One of the most common complaints about electric vehicles is that they are “boring,” in large part because they are quiet and this takes away a large part of the sensory experience of driving the car. I won’t deny that I’ll miss the sound of internal combustion engines when they’re gone (although that will be a long time to come).
But there’s a lot to look forward to if you’re a fan of exciting and capable cars when we even look at the short-term view of the upcoming new models. Long gone are the days of “golf carts on steroids” like the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, and electric vehicles are instead being promoted as high-performance, luxury cars.
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There are exciting electric cars coming from Porsche, Polestar, BMW, and Audi – even Kia co-workers with the attractive EV6 GT.
Audi is raising the bar in its electric range with the introduction of the e-tron S and e-tron GT models. The first is a more powerful version of the current electric SUV, while the second is an all-new sports sedan based on the same foundations as the Porsche Taycan.
But, wait, that’s not all, because Audi will offer the RS e-tron GT, a 440 kW / 830 Nm version that will effectively replace the R8 supercar as the German brand’s halo model.
This won’t be the only electric sports sedan on our way in 2022 as Porsche and BMW prepare to launch rivals to Audi.
Porsche will be expanding the Taycan range with a new GTS model, which is significant because the “GTS” badge is intended for the brand’s “driver-focused” models. This means that the Taycan GTS is built to impress the driver, with its tuned 440 kW twin-engine powertrain.
BMW has overhauled its electric-vehicle strategy, ditching the quirky and compact i3 in favor of a wider range of options — including its first model with the M badge, the i4 M50. This new offering will have a pair of electric motors for an output of 400 kW / 795 Nm, which is comfortably more than the latest M3 competition. Unlike some of its competitors, BMW is not only adding more electric grunt, but the i4 M50 will also come with adaptive M suspension and M Sport brakes to ensure handling poise and precision.
For those who don’t balance performance and excitement, there are other alternatives to electric vehicles. BMW has just launched the iX, its new flagship SUV. The powerful iX M60 M Sport-tuned is due to arrive later this year, making 440 kW, to join the iX xDrive40 and xDrive50 Sport models.
And this is only the beginning; Porsche will launch the all-electric Macan in 2023; Volvo’s spin-off Polestar has plans for a full range of exciting electric vehicles starting at 2, 3, 4 and 5; The Kia EV6 GT will be the brand’s most powerful model ever; Mercedes-AMG will launch a range of e-Performance models; By the end of the decade there will be electric sports cars from Porsche and Ferrari.
These are just some of the exciting electric models that will be headed our way in the coming years, which should be enough to win all but the most powerful petrol heads.
The future of high-performance cars and the thrill of driving is sure to look, feel and feel different, but for those who love to drive, the future looks bright.