazoo Racing.
It could be argued that to keep the cost in check and design this EV for an everyday-friendly drive, it could feature a rear-wheel-drive setup. The orange concept design at the event indicates small dimensions suitable for a 2-seat version. Don’t expect the electric sports car anytime before the second half of this decade.
Bugatti-Rimac electric supercar
The newly formed collaboration between Bugatti and Rimac has some exquisite products in the pipeline this decade. In a video posted on YouTube by Rimac Automobili, the CEO of Bugatti-Rimac, Mate Rimac, hands out a few hints about the exciting upcoming cars from the company. One of the prominent cars has to be the Chiron successor, which may be launched by 2025 or even 2026. The first full-blown electric supercar from this newly formed partnership is expected to follow this hybrid model.
BMW sports car on the Neue Klasse Platform
BMW might develop an electric sports car when its Neue Klasse Platform comes to life in 2025. In a report published by WhichCar Australia magazine on January 24, 2022, BMW’s CTO, Frank Weber, was quoted saying, “We have no trouble at all picturing a highly emotional model based on the New Class matrix.” This was the reply to the reporter asking him about the absence of a halo car in BMW’s lineup in the same vein as the iconic M1.
WhichCar also mentions that “those in the know” claim that the flagship product on the Neue Klasse Platform might feature four electric motors (one at each wheel) and boast a charging time of just 5 minutes. Needless to say, it would take quite a bit of time for the industry to experience such charging times, but we can assume that work has begun on the ultimate BMW electric sports car!
Lotus Type 135 (Lotus Esprit reprise)
TopGear reported in January 2021 that Lotus and Alpine would develop an electric sports car together. In January 2022, Lotus teased a new electric sports car that would be the successor to the iconic Elise. The EV is due for 2026 while sharing the platform with the next-gen Alpine A110. Lotus has confirmed that it will be working with battery specialist Britishvolt to develop new battery technology that will be key to this EV.
The Lotus Type 135 two-seat electric sports car would be based on the E-Sports platform designed under the Project LEVA (Lightweight Electric Vehicle Architecture) program. This platform is designed to retain the dynamic traits of the Lotus products while being 37% lighter than the equivalent structure used on the Emira. With this platform, the batteries could be stacked vertically behind the seats in the two-seat configuration or horizontally under the floor for the version with a longer wheelbase.
The E-Sport architecture can host single- and twin-motor powertrains with a power output ranging from 469 hp (345 kW) and 872 hp (641 kW). It will accommodate rear- and four-wheel-drive powertrains. The EV is hinted at being as aero-efficient as possible. The price of the Lotus electric sports car might be around GBP 80,000 to GBP 100,000.
Mercedes AMG-GT Successor
Next on the list of our electric sports car models is the Mercedes AMG-GT successor that will be based on the AMG.EA platform, expected in 2025. Talking to WhichCar Australia at the IAA Mobility Expo in Munich, the new CTO of AMG, Jochen Hermann, revealed interesting details about the strategy that the AMG division would follow for the upcoming AMG-GT electric sports car. He mentions focusing on the energy density as the KPI (Key Performance Indicator) in the battery technology.
Hermann said that he is not a firm believer in building big battery packs into cars because, over time, the customers will recognize the adequate capacity and range required to operate in the everyday environment. But modern features like a 350 kW fast-charging capability are certainly desired. He confirms that AMG won’t compete in the driving range category. He believes that around 500 km driving range should be enough for AMG EV customers.
Markus Schafer, CTO, Mercedes Benz Group, has confirmed the company will soon reveal something about a Mercedes-AMG electric sports car and new E Performance technology, as per an Auto Express report, filed in April 2022. Schafer said the association with electric motor company YASA, which the German automaker acquired in 2021, is very important, and that Mercedes-AMG EVs would employ axial flux motors. A “vision” model (concept) will show developments on the “AMG side.”
Following the British publication’s report, Mercedes-Benz Group has announced it will unveil a new Mercedes-AMG electric car called Vision AMG on May 19, 2022. Along with the announcement, a teaser of the Vision AMG is out, and it hints at a highly aerodynamic design influenced by the Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX that boasts an ultra-low drag coefficient of 0.17 Cd. The upcoming EV is likely a two-door model featuring a boat tail-like rear section, like the Vision EQXX, and it could be even more aerodynamic.
Arguably the most powerful on this list of electric sports car models is the Pininfarina Battista. It is the most powerful car ever designed and made in Italy. The 120 kWh battery pack feeds the four electric motors, generating a whopping 1,900 hp (1,397 kW) and 2,360 Nm (1,741 lb-ft). The road-legal sports car is capable of a sub 2-seconds 0-100 km/h acceleration time and has an estimated range of around 500 km (311 miles). Pininfarina will not produce more than 150 units of the all-electric hyper-GT.
Deliveries of the Pininfarina Batista worldwide will begin later this year, Automobili Pininfarina confirmed in an announcement on April 12, 2022.
Maserati MC20 Folgore
Maserati has confirmed that an all-electric MC20 is arriving by 2025, as part of the lineup of 6 ‘Folgore’ models.
According to a report by TopGear back in September 2020, Maserati’s all-electric MC20’s electric powertrain will be capable of producing more than 700 hp (515 kW), though we believe this number would be way higher in the final specification. With the additional stiffness required for the heavier electric powertrain, the EV will be 80-100 kg heavier than the ICE variant. The 0-100 km/h acceleration time is expected to be 2 seconds flat. The report adds that the powertrain will consist of a triple-motor setup (one electric motor at the front and two at the rear), enabling an all-wheel-drive configuration. Prices of the electric sports car model could be somewhere above the GBP 200,000 mark.
Electric Chevrolet Corvette
Mark Reuss, President, GM, has confirmed that an eco-friendly Chevrolet Corvette is in the making. In an interview on CNBC Squawk Box on April 25, 2022, he said that an electrified Corvette is coming next year. A pure electric Corvette will follow the partially electric (hybrid/plug-in hybrid) Corvette.
An electrified #Corvette will be available as early as next year and a fully electric version to follow. Stay tuned for more.Chevrolet’s announcement on Twitter on April 25, 2022
Rumors about a zero-emission Corvette have floated for years now, and seeing the direction where GM is headed, the release of a fully-electric Corvette was just a matter of time. As per a report SAE International published on March 2, 2021, the electrification journey of the Vette begins with a Chevrolet Corvette Hybrid in 2023, with the ‘E-Ray’ trademark set aside for this product.
President Biden: “I’ve got a commitment from [GM CEO Mary Barra], when they make the first electric Corvette, I get to drive it… You think I’m kidding, I’m not kidding.” pic.twitter.com/sypl9G7a5U— The Hill (@thehill) August 5, 2021
While this is a hybrid version, the Electric Chevrolet Corvette appears to be in the works for a while as GM Design VP Mike Simcoe quoted to SAE International the GM’s Ultium platform can be used for future Chevy performance cars.
Aston Martin DB11/Vantage Electric successors
The Aston Martin DB11 successor and Vantage successor will be all-electric vehicles, reads an Automotive News Europe report citing Tobias Moers, ex-CEO Aston Martin, filed in June 2021. Aston Martin has said that the radical shift will begin around 2025, with the electric front-engine sports cars and an electric SUV being top priority. Aston Martin EVs will offer a range of no less than 600 km (373 miles) and might use the Daimler-sourced platforms, the AMG.EA platform for the low and flat two-door sports car models and the MB.EA platform for the high-riding four-door models, including the electric SUV.
Aston Martin and Britishvolt are collaborating to develop the battery and cell technology to be used in high-performance cars. The British duo announced its partnership on March 7, 2022, and said it had formalized this project with an MoU.
An R&D team consisting of employees from Aston Martin and Britishvolt will design, develop, and industrialize battery packs, including bespoke modules and a battery management system. Britishvolt is developing special cylindrical high-performance cells, and the joint R&D team will leverage this technology for the Aston Martin electric cars.
Dodge Electric Muscle Car
At the Stellantis EV Day 2021, Tim Kuniskis, CEO at Dodge, revealed that the first Dodge electric car release date is programmed in 2024. Two electric muscle cars, Dodge Challenger Electric and Dodge Charger Electric are likely to go on sale by mid-decade. Expected to be based on the STLA Large Platform, the Dodge EVs could have a (WLTP) range of up to 800 km (500 miles) and a gross energy content of 101-118 kWh. This platform allows for high-output electric motors to produce up to 330 kW (442 hp).
On March 1, 2022, Stellantis held a conference to present its long-term strategic plan, where it reconfirmed the launch of electric muscle cars from Dodge starting in 2024. It will debut as a concept vehicle by December 2022. Though not packing a monstrous gas-powered engine, it will be every bit Dodge when it comes to performance and character. The concept version will give us a good idea of the design and likely hint at specific performance and range targets that are being protected in secrecy by Dodge.
Audi electric sports car
The successor to the iconic Audi R8 will be electric, as hinted by Linda Kurz, Head of Product Marketing at Audi Sports, in December 2021, while talking to CNET Roadshow. Along with the R segment, 80% of the RS segment will also feature some sort of electrification by 2026, she added. This will be the aim of the Audi Sports division for the next decade, she concluded.
At the Audi Annual Media Conference 2022, Oliver Hoffman, Audi’s R&D boss, said that the company is working on fully electric sports car concept models and indicated it might launch road-ready new electric sports cars in the foreseeable future.
The future will be fully electric. We intend to come up with some surprises again (after the original TT and R8) and we are working on sports car concepts that will probably (be) fully electric, however. And all I can say is we will surprise and thrill.Oliver Hoffmann, BoM member responsible for Technical Development, Audi (Annual Media Conference 2022 on March 17, 2022)
The Piech GT was first showcased at the Geneva Motor Show in 2019. After a long delay due to the pandemic, the Zurich-based Piech Automotive confirmed in October 2021 that the electric sports car is on track for the launch in mid-2024. The Piech GT will have a single electric motor at the front and two motors at the rear to produce a combined power output of 603 hp with an estimated 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) time of under 3 seconds and a 0-124 mph (0-200 km/h) time of under 9 seconds.
Despite the global COVID-19 pandemic, we have managed to overcome the resulting delays and keep our project fully on track. The financing rounds to date have been successful, and we can now confidently continue our journey towards market launch.Toni Piech, co-founder and CEO of Piech Automotive, on Oct 5, 2021
Piech Automotive is targeting a production of 1,200 units in the first year. It will have a 75 kWh battery good for 311 miles (500 km) of range. Any CCS2 charger will allow charging the battery from 0-80% in just 8 minutes, but the specially developed fast charger by TGOOD will reduce this time to under 5 minutes.
In 2021, MG showed its vision of an electric sports car in the MG Cyberster concept. The two-door, two-seater show car will evolve into a production model that serves as a halo or brand-building product for MG. Designed in London, the Cyberster borrows cues from the MGB Roadster but has a completely new, futuristic design overall. Staying true to its name, the car flaunts an interactive gaming cockpit.
MG says that the Cyberster concept’s EV architecture will allow an incredible range of approx. 800 km (500 miles) and quick 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint time of under 3 seconds. The production version will reportedly be available in both a right-hand drive version, too. It could go on sale in 2024, the year MG will celebrate its 100th anniversary.
Ferrari electric sports car
It is no news that the first Ferrari electric car is coming in 2025. However, what’s still up for speculation is whether it will be an SUV or a sports car. Early reports said that it will be a high-riding model, or an FUV in Ferrari speak. But only recently, Ferrari filed a patent application for a new electrified sports car platform, which indicates that a zero-emission sports car could be in the works.
The patent application (see on Auto Express) showed the floorpan and chassis, which offers space for two battery packs. Both packs lay fixed on dedicated floor sections, one in the rear of the car and the other, a wide and flat unit, beneath the passenger cell. Ferrari would aim for driving characteristics that provide an experience similar to its gas-powered (incl. hybrid) models.
Alpine electric sports car
In January 2021, Alpine announced it will launch three pure electric vehicles, one of which will be a “replacement of the A110.” The Renault Group-owned French sports car company will jointly engineer, design, and develop this model with Geely Automotive-owned Lotus Group. In a new announcement in January 2022, the company referred to this model as “a new version of the A110.” The future Alpine sports car may not carry the familiar A110 name, but surely it will be 100% electric and arrive by 2026.
Porsche 718 Cayman Electric sports car
On March 18, 2022, Porsche announced at the 2022 Annual Press Conference that it will launch a pure electric 718. Porsche CEO Oliver Blume said that the company wants to start offering the 718 sports car “exclusively in an all-electric form” by the middle of the decade.
According to a report from Autocar, the Porsche Mission R unveiled at IAA 2021 is also a progress report of future production Porsche electric cars. Porsche developed the concept using a modified version of the 718 Cayman’s chassis. However, Blume has confirmed that the company won’t launch EVs based on modified ICE platforms because “there are too many compromises” involved in the method.
Blume said that Porsche would develop its own platform for future sports cars but this platform would generate other products. However, overall, this would be a unique base.
In the Mission R concept, the batteries which are the heaviest components in an EV, are placed behind the driver but ahead of the rear axle, thereby giving a similar weight distribution as a mid-engined sports car.
Porsche’s technical head, Michael Steiner said that current VW Group EV platforms, and the future PPE platform, would not give engineers the flexibility of providing a low seating position, which is essential to retain the spirit of the 718. Hence, a bespoke platform would be the way to go for the pure electric 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster. Porsche wants more than 80% of its vehicles sold globally to be fully electric by 2030.
On February 13, 2022, the DeLorean Motor Company teased the nameplate revival in 2022. It should be noted that the new company is not associated with the original DMC, founded by John DeLorean in 1975. Instead, British engineer Stephen Wynne purchased the rights to the name, and the re-launch of the iconic name will use EV technology.
The brand teased the new DeLorean EV on Twitter on April 4, 2022. The electric sports car’s roof tapers towards the rear in a typical coupe-like fashion, and there are louvres at the bottom for aerodynamic efficiency. There appears to be an LED taillamp, frameless windows, and a sleek rearview mirror. There’s also confirmation that the EV will sport gullwing doors. On May 5, 2022, a new teaser (pictured above) revealed the full-width LED taillamp and the original DMC DeLorean style-rear engine cover. Although we’ll have to wait till the day of the reveal to know the function of the rear air intakes—it’s an EV, so it wouldn’t need the massive rear air inlets.
DeLorean confirmed early this year that Italdesign is an official partner. Italdesign has entered into a partnership with Williams Advanced Engineering to provide an open-source EV platform tailored toward manufacturers of small cars. The DeLorean electric sports car could benefit from Italdesign and Williams Advanced Engineering’s expertise.
The electric sports car will make its public appearance at the Awards Ramp of the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance on August 18, 2022. And the electric coupe will not be DeLorean’s only offering going forward. DeLorean CEO Joost de Vries spoke on Electrify News podcast on April 7, 2022, stating the brand aims to become a full-blown manufacturer. De Vries mentioned that by July, DeLorean will officially reveal three new volume-oriented products. The models will have a strong connection to DeLorean’s heritage.
Alfa Romeo Spider EV
Beginning 2024, Alfa Romeo starts introducing EVs, and by 2026, will launch only EVs. While the initial launches will be volume spinners (like the compact SUV, Giulia EV and Stelvio EV), access to the STLA platform gives Alfa the advantage of coming up with new bodystyles without significant investments or R&D in chassis technology.
The STLA Medium platform especially which allows 87-104 kWh battery packs that provide a range of up to 700 km (435 miles as per Stellantis) and 125-330 kW electric drive modules is a great foundation stone for Alfa to launch an electric sports car and bring back nameplates like the Spider or GTV. The brand has the heritage, and now access to the right technology as well under Stellantis. One can certainly hope for an electric sports car from Alfa this decade.
Abarth 500e Convertible
The future Abarth EV doesn’t qualify as a sports car as others from this group, but more of a hot hatch. But imagine the thrill of driving a performance-focused electric convertible, at a fraction of the cost!
“Heating Up People, But Not The Planet” reads a statement released by Stellantis in July 2021 for the Abarth brand. With Abarth set to go all-electric by 2024, it’s not difficult to guess a zero-emissions performance-oriented hatchback/cabriolet from the brand to kickstart its EV journey. While there’s no official name yet, we’ll refer to it as the Abarth 500e in the interim period.
Abarth’s performance-oriented EV might have similar sporty elements like its ICE counterpart. It could wear aggressively styled bumpers with intakes and a splitter, low-profile tires, and possibly racing stripes to go with the theme.
It will undoubtedly pack the ingredients required to deliver an exciting performance. It should be built around the current Fiat 500 Electric configuration with a reworked chassis and several performance enhancements. Expect a 42 kWh battery between the axles, at least 200 hp from the electric motor, and a sub-6-second 0-100 kmph (0-62 mph) sprint.
Maserati GranTurismo Folgore Electric sports car
As per Maserati’s statement dated March 17, 2022, the brand revealed that its pure-electric offerings would be sold under the Folgore moniker, which means lightning in Italian. The Maserati GranTurismo Electric was also confirmed to hit the roads in 2023 with the same badge.
The GranTurismo Folgore is getting a tri-motor set-up, with the Italian company saying that the electric powertrain will deliver “way over 1200 hp.” It will provide blistering acceleration as well, with Maserati saying that the GranTurismo Folgore will race to 100 kmph (62 mph) in less than three seconds, with the top speed expected to be around 300 kmph (186.4 mph). It will feature inverters derived from Formula E racing, with a lightweight ‘multi-material architecture’ to improve handling.
The sports coupe’s silhouette is reminiscent of its ICE predecessor, discontinued in 2019. Bespoke design details like MC20 inspired headlamps, 20-inch aero wheels, a long bonnet with power bulges, and large air intakes up front evoke the spirit of an Italian sports car.
Expect the GranTurismo EV to be based on the evolved Giorgio architecture. The EV will be made at the brand’s Mirafiori facility on the outskirts of Turin.
Wiesmann Project Thunderball
German automaker Wiesmann has developed a new all-electric convertible sports car called the Project Thunderball. It’s a retro-style electric roadster with plenty of curves and smooth surfaces.
The Project Thunderball is low-slung and has short overhangs, circular headlamps, a sculpted bonnet, and door-mounted rearview mirrors. At the rear, it features a subtle boot lip spoiler and a rather large diffuser. Taillamps are also twin circular units, which is a setup similar to the headlamps.
The Wiesmann Project Thunderball has an 83 kWh battery pack that operates at 800 volts and supplies energy to two electric motors, both powering the rear wheels. The rear motors generate system power of 671 hp and system torque of 811 lb.-ft. A 0-62 mph sprint takes just 2.9 seconds, and the range should be 311 miles.
The retro electric roadster will be manufactured at the Gecko factory in Dulmen, Germany. Wiesmann is also developing the Project Gecko, a combustion engine model using BMW’s V8 powertrain.
After two high-volume products, the Fisker Ocean SUV and the Fisker Pear, Fisker will take a break and shift its focus towards car enthusiasts. The company will launch an electric convertible sports car as its third model, and ‘Fisker Ronin’ is the project name of this model. In the words of Henrik Fisker, Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Fisker, the third model will be “a redefinition of a luxury sports car of the future.”
Development of the Fisker Ronin is underway at Fisker Magic Works, a UK-based specialty engineering division that focuses on low-volume and custom models. Fisker has hired David King, who was previously the vice president and chief special operations officer at Aston Martin Lagonda, as the senior vice president of engineering to lead Fisker Magic Works. Without divulging details, King said that the Fisker sports car would have the spirit of “a proper British sports car.”
The Ronin will be an electric convertible GT designed for long road trips with family, and not hardcore track racing. Fisker says it will comfortably seat four adults and have space for their luggage. The company wants the production version to be the electric GT sports car with a target range of 600 miles and a 0-60 mph time of around 2 seconds. The model will come with a tri-motor all-wheel-drive set-up—so expect blazing-fast acceleration, quick launch times, and great grip from its wheels.
This model will flaunt unique doors that allow better entry and exit and feature a vegan interior. The company has set August 2023 as the targeted reveal date of Project Ronin. It expects production to start in the second half of 2024. Henrik Fisker also announced that the electric convertible would be priced under USD 200,000.
GAC Aion electric supercar
China’s GAC Group is reportedly working on a model that will rival the Lotus Type 135 and the new Tesla Roadster. On April 1, 2022, GAC Aion, a new energy vehicle company of GAC Group announced on Weibo that it will launch a pure electric supercar with a 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration time of just 1.9 seconds! Seeing how Chinese automakers are leading the global automakers as the industry shifts to battery-electric cars, especially GAC with the Aion LX Plus, that might not be an April Fool’s joke but something the company is seriously pursuing.
GAC Motor, on April 6, 2022, released the design sketches of its upcoming electric supercar in a new video (via Twitter). The EV appears incredibly low-slung and has a highly aerodynamic design. The GAC designer is seen sketching the supercar on a blank sheet of paper, where he showcases four angles of the EV; front three quarters, rear, side profile, and the top angle. The EV appears to be a longtail, especially from the top angle.
Chinese reports suggest the GAC ENO.146 concept, presented in late 2019, could influence the design of the GAC Aion electric supercar.
Honda “specialty” electric sports car
Announcing its electrification strategy on April 12, 2022, Honda said it is considering two electric sports car launches. One is a “specialty” model, and its teaser suggests that it could have proportions of an FR sports car and target masses the way Honda did with the Honda S2000. The company intends to launch this model in the middle of the decade.
Honda “flagship” electric sports car
The second Honda electric sports car would be a flagship model, possibly the successor to the Honda NSX (Acura NSX). The official teaser does indicate proportions similar to today’s mid-engined hybrid sports car. Announcing the two Honda electric sports car models on April 12, 2022, Honda President and Representative Executive Officer Toshihiro Mibe said they “embody Honda’s universal sporting guide mindset and distinct characteristics.” Further, Mibe talked about the launch plan:
It is going to be an EV model certainly, and we are talking about two models for the global market, including Japan, and in the middle of the 2020s, we’d like to launch those models. We are working on the development of them now.Toshihiro Mibe, President and Representative Executive Officer, Honda (Honda Briefing on Automobile Electrification Business on April 12, 2022)
The Rimac Nevera is the production version of the Rimac C_Two concept and the brand’s new flagship model. The front and rear wheels, each connected to a pair of single-speed gearboxes, use individual motors. The four motors generate a staggering combined power of 1,914 hp (1.4 MW) and provide a whopping 2,360 Nm of combined torque. The Nevera is the quickest car in the world, with a 0-62 mph sprint taking just 1.97 seconds. The top speed is an insane 412 km/h (258 mph)!
A 120 kWh, 6960-cell battery pack energizes the motors of the Nevera. It is an integral part of the car’s structure and adds 37% structural stiffness to the carbon-fiber monocoque. Rimac expects the Nevera to offer a WLTP range of 550 km (342 miles). The EPA-est. range could be around 300 miles. Limited to 150 units, the Nevera costs EUR 2 million (USD 2.2 million). Rimac says the Nevera has passed homologation tests in the EU and the USA, and it plans to start deliveries this year.
Bentley Mulsanne successor (Luxury GT)
Bentley is ready to redefine its legacy, from a brand that produces luxury behemoths to a brand that makes sleek and luxury grand tourers. The Mulsanne was an opulent barge on wheels, but its successor certainly won’t be that. On April 11, 2022, Autocar reported that a high-performance two-door luxury GT would carry Mulsanne’s genes. It would ride higher to accommodate the battery and become the brand’s flagship before 2030.
Adrian Hallmark, CEO of Bentley, told Autocar that the Mulsanne’s segment remains attractive to the brand, despite the luxury saloon’s demise in 2020. Bentley is not new to luxury grand tourers. The brand already has the Continental GT in its portfolio. There’s also the super exclusive Bacalar, developed by Bentley’s coachbuilding division Mulliner. The Bacalar is a two-door convertible GT of which Bentley made only 12 examples.
The Bacalar, however, was ICE-powered, while the new Mulsanne replacement will be purely electric. The upcoming Mulsanne replacement would also use one of Volkswagen Group’s platform. Autocar says that the EV may use a platform co-developed with VW Group and Audi with major inputs from Bentley. Autocar could either be referring to the SSP platform or the PPE architecture. For those with deep pockets, there will be endless possibilities of customization.
Nissan electric sports car
Nissan officials have said that a battery-powered electric sports car is “on the table.” With the GT-R and Z exiting Europe, the company needs a compliant and future-proof performance car for driving enthusiasts in the region, and electric propulsion is the answer. Francois Bailly, Senior Vice President and Chief Planning Officer, Nissan (AMIEO region), has told Autocar that the company is considering launching a GT-R electric successor. The same has been confirmed by COO Ashwani Gupta, who stated that an electric GT-R would arrive one day, according Top Gear’s report dated May 5, 2022.
Bailly said he would love to have an electric sports car in the line-up, but the company needs to organize first. High-volume EVs like the Nissan Micra electric successor and Nissan Leaf successor may have a higher priority. Launching electric sports cars when solid-state batteries are ready makes better sense. Gupta added that the Z and the GT-R—internally called the beauty and the beast—are the brand’s culture and hence very important to their identity. However, Nissan has not found the right technology for these future electric sports car models.
Top Gear also reports that development work is in the pipeline in Japan, but collaborative work is taking place in Oxford, UK. Moreover, a working prototype is due in 2024, while the technology is expected to be ready by 2028. During the Formula E race in Monaco, Nissan Europe’s chief Guillaume Cartier told TG that the new technology would bring substantial performance gains—three times the range of current electric cars or the same range with one-third the weight, according to Top Gear.
TVR Griffith Electric
As part of its official sponsorship of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, TVR has announced the launch of the TVR Griffith EV. The company has said that the Griffith electric will be a limited-edition electric sports car and arrive in 2024, and two further TVR EVs are to follow shortly after. The British sports car maker sponsored the Monaco E-Prix held in April 2022 and the upcoming London E-Prix in July 2022. It is yet to announce details about the Griffith EV.
Rimac-Hyundai electric sports car
Rimac Automobili is expanding its global footprint with multiple partnerships with famous global carmakers. The brand has deep ties with Porsche, Bugatti, and Hyundai. In 2019, Hyundai Motor Group pumped USD 84 million into the Croatian carmaker, and the two brands are reportedly working on “two high-level projects,” according to a Hyundai Motor Group spokesperson. About USD 67 million was invested by Hyundai, while Kia invested another USD 17 million.
One of the projects is reportedly a hydrogen-electric sports car codenamed FK1. The other model would be a high-performance electric or electrified car belonging to the Hyundai N performance stable. Several other future joint products are also said to be in the pipeline. Recently, there were reports of Hyundai and Rimac ending their collaboration, but an HMG official has stated that the news of the brands breaking up was inaccurate, reported KCB on May 3, 2022.
Genesis X Speedium Coupe
Genesis revealed its vision of a futuristic electric sports coupe at the Genesis House in New York on April 13, 2022. At the reveal, the brand stated that the coupe was not intended for production. Instead, it’s a technological vision telling customers what to expect from the next-generation Genesis vehicles.
On May 5, 2022, KCB reported that there would be a production model, contradictory to Genesis’s claim that the coupe was only meant to showcase the brand’s design direction. The Korean report states that the model will get a tri-motor all-wheel-drive set-up with a single motor on the front axle and two motors at the rear. KCB’s sources also revealed that there would be a 100 kWh battery and a two-speed transmission like the Porsche Taycan. The electric coupe would pack a whopping 800 hp or more with 0-62 mph time of within two seconds and a 205 mph or more top speed.
Expect the price to range between USD 80,000 to USD 100,000, with the debut date set around early 2024.
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