The automobile is transitioning into a new era, which brings its share of changes, such as the arrival of electric and hybrid engines. Manufacturers are therefore starting to offer sports cars using these technologies.
Hybrids where the electric unit is used to increase power
As their name suggests, hybrid sports cars have both a heat engine and an electric motor. In the case of sports cars, the latter is mainly used to gain more power than for autonomy.
Volkswagen Golf GTE Hybrid, the versatile compact
The Golf is a classic at Volkswagen. The GTE Hybrid combines sportiness and autonomy. With its 245 horsepower, it rivals the GTI. Power is provided by the 1.4 TSI with 150 horsepower and the electric unit developing 102 horsepower (75 kW). A 6-speed triple-clutch DSG automatic gearbox is installed in the car.
The Golf GTE accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 222 km/h. These numbers are not surprising, but you can drive every day. It has a consumption limited to 1.6 liters per 100 km and a theoretical range of 50 km. This five-door plug-in hybrid also has the lowest price on the list at €42,540. This is a good argument if we add driving pleasure.
Peugeot 508 PSE, the sports sedan
The only French on the list, the Peugeot 508 PSE comes in the form of a 5-door fastback sedan or station wagon. The car has a 1.6 liter PureTech 4-cylinder engine that develops 200 horsepower, coupled with two electric motors (front and rear) of 110 horsepower and 113 horsepower.
La Française features a radical style, muscular exterior design and low architecture. Despite being powerful, it is less practical than the Golf. Its price is €67,100 for the most powerful version.
Performance Mercedes-AMG GT 63 SE
The Mercedes-AMG GT 63 SE Performance is a combination of German performance and comfort. This branded hybrid develops 639 horsepower with its 4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine and 204 horsepower with its electric motor. That’s a total of 843 horsepower with 1,200 Nm of torque to move the car nearly 2.4 tonnes. The 0 to 100 is in less than 3 seconds (2.9 exactly) and the top speed is 313 km/h.
The electric drive is mostly used here to increase the power of this sports car to have all the power available. The unit can deliver 70 kW or 150 kW in 10 seconds. Its real strength lies in the energy recovery system, which is very efficient to quickly fill the 6.1 kWh battery. This model starts at €210,000 excluding options.
Ferrari SF90 Stradale, the manufacturer’s first hybrid
We continued to grow with Ferrari’s first hybrid, the SF90 Stradale. Pure sport with the engine (several times qualified as the best) 4-liter 90° V8 engine with 780 horsepower. The electric motor develops 162 kW, or 220 horsepower, for a total output of 1,000 horsepower. With all-wheel drive and a weight of 1,570 kg, it accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.5 seconds and reaches 200 km/h in just 6.7 seconds.
SF90 is the name of the brand’s F1 in 2019. The hypercar version concentrates the manufacturer’s know-how in terms of performance and driving pleasure. However, you will have to be on the track to get the most out of the car. Its price is around half a million euros.
100% electric sports cars
The new fashion concerns electric cars. We already have some well-known manufacturers like BMW and Porsche that have models in this category. With this selection we will see the most interesting sports.
BMW i4 M50, the meeting between M ei
We’ll start with the BWM i4 M50, presented alongside the Series 4 Gran Coupé. The acronym means only one thing at the German manufacturer: sport. It is almost identical to the Series 4 Gran Coupé, except for the mirrors, which are taken from the M4. The interior is the same. It’s the first electric to look so much like its thermal counterpart.
The M Series obliges, this electric develops 544 horsepower (400 kW) in Sport-Boost mode to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds. With its range of 520 km on the WLTP cycle and its very efficient regenerative system, especially in freewheeling, it allows you to make the most of the roads. Its price is €71,650 excluding options.
Tesla Model 3 Performance (2022), the family sedan
The Tesla Model 3 is currently one of the best-selling electric models in the world. This car is not a pure sports car. The “Performance” version is a family sedan with more than 500 horsepower and 660 Nm of torque, which accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.3 seconds.
Its strength lies in its average range of 567 km and the manufacturer’s “SuperChargers” terminals. 26 minutes will be enough to recharge the battery from 10% to 80%. Offering a good price/performance ratio, this model is available from €59,990.
Porsche Taycan Turbo S
One of the best electric sports cars on the market, the Porsche Taycan Turbo S is the most powerful and most efficient in the Taycan series. This model has an output of 761 horsepower with a torque of 1,050 Nm. It goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds.
With its galvanized aluminum body and its specific 21-inch rims, the car weighs 2.3 tons, it’s a real Porsche. She inherits the genes of her thermal sisters. Its energy recovery capabilities allow it to recycle 270 kW in 5 minutes for another 100 km. The Taycan Turbo S starts at €189,152 without bonuses and penalties.
Audi RS e-tron GT
A little less efficient than the Taycan Turbo S, the Audi RS e-tron GT holds up well. Low center of gravity, full length and flat to the ground, the sedan has everything of a sports car. It comes from the same platform as the Porsche, hence some similarities in design.
The Audi RS e-tron GT has four-wheel steering, powered by an engine producing 598 horsepower (440 kW) and 830 Nm of torque. It can reach 645 horsepower with Overboost. This allows the sedan to go from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.4 seconds. Elegant and sporty at the same time, the RS e-tron GT starts at €140,700.
The automobile is turning to electrification. Some manufacturers like Porsche and Audi already have their own 100% electric sports cars. Others, like Ferrari, start with hybrids and a more restrained engine like V8s and V6s at the expense of naturally aspirated V10s and V12s. This era shift also introduces new players such as Rimac and his Nevera, which is one of the most efficient electric hypercars.