Top 5 Electric Supercars

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1. Tesla Model S P85D

Tesla’s advanced electric powertrain delivers exhilarating performance. The Model S acceleration is instantaneous, silent and smooth. Step on the accelerator and in as little as 3.2 the seconds Model S is travelling 100 kilometres per hour, without hesitation, and without a drop of gasoline. All this for c$100k makes it the number 1 electric car for the supercar buyer who’s on a budget.

2. Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive

In 2013 Mercedes created the most powerful AMG of all time and, the world’s fastest electrically-powered series production vehicle. The SLS AMG Electric Drive delivers enormous thrust courtesy of four synchronous electric motors providing a combined maximum output of 552 kW and maximum torque of 1000 Nm.

3. LaFerrari

The LaFerrari is the first ever car with hybrid technology to come out of Maranello. The V12 – the most powerful naturally aspirated engine ever used on a road car – produces 588kW and the electric motor adds a further 120kW, giving the LaFerrari a total output of 708kW. This makes it capable of accelerating from 0-200kph in less than 7 secs. Vmax is 350kph.

4. Porsche 918

The Porsche 918 uses a hybrid-carbonfibre construction, a 4.6L V8 combustion engine and a petrol-electric ‘plug-in’ powertrain. The electrified portion of the car consists of one permanently excited electric motor per axle, producing a maximum 210kW between them. While the rear motor-generator drives through the same seven-speed PDK transmission as the combustion engine, the front motor drives via a single speed and is deliberately under-geared to run out of revs and decouple at 265kph. Top speed is 345kph.

5. McLaren P1

McLaren claim to have designed, engineered and built to be the best driver’s car in the world with the McLaren P1; a car that follows in the footsteps of the iconic McLaren F1. The mid-mounted twin-turbo V8 engine is derived from the one fitted to the 12C, but with numerous and significant differences. By itself, the V8 produces an already astonishing 542kW, but it has been designed to work in conjunction with the electric motor, which gives seamless performance and takes the powertrain’s combined output to a dizzying 673kW.

The Numbers

$0.69M
LaFerrari

$0.35M
McLaren P1
$0k
Porsche 918

$0k
Mercedes SLS AMG Electric

$0k
Tesla Model S P85D

Power (kW)

LaFerrari
707
McLaren P1
673
Porsche 918
652
Mercedes SLS AMG Electric
552
Tesla P85D
515

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