Beginning of November, I drove in a 1,400 horsepower electric drift car. The inventively named Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400 is a unique demonstrator designed to show how fun and exciting electric racing can be.
And boy, it works. There was smoke. There was noise. There was dazed laughter. It was incredibly exciting. Although many people can still equate electric vehicles with the practice, boring cars like the Nissan Leaf and the Chevrolet Bolt, this is no longer so true.
Today there are many more exciting sports cars than boring cars. And some of them can go over 200 miles an hour. So we’ve rounded up the fastest EVs you can buy today (and a few that you can buy soon).
And, of course, don’t try this at home.
8. Porsche Taycan Turbo S – Top speed: 161 mph
The Taycan Turbo S is Porsche’s flagship electric car, capable of going from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.6 seconds and with a maximum output of 750 hp. It only has a range of 201 miles estimated by the EPA, but with performance like this, who cares?
The Taycan Turbo S starts at $ 185,000 and its two-speed transmission peaks at 161mph, good for number 8 on our list.
7. Tesla Model 3 Performance – Top speed: 162 mph
Elon Musk loves to build really fast electric cars. He seems to believe – correctly! – that presenting the performance of electric vehicles is a necessity when selling cars to a public skeptical of this new technology.
That is why since Model S there have been increasingly faster performance variants of all Tesla cars. In this case, the boring name Model 3 Performance can go from 0 to 60 in 3.1 seconds, thanks to its two electric motors, and continue up to a top top speed of 162 mph.
The Tesla Model 3 Performance starts at $ 58,990.
6. Tesla Model X Plaid – Top speed: 163 mph
But Elon doesn’t use boring names for all of his performance cars. The ridiculously named Plaid Model X is the fastest version of the big seven-seater SUV to date. The X Plaid develops a maximum power of 1,020 horsepower and is capable of going from 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds and continuing to go the 1/4 mile in a mind-boggling 9.9 seconds.
It’s in an SUV that comes close to three tons, and has crazy hawk-wing doors that open like … well, like a hawk. And, with a range estimated at 333 miles by the EPA, it has enough horsepower to meet daily driving needs. Tesla claims the X Plaid is the most powerful and fastest SUV in the world, although we doubt most buyers will ever test the top speed of 163 mph.
The Tesla Model X Plaid starts at $ 119,990.
5. Lucid Air – Top speed: 168 mph
Everything just released Lucid air is the latest competitor in luxury electric vehicles, and it promises impressive, albeit very ambitious, specs. Lucid follows the Tesla model of releasing expensive luxury cars before expanding the low market to more affordable products.
The Air starts at $ 77,400 for the Pure version, but goes up to $ 169,000 exclusive at launch, Air Dream Edition, which produces up to 1,111 horsepower. Lucid says he can do 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds and go on a 9.9 second quarter mile.
Only a handful was delivered and we couldn’t test it, but Lucid says the Air Dream Performance Edition will hit 168 mph.
4. Tesla Model S Plaid – Top speed: 200 mph
Leaving Ludicrous far behind, the Tesla Model S Plaid takes huge electric sedans to a whole other planet. Using all of Tesla’s know-how in batteries and electric motors, the Plaid model S has 1,020 peak horsepower and an equally impressive EPA estimated range of 396 miles.
That’s good enough for a mind-blowing 1.99-second 0-60mph run, as cited by Tesla, and a top speed of 200mph (“when fitted with the right one with the proper wheels and tires”, Tesla said in a footnote). It can also go the quarter mile at a barely believable rate of 9.23 seconds.
The fact that a car, weighing nearly 4,800 pounds and seating five, can deliver hypercar performance starting at $ 129,990 really shows how far EVs – and Tesla – have gone.
3. Lotus Evija – Top speed: 200+ mph
The famous British sports car manufacturer Lotus is getting into the electric car game, thanks to a cash injection from Geely, its new owner. This is the same Chinese company that owns Volvo and Polestar, lending some credibility to the company’s operations.
The Evija is Lotus’ first electric car and it is very impressive. With an output of 1,972 horsepower and 3,700 pounds, the Evija’s four electric motors are expected to propel it to a top speed of over 200 mph.
As it is a sports car aimed directly at the track, it will not have an amazing range, however. Lotus says it is aiming for 215 miles on the more generous European WLTP cycle, which means it will likely have an EPA estimated range of less than 200.
Expect the Evija to cost over $ 2 million, with just 130 models produced.
2. New Tesla Roadster – Top speed: 250+ mph
New Tesla Roadster isn’t a real car yet, but its promised specs are impressive enough to be mentioned here. That’s especially true given how wild Tesla’s performance variants already are, and it’s not too much to expect the Roadster to come close to what is claimed.
Tesla claims the new Roadster will be the fastest car in the world, going from 0 to 100 km / h in just 1.9 seconds. The company also claims a ridiculous range of 620 miles and a top speed of over 250 mph. It remains to be seen whether he will actually be able to do all of this, with a starting price of $ 250,000.
Still, I hope most people have learned not to count Elon.
1. Rimac Nevera – Top speed: 258 mph
After a merger with hypercar builder Bugatti, Rimac is ready to take over the world with the new Never. It’s poised to be the best electric vehicle of all, putting out 1,914 horsepower and 1,740 pound-feet of torque. Rimac says it will go from 0 to 60 mph in 1.85 seconds and from 0 to 180 mph in 9.3 seconds. The quarter mile? It will be completed in 8.6 seconds and it will continue at a top speed of 258 mph.
These are ridiculous numbers that might sound absurd in a video game, but given what the Rimac Concept One (Nevera’s concept car predecessor) was capable of …
Expect the Nevera to cost over $ 2.4 million.