32 awesome electric sports car models that we can’t wait for!

Update: ‘Audi electric sports car’ updated and ‘Next-gen Porsche Taycan’ and ‘GAC Aion Hyper SSR’ added.

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 30+ expected new 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.

Tesla Roadster EV
The Tesla Roadster will have the highest range among EVs when it hits the streets. With the optional SpaceX package, the electric sports car could reach 60 mph in 1.1 seconds! Image: Tesla

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 in 2023.

Lexus LFA successor

Lexus Electrified Sport Lexus LFA successor
The future Lexus electric sports car was previewed by the Lexus Electrified Sport concept in December 2021. Image: Noriaki Mitsuhashi/N-RAK PHOTO AGENCY

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

Toyota GR Sports EV concept front three quarter
Toyota’s electric sports car will be the ‘sensible’ version of the Lexus EV. Image Source: Noriaki Mitsuhashi/N-RAK PHOTO AGENCY

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.

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.

Lotus electric sports car
A preliminary sketch of the Lotus electric sports car shows the unmistakable signature of the Esprit! Image: Lotus

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.

Pininfarina Battista

Pininfarina Battista
The Pininfarina Battista uses similar drivetrain and chassis components as the Rimac Nevera. Image: Pininfarina

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. Its 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 all-electric hyper-GT is capable of a sub 2-seconds 0-100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration time and has an estimated range of around 500 km (311 miles).

Deliveries of the Pininfarina Batista will likely start by the end of September 2022. On July 13, 2022, Automobili Pininfarina announced that it has started production of the Battista in a dedicated new Atelier space in Cambiano, Italy. The company doesn’t plan to make more than 150 units, thus ascertaining exclusivity for the clients. Hand-crafted by a team of 10 artisans, each Battista takes 10 weeks for assembly, or 18 weeks if it’s a hand-painted one.

Maserati MC20 Folgore

Maserati MC20
The Maserati electric sports car should borrow the basic design recipe of the MC20, while taking the performance to the next level. Image: Maserati

Maserati has confirmed that an all-electric MC20 is arriving by 2025, as part of the lineup of 6 ‘Folgore’ models.

Maserati Vehicle Line Executive Federico Landini has told Auto Express that the MC20 Folgore will sport the GranTurismo Folgore’s tri-motor powertrain. In the GranTurismo, this setup will produce “way over 1,200 hp,” and in the MC20 Folgore, the output could be even higher. The GranTurismo Folgore will take less than three seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph), and its top speed will be over 300 km/h (186 mph). The MC20 Folgore, positioned in a higher segment, would obviously have to do better in both aspects. Look forward to an exciting spec sheet!

Prices of the electric sports car model could be somewhere above the USD 200,000 mark.

Electric Chevrolet Corvette

GM third-gen EV platform Ultium battery pack
The Chevrolet electric sports car should use some components from GM’s Ultium platform. U.S. President Joe Biden has referred to the Electric Chevrolet Corvette twice already! Image: Stellantis

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 in 2023. 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.

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. The all-electric Corvette is expected to arrive at dealerships in 2025.

Aston Martin DB11/Vantage Electric successors

Aston Martin Valhalla
The Aston Martin Valhalla has kickstarted the brand’s electrification journey. Image: Aston Martin

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

Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept front three quarter
At the Stellantis EV Day 2021, Tim Kuniskis, CEO at Dodge, revealed that the first Dodge electric muscle car is programmed in 2024. Image: Dodge

The first Dodge electric muscle car will be the production version of the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept, and thus, a two-door coupe. It will have a fluidic design that would lead to more aerodynamic efficiency than the gas-powered Challenger, and it’d look more futuristic, too, thanks to a much more sophisticated light set-up. The interior would be more digital and contemporary, with a digital instrument cluster, a sleek dashboard, slim AC vents, free-standing, and a widescreen infotainment system among others.

Dodge has indicated that its first electric muscle car will sit on the STLA Large platform. The company plans to offer it in three power levels initially, with the top-end variant sporting an 800-volt ‘Banshee’ powertrain. Eventually, Dodge will offer nine power levels through its Direct Connection program. The company has confirmed that all-wheel-drive drivetrain layout will be standard for all-weather capability. It doesn’t get into the details, but we expect two or three motors to drive the wheels, depending on the configuration.

While most EVs use a single-speed transmission and a few performance-oriented models have a two-speed transmission, Dodge is considering an ‘eRupt’ multi-speed transmission with electro-mechanical shifting for its electric muscle car. The car’s battery pack could have a gross energy content of 101-118 kWh and deliver an EPA-est. range of up to approximately 300 miles in a basic variant with around 300-325 horsepower.

A ‘PowerShot’ boost function will be standard across the range. There will be multiple drive modes, including Slam, Drift, Drag, and Donut. A ‘Fratzonic Chambered Exhaust’ will replicate the experience of a gas-powered Hellcat model’s exhaust note with a speaker-generated exhaust sound that can reach the same loudness level – 126 dB. In an interaction with Muscle Cars and Trucks, Kuniskis said that the EV will drive, perform, and sound like a Dodge.

Audi electric sports car

On September 12, 2022, based on information received from Audi sources, Autocar reported that an R8 successor is “underway,” although the company signed off the future model. As the word successor suggests, the British publication means a model with a new name, with R8 riding off into the sunset. The new electric supercar will also be a two-door model, but it will have a whole new identity, as per the report.

Previously, at the Audi Annual Media Conference 2022 on March 17, 2022, Oliver Hoffmann, 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)

Rewinding further, while talking to CNET Roadshow in December 2021, Linda Kurz, Head of Product Marketing at Audi Sport, hinted that the successor to the iconic Audi R8 will be electric 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.

Piech GT

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.

MG Cyberster (MGC EV)

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. Trademark filings indicated that the final name of the new electric roadster in the UK and other European countries could be MGC EV.

2023 MG Cyberster production-spec render
The MG Cyberster could go on sale in 2023, well in time to celebrate the brand’s 100th anniversary in 2024. It promises to be an affordable electric sports car. Image Source: SAIC

Designed in London, the MG Cyberster will compete with the likes of the Audi TT and BMW Z4. It will probably be based on the brand’s new dedicated EV platform called ‘Nebula.’

MG will try to woo Audi TT and BMW Z4 customers with premium features from much more expensive cars, such as scissor doors, an F1-inspired steering yoke (most likely paired with a steer-by-wire system), a gaming computer-like triple-screen setup, and more. All this will be in addition to a high-performance electric propulsion system, which should make it much quicker than rivals in the 0-62 mph sprint. For reference, the TT RS takes 3.9 seconds for a 0-62 mph sprint, while the Z4 M40i can accomplish the same in 4.5 seconds.

The MG Cyberster (MGC EV) will go on sale in the UK in 2024, Guy Pigounakis, the Commercial Director of the company’s local subsidiary told Auto Express in August 2022.

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.

At the 2022 Capital Markets Day on June 16, 2022, Ferrari announced it will unveil its first electric car in 2025, as previously announced. In addition, the company revealed that it will design, handcraft, and assemble electric engines for EVs in Maranello, Italy. The company will integrate handcrafted battery modules consisting of Maranello-assembled battery cells into the chassis of the cars. It intends to develop the battery pack in-house because it helps a lot in the dynamics of the car, CEO Benedetto Vigna said during the Q&A session at the event.

Ferrari’s Maranello plant will get a new “e-building” where the company will design, handcraft, and assemble electric engines, inverters, and batteries for its EVs. Plus, a new paint shop is also coming up, set to increase personalization options. 40% of the Ferrari portfolio by 2030 will comprise electric cars, that’s at least the target the Prancing Horse has set currently.

During his presentation at the 2022 Capital Markets Day, Enrico Galliera, Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer, Ferrari, said that the first Ferrari electric car will offer unique features, racing-derived performance, and exceptional handling. It will be one of the 15 launches planned between 2023 and 2026. Vigna indicated during the Q&A session that Ferrari will look into solid-state battery technology for EVs. Even though mainstream automakers expect this technology to be ready for mass production in 2027-2028, Ferrari is hopeful that its status as a high-tech company at the top of the industry could give it early access.

Alpine electric sports car

Alpine EV Dream Garage teaser including the Alpine sports car
The Alpine Dream Garage will include an electric sports car (bottom) replacing the current A110. Image Source: Renault Group

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.

The 2022 Paris Motor Show, which will take place from October 17, 2022, to October 23, 2022, will host the world premiere of a new Alpine concept car. This model will embody “the future of its product and sports strategy,” Renault Group said in an announcement on September 9, 2022. The parent company added that the model unveiling would begin a new stage in Alpine’s transformation. It could be the first preview of the Alpine electric sports car.

Porsche 718 Cayman Electric sports car

Porsche Mission R EV
The Porsche Mission R will likely influence the design of the Porsche 718 EV models. Image – Porsche

On March 18, 2022, Porsche announced at the 2022 Annual Press Conference that it will launch a pure electric 718. Porsche and Volkswagen Group 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 Autocar published on March 18, 2022, 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. On July 18, 2022, at Porsche’s Capital Markets Day, Blume revealed that the 718 EVs will be bespoke EVs based on the Porsche Sports Car Platform.

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 will 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.

Next-gen Porsche Taycan

Next-gen Porsche Taycan SSP confirmation
The Taycan has impressed on the performance front, so Porsche’s focus in the second generation could be significantly improving efficiency and range. Image Source: Porsche

One of the most successful Porsche launches in recent history, the Taycan, has given the brand a new direction, and will protect its competitive position in the electric era. At the 2022 Capital Markets Day on July 18, 2022, the company revealed plans to launch a second-generation Taycan developed on the upcoming Scalable Systems Platform (SSP).

Before the next-gen Taycan, SSP will underpin the next-gen Panamera and a new electric SUV (codename: Porsche K1) that will slot above the Cayenne. There will be multiple versions of this EV-exclusive platform, and Porsche will use a ’Sport’ version for its models. The company has said it will lead the development of the SSP Sport. According to a report Autocar released on September 2, 2022, it will launch the next-gen Taycan in 2027.

DeLorean Alpha5

The DeLorean Alpha5 aims to bring back the spirit of the iconic DMC DeLorean in a futuristic package. It’s a model from DeLorean Motor Company, which is not associated with the original DMC, founded by John DeLorean in 1975. Instead, British engineer Stephen Wynne purchased the rights to the name.

DeLorean Alpha5 front three quarter
The DeLorean Alpha5’s availability will be limited to 88 units. Image: DeLorean Motor Company

The Alpha5 is a grand tourer featuring huge gullwing doors, louvered back glass, a sleek body with an ultra-low 0.23 Cd value, a minimalist interior, and a pure electric powertrain. The battery pack’s energy storage capacity will be over 100 kWh, enough to cover a distance of 300 miles on a full charge. A 0-62 mph sprint will take three seconds and the top speed will be 155 mph.

Like the DMC-12, the Alpha5 is the work of the renowned Italian design house Italdesign. It measures 4,995 mm (196.7 in.) in length, 2,044 mm (80.5 in.) in width, and 1,370 mm (53.9 in.). The EV has a long wheelbase of 2,300 mm (90.6 in.).

The electric sports car made its public appearance at the Awards Ramp of the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance on August 18, 2022. DeLorean CEO Joost de Vries has said that the Mercedes-AMG GT and higher-end Porsche Taycan will be the performance benchmarks, as per a report from Autocar.

Alfa Romeo Spider EV

Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos, the head of design of Alfa Romeo, has told CAR magazine (via Instagram) that at some point, the company would have to do a Spider and coupe.

Beginning 2024, Alfa Romeo will start introducing EVs, and by 2026, it 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 body styles 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 had the heritage, and now has access to the right technology as well under Stellantis. One can certainly hope for an electric sports car from Alfa this decade.

Maserati GranTurismo Folgore Electric sports car

Maserati Granturismo Folgore side
The 2023 GranTurismo Folgore’s electric motors will deliver 1200+ hp, with Maserati promising to deliver “the fastest full electric in the luxury market.” Image: YouTube/Maserati

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 has a tri-motor set-up, with the Italian company saying that the electric powertrain delivers “way over 1,200 hp.” It features inverters derived from Formula E racing, with a lightweight ‘multi-material architecture’ to improve handling.

The GranTurismo Folgore will provide blistering acceleration as well, with Maserati Chief Communications Officer Maria Conti saying that the car will be able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds and achieve a top speed of more than 200 mph. Conti was speaking to comedian Sebastian Maniscalco while hitching a ride in a GranTurismo Folgore prototype, with Maserati Head of Design Klaus Busse behind the steering wheel.

Busse said that the GranTurismo Folgore’s batteries are located in its center tunnel. Yes, this model will have a center tunnel, as it’ll be a conversion of an ICE model, not a bespoke EV. Busse said that placing the batteries in the center tunnel allows the car to remain very low, which is the very basic expectation from a sports car on the design front. Conti said that just 10 minutes of charging will be enough to achieve a range of 100 miles. The charging port will be situated below the left-side tail lamp.

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, and large air intakes up front evoke the spirit of an Italian sports car. Busse suggested that Maserati will use a “very, very silky material” recycled from nylon in the car’s interior. The EV will be made at the brand’s Mirafiori facility on the outskirts of Turin.

Wiesmann Project Thunderball

Wiesmann Project Thunderball front three quarter
The Wiesmann Project Thunderball is a convertible electric sports car that has a unique charm. Image: Wiesmann.

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 500 kW (670 hp) and system torque of 1,100 Nm (811 lb.-ft.)

A 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint will likely take just 2.9 seconds, and the WLTP range should be over 500 km (311 miles). Wiesmann expects the energy consumption to be 20.5 kWh/100 km (62 miles). The maximum charging power the Project Thunderball can accept is 22 kW (AC)/300 kW (DC).

The Project Thunderball is available to order, with prices starting at EUR 300,000 (USD 289,859). The retro electric roadster will be manufactured at the Gecko factory in Dulmen, Germany.

Fisker Ronin

Fisker Project Ronin Convertible
The Fisker Project Ronin is a four-door, four-seater electric concept with low-profile tires, digital LED headlamps, and an illuminated brand logo. Image: Henrik Fisker (via Instagram)

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.

Honda “specialty” electric sports car

Honda Specialty electric sports car
The Honda specialty electric sports car could serve as the spiritual successor to the Honda S2000, the production of which ended in August 2009. Image Source: Honda

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

Honda Flagship electric sports car
The Honda flagship electric sports car will likely serve as a replacement for the Honda NSX (Acura NSX). Image Source: Honda

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 CEO 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, CEO, Honda (Honda Briefing on Automobile Electrification Business on April 12, 2022)

The NSX is “an innovation” platform and thus launched only when it’s time “to talk about our future,” Jon Ikeda, vice president and Acura brand officer, American Honda Motor Co., said during an interview with TheDetroitBureau.com in August 2022. The next time the NSX nameplate is revived, “it’s going to be electric,” Ikeda added, informally confirming that there will be a third-generation NSX and that it will be a pure electric sports car.

In an interview with Nikkei Asia, Jon Ikeda said that if a third-gen NSX does see the light of the day, and he’s betting it will, though not confirming, “it’s going to be (pure) electric,” the Japanese publication reported on September 21, 2022. Ikeda is Acura’s vice president and brand officer. Speaking further, he said that the next-gen NSX electric sports car “won’t be just about straight lines,” meaning that handling and other aspects crucial to delivering an exciting driving experience will be as much in focus as acceleration.

Bentley Mulsanne successor (Luxury GT)

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The last Mulsanne rolled off the production line in Crewe in June 2020. Its replacement will reportedly be a two-door GT with pure electric underpinnings. Image: Bentley

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

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Nissan has expressed interest in launching an electric sports car, but not anytime soon. Nissan Max-Out concept pictured for reference. Image Source: Nissan

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

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The TVR Griffith EV will be a limited-edition model. Image Source: TVR

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 London E-Prix that took place in July 2022. It is yet to announce details about the Griffith EV.

According to a report Auto Express published on July 29, 2022, the two EVs TVR plans to launch following the Griffith electric are an electric sedan and an electric SUV. After these high-volume models, it may launch a new electric sports car designed from the ground up, possibly inspired by the Sagaris. The British publication says that the company has hinted at these models with three teaser sketches, as per the report, although it hasn’t released those teasers.

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. 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

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The Genesis X Speedium Coupe is a technological and design vision telling customers what to expect from the next generation Genesis vehicles. However, there appears to be more to it. Image: Genesis

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.

Hyundai electric sports car

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In addition to a dramatic retro design, the Hyundai N Vision 74 boasts a brilliant zero-emission hybrid powertrain. Image Source: Hyundai

At the 2022 N Day on July 15, 2022, Hyundai N unveiled the Hyundai N Vision 74, its first hydrogen hybrid rolling lab. This concept could evolve into a production model in a few years.

Inspired by the Pony Coupe concept introduced in 1974 and the Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo from 2015, the Hyundai N Vision 74 is a retro-style sports coupe. It is 4,952 mm (196.0 in.) long, 1,995 mm (78.5 in.) wide, and 1,331 mm (52.4 in.) tall. The concept’s wheelbase measures 2,905 mm (114.4 in.).

The most interesting aspect of the N Vision 74 is its radical powertrain that combines battery-electric and fuel-cell electric systems. It has an 85 kW fuel-cell stack at the front. At the rear, there are two hydrogen tanks with a storage capacity of 4.2 kg, a 62 kWh battery pack, and two electric motors together generating over 500 kW (670 hp) and 900 Nm (664 lb.-ft.) of torque.

The hydrogen fuel cell hybrid powertrain of the N Vision 74 gives it a top speed of over 250 km/h (155 mph). Refueling its hydrogen tanks is a matter of five minutes. As for replenishing the battery pack, thanks to an 800-volt charging system, ultra-fast charging is possible. We think it could take just around 15 minutes to charge up from 10 to 80% SoC. The combined driving range of the N Vision 74 is over 600 km (373 miles).

BMW & McLaren electric sports cars

On August 16, 2022, Autocar published a report claiming that after canceling the BMW Vision M NEXT concept-derived hybrid replacement for the BMW i8 and the spiritual successor to the BMW M1, BMW M is once again open to a new supercar. CEO Frank van Meel has told it that the Vision M NEXT being scrapped doesn’t mean that BMW M isn’t thinking of a new super-sports car. “I’m always trying to figure out how it (would) work,” he added. Unlike the previously planned flagship two-door model, this car would need to be pure electric, not a hybrid.

According to a report CAR published on July 13, 2022, BMW M is considering to collaborate with McLaren for its pure electric supercar. Unlike the McLaren F1 project, there’s a plan for a BMW version as well, and both supercars would be all-electric models.

Instead of relying on existing platforms, McLaren and BMW want to develop a new platform for their upcoming electric supercars, with a targeted base weight of 1,500 kg (3,307 lbs.). McLaren’s rethink of engineering and building a modern sports car has impressed BMW, a person in Bavaria aware of the developments told CAR. The source added that the British company has come up with a clever approach to integrating key components.

There’s no word on the body style, but a four-seater with a seat height slightly lower than an SUV could make sense, perhaps similar to the Taycan Cross Turismo. Both models would carry a unique design for their exterior and interior. McLaren’s product roadmap suggests that its first EV, potentially a Super Series coupe with a 1,088 hp quad-motor powertrain will debut in 2026. The McLaren-BMW co-developed EVs may arrive by 2028.

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BMW’s Die Neue Klasse platform, arriving in 2025, will support all future vehicles starting from the 2 Series to the 7 Series. Image: BMW

Alternatively, if costs allow, BMW Group might develop an electric sports car on its Neue Klasse Platform comes to life in 2025. In a report published by WhichCar Australia magazine on January 24, 2022, BMW Group’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!

GAC Aion Hyper SSR

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The GAC Aion Hyper SSR accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in just 1.9 seconds! Image Source: GAC Group

On September 15, 2022, GAC Aion, GAC Group’s new energy brand, introduced an electric super called ‘Hyper SSR.’ GAC Aion Hyper SSR sports a twin-motor powertrain that produces 1,225 hp and 12,000 Nm (8,851 lb.-ft.) of wheel torque.

The Hyper SSR is available in two variants, a standard variant that accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) in 2.3 seconds and an ‘Ultimate’ variant that accomplishes the same in just 1.9 seconds. Flooring the accelerator pedal in the Ultimate variant will give the driver the feeling of 1.7G, comparable to an astronaut experiencing a rocket launch!

Bookings for the Hyper SSR are open in China, with pre-sale prices set at CNY 1,286,000 (USD 178,567) for the standard variant and CNY 1,688,000 (USD 234,386) for the Ultimate variant. The final prices could be slightly different, which we will know by October 2023, the month customer deliveries will commence.

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