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Electric Sports Car

Far from being a passing fad, electric cars are a definite market segment with an expanding mix of vehicle types. While still emerging, the electric sports cars category is already rife with some thoroughly exciting automobiles from some of the most respected manufacturers of performance cars in the business. This includes the likes of Acura, BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Porsche. With the cessation of production of the Tesla Roadster and the Mercedes-AMG SLS Electric Drive, currently there are no pure electric sports cars offered. However, electricity still plays a highly significant role in making contemporary sports cars quicker and more fuel efficient with gasoline/electric hybrid powertrains. Indeed, some of the most interesting sports cars introduced in the last few years have combined electric motors with traditional gasoline engines for propulsion. But don’t count pure electric sports cars out. Audi’s upcoming R8 e-tron electric sports car promises to quite exciting too.
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Electric Sports Car

Introduction Page 1 of 10 Far from being a passing fad, electric cars are a definite market segment with an expanding mix of vehicle types. While still emerging, the electric sports cars category is already rife with some thoroughly exciting automobiles from some of the most respected manufacturers of performance cars in the business. This includes the likes of Acura, BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Porsche. With the cessation of production of the Tesla Roadster and the Mercedes-AMG SLS Electric Drive, currently there are no pure electric sports cars offered. However, electricity still plays a highly significant role in making contemporary sports cars quicker and more fuel efficient with gasoline/electric hybrid powertrains. Indeed, some of the most interesting sports cars introduced in the last few years have combined electric motors with traditional gasoline engines for propulsion. But don’t count pure electric sports cars out. Audi’s upcoming R8 e-tron electric sports car promises to quite exciting too.
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Electric Sports Car

Always at the forefront of developments in high performance automobiles, it comes as no surprise to find Porsche’s inaugural production electric sports car wholly exceptional. The 918 Spyder is the first V8-powered mid-engine Porsche sports car to employ electric motors. Developed from scratch, the 918 Spyder boasts a top speed of 210 miles per hour, and is capable of accelerating from zero to 60 in 2.5 seconds. The muscularly styled body contains the 918 Spyder’s 608-horsepower V8, which displaces 4.6-liters and operates in conjunction with a pair of electric motors to generate a total system output of 887 horsepower and 944 ft-lbs of torque. The V8 engine feeds the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. One of the electric motors also energizes the rear wheels, while the other feeds the front—making the 918 Spyder also the first all-wheel drive mid-engined Porsche sports car. Pricing starts at $845,000.
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Porsche 918 Spyder Page 1 of 10 Porsche 918 Spyder Always at the forefront of developments in high performance automobiles, it comes as no surprise to find Porsche’s inaugural production electric sports car wholly exceptional. The 918 Spyder is the first V8-powered mid-engine Porsche sports car to employ electric motors. Developed from scratch, the 918 Spyder boasts a top speed of 210 miles per hour, and is capable of accelerating from zero to 60 in 2.5 seconds. The muscularly styled body contains the 918 Spyder’s 608-horsepower V8, which displaces 4.6-liters and operates in conjunction with a pair of electric motors to generate a total system output of 887 horsepower and 944 ft-lbs of torque. The V8 engine feeds the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. One of the electric motors also energizes the rear wheels, while the other feeds the front—making the 918 Spyder also the first all-wheel drive mid-engined Porsche sports car. Pricing starts at $845,000.
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Porsche 918 Spyder Always at the forefront of developments in high performance automobiles, it comes as no surprise to find Porsche’s inaugural production electric sports car wholly exceptional. The 918 Spyder is the first V8-powered mid-engine Porsche sports car to employ electric motors. Developed from scratch, the 918 Spyder boasts a top speed of 210 miles per hour, and is capable of accelerating from zero to 60 in 2.5 seconds. The muscularly styled body contains the 918 Spyder’s 608-horsepower V8, which displaces 4.6-liters and operates in conjunction with a pair of electric motors to generate a total system output of 887 horsepower and 944 ft-lbs of torque. The V8 engine feeds the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. One of the electric motors also energizes the rear wheels, while the other feeds the front—making the 918 Spyder also the first all-wheel drive mid-engined Porsche sports car. Pricing starts at $845,000.
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There are two ways to think of the 2016 BMW i3: it’s a subcompact luxury car that happens to be all-electric, or it’s a subcompact electric car that happens to be from a luxury brand. From either perspective, the i3 is sort of a loner in the electric car world, as others at its size are considerably less expensive, but it’s still one of Autobytel’s favorite 10 sporty electric cars. The i3 is a hatchback that seats four, and comes powered by an electric motor paired to a single-speed transmission, with an output of 170 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft of torque. While BMW fans might not get particularly excited about those specs, the i3 does offer impressive acceleration, and its light weight and rear-wheel-drive layout help provide a sports car-like feel. The BMW i3 also corners well and has sharp steering, which also increase the car’s sportiness. The base i3 can travel up to 81 miles on a charge, but there’s a Range Extender model available that uses a gasoline engine to charge the battery.
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2016 BMW i3 There are two ways to think of the 2016 BMW i3: it’s a subcompact luxury car that happens to be all-electric, or it’s a subcompact electric car that happens to be from a luxury brand. From either perspective, the i3 is sort of a loner in the electric car world, as others at its size are considerably less expensive, but it’s still one of Autobytel’s favorite 10 sporty electric cars. The i3 is a hatchback that seats four, and comes powered by an electric motor paired to a single-speed transmission, with an output of 170 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft of torque. While BMW fans might not get particularly excited about those specs, the i3 does offer impressive acceleration, and its light weight and rear-wheel-drive layout help provide a sports car-like feel. The BMW i3 also corners well and has sharp steering, which also increase the car’s sportiness. The base i3 can travel up to 81 miles on a charge, but there’s a Range Extender model available that uses a gasoline engine to charge the battery.
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Think hybrid or electric cars, and exciting sleek sports cars, powerful SUVs and fast saloons might not spring to mind – but they are out there. That means you can buy a pure driver’s car without having to compromise on running costs or environmental values. Of course, you’ll pay a premium for some of these models, but don’t forget that others are eligible for the government’s Plug In Car Grant and could be exempt from the London Congestion Charge. • Best hybrid and electric cars • Best electric cars • Best hybrid cars • Best hybrid SUVs The list below covers sports cars in all their forms. We haven’t just covered the curvy coupes that might immediately spring to mind, but anything that’s capable of putting a smile on your face. So read on for our top 10 best electric and hybrid sports cars, saloons, hot hatchbacks and SUVs.
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Ford’s C-Max Energi is a compact wagon with seating for five, powered by a plug-in hybrid drivetrain. This sporty electric car comes powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine and an electric motor, along with a continuously variable automatic transmission. The combination is good for 188 horsepower. While the C-Max Energi isn’t a fully electric car, it’s capable of being driven on electric power for up to 19 miles, and earns 88 mpg-equivalent in the process. Otherwise, just drive it like a normal hybrid. Though the C-Max Energi might not be quite as sporty as some of the other electric cars mentioned here (and it certainly doesn’t look particularly athletic), it is recognized for providing much better handling than most hybrid cars of its size.
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Since the Nissan LEAF made its debut in 2011, it’s become the best-selling electric car in the world. This compact hatchback, which seats five passengers, has undergone a few changes for the 2016 model year. The top two trim levels offer an upgraded battery with an improved full electric range, meaning the LEAF can travel on electric power for up to 107 miles (an improvement over the base trim’s 84 miles). The LEAF comes powered by an electric motor that makes 107 horsepower, which provides decent acceleration in city driving but is a little lackluster at highway speeds. It provides good steering feedback and handling that’s better than most people expect. The Nissan LEAF isn’t intended to be a sporty car, and no one here is trying to pretend otherwise. But it earns a spot here based on its eager-to-please nature; more drivers around the world have found that the LEAF is an easy way to live with an electric vehicle.

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