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All of the historical reasons to not want to buy electric cars just aren't true for the vast majority of people anymore: they cost less, they perform better, they look great, they do what people need done and, oh yeah, they are still more environmental friendly. Right now it's just inertia, availability and marketing that keeps people buying non-electric vehicles. In a few years, it will be impossible to rationally justify buying a gas car for most people, which won't stop a lot of people from continuing to make irrational decisions about their car purchases. Electric cars don't cost more, but it can be front-end loaded, - As has been pointed out, over eight years of ownership a base Tesla Model S costs about ,the same or less, than a Honda Odyssey minivan and has about as much cargo and seating space. With fuel prices being a tenth to a third of gasoline vehicles and maintenance costs being much lower as well, electric cars are cheap to operate. However, that's not the entire story. The up front cost of a Tesla is much higher than the upfront cost of an Odyssey, and so more money must be spent today. Human psychology being what it is, people tend to significantly underplay future expenditures vs present expenditures. Of course, that's for a Tesla. If you start looking at the Nissan Leaf, its internal combustion sister the Nissan Juke is ,more expensive every year ,along the way, so sticker shock isn't an issue. Electric cars perform better than cars in their class, but they don't go vrooom, - Pretty much every electric car has its batteries low in the chassis reducing the centre of gravity and making cornering better. They all have much more low-end torque than equivalent internal combustion cars meaning that they leap away from the starting line faster. Regenerative braking means that disk rotors don't overheat, and usually never even need replacing. The Tesla seven seater sedan famously blows away everything except tricked out muscle cars and exotics in drag races. The fastest production motorcycle in the world is electric, and it won the Pike's Peak race to boot, and not just in its class. You'd think that this would mean the men and women who love performance in their cars and bikes would love electric, but it's remarkable how much of that love is bound up in the aesthetics of vrooom. It's such a dominant force that for their high-end i8 hybrid sports car, BMW actually has set up the sound system to go vrooom so that their customers can pretend they are driving something that uses more gas than kilowatts. However, this will go away eventually. When automatic dual-clutch transmissions and paddle-shifters started making their way into top-end cars, enthusiasts howled. But purity was completely overridden by performance; DCT and paddle-shifts are much, much faster than the alternative and waste a lot less engine power. The same with electric vehicles. They've gone from wimpy to exotic performance in a decade or less; gear heads will catch up. Check out the advances on this electric motorcycle in three years if you don't believe me. Electric cars have more than enough range, but it feels like not enough, - The overwhelming majority of trips with cars are much shorter than the range of even the least of the highway-capable electric cars. Tesla's range is better than other vehicles in its class. And the capper: electric vehicles start out each morning with full range because they get plugged in at night. Most people save 30 minutes or more weekly by not having to go to gas stations. But people tend to think of cars in terms of the much rarer longer drives that they do, not the 99% of driving that they do. In the case of the Nissan Leaf, the annual savings would allow them to rent a larger vehicle for the one or two longer trips and still have money left over. In the case of the Tesla, the Supercharger network is growing rapidly and six day road trips from ,San Diego to Whistler, BC, are no more inconvenient than in a conventional luxury sedan. Electric cars used to look nerdy; not anymore, - Conspicuous green credentials used to involve cars that didn't look like other cars. The Insight, the Volt and others just looked weird and often ugly to many people. Now electric and electric hybrid cars look pretty damned good, or at the very least, indistinguishable from other cars in their class. Some people claim electric cars are actually worse polluters; they're wrong, - If you live in a place where all of the electricity is from coal, then the CO2 from electricity can be greater than the CO2 from the equivalent amount of gasoline, not to mention the particulate and chemical emissions. That's a concern, but strategically, electric cars add electrical demand to grids, giving utilities money to build more generation assets. And those generation assets are invariably much cleaner than coal. The grid is getting cleaner fast while gasoline burned in a car's engine can't eliminate the CO2. Others make the claim that batteries are toxic waste, but they are wrong as well. Used Tesla batteries are targeted for reuse as grid storage or recycling for new batteries. And lithium-ion batteries are actually safe in landfills. There just aren't a lot of electric cars being built right now, - There have been just over 600,000 electric hybrid cars sold to date, which sounds like a lot, but that's over a decade. Meanwhile, in the USA alone over 17 million cars were bought in the last year. Most manufacturers have one or two token vehicles in their lineups but make most of their money from vehicles which have been around in one form or another for ten years or more. There are cosmetic changes annually to make people think something is happening, but in reality they are just more of the same already amortized technology. 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When picturing a modern sports car, you might imagine anything from a lightweight track car or a modern hot hatchback, to a mid-engined two-seater or a front-engined grand touring coupé. For the purposes of this top 10 chart, however, we can narrow our terms of reference down a bit; Caterham Sevens, Ferrari 488s, Alpine A110s and BMW M cars are ranked and dealt with elsewhere. Here, we’re interested in full-sized, fulsomely endowed, fully rounded dedicated sports cars priced between about £60,000 and £120,000. Only grown-up, big-hitting, multi-faceted and purpose-built options get in. Front-, mid- and rear-engined offerings are included, likewise rear-drive and four-wheel-drive layouts, open and closed cockpits and both simple petrol and hybrid powertrains. There are plenty of routes towards the level of indulgent performance, vivid handling poise, immersive driver engagement and character you’d expect of a true sports car, after all. But which should you take – and why? 1. Porsche 911 Carrera So far we’ve driven the new 992 generation of Porsche’s 911 in both rear-driven Carrera S and four-wheel-drive Carrera 4S guises, the former only on track, and yet both early tests suggested that this eighth-generation, rear-engined sporting hero is every inch as great a driver’s car as the 991 it’s replacing this year – and, if anything, stands ready to take the game away from its rivals. Having grown longer and slightly wider than the car it replaces, the 992 is so far only available in 444bhp 3.0-litre turbo ‘S’-derivative form, with an eight-speed PDK gearbox and with either rear- or four-wheel drive. Both versions use what used to be called the 911’s ‘widebody’ shell (which has been lightened by more extensive use of aluminium in its construction), while four-wheel steering is now an option even on non-GT-level cars and mixed-width wheels and tyres come as standard. Although there’s as much reason as ever for the keenest of drivers to stick with the car’s purer rear-driven mechanical layout, the 992’s wider front axle track and quickened steering ratio seem to have sharpened the car’s handling very effectively. Its turbocharged engine might not have the textural qualities of Porsche’s old atmospheric engines, but it makes for very serious real-world performance – and, overall, for a car that remains without equal among direct rivals for usability, for rounded sporting credibility and especially for the accessible, everyday-use, any-occasion brilliance of its driver appeal. 2. Jaguar F-Type The F-Type shows that Jaguar can produce a car of true sporting specialism as well as any German manufacturer. It’s a machine of incredible, multi-faceted allure – and, like the E-Type was, it’s great value. The car falls short of being truly exceptional – it has too many imperfections and shortcomings for that. On usability, it comes up short next to plenty of sports cars, having only two seats, offering slightly cramped accommodation even for two, and limited boot space in convertible forms. And yet, in multi-cylinder engine guises particularly, it has performance and handling dynamism every bit as boisterous as its throaty, vivacious soul – and a driving experience to savour. There can be no question that the F-Type is another landmark in the 21st-century recasting of the Jaguar brand. While not perfect, it is an inspired, wonderful car. 3. Lotus Evora A decade has now passed since the introduction of Lotus’s mid-engined, 2+2 Porsche-chaser, the Evora. At the time of its introduction, the car brought plenty of qualities to embrace but also flaws to regret. Today, it retains a chassis and steering system that both truly deserve top billing. Few sports cars have such immersive, positive steering, or a ride and handling compromise so suited to life on British roads. However, that which was questionable about the Evora’s wider case for ownership back in 2009 has become nothing short of decidedly problematic for it now. This Lotus has never really had the powertrain its chassis deserved. Although Hethel now conjures as much as 430bhp from the car’s soulful Toyota-sourced supercharged V6, the Evora’s truculent transmission remains the limit of your enjoyment of it. A particularly small boot would make weekend touring jaunts difficult, while a tight, inaccessible and relatively antiquated interior stretches the bounds of acceptability on how simple a modern £80,000 sports car ought to be. Still, if you can find a way to enjoy it, you’ll savour every drive in an Evora. Few cars mix the brilliant with the inadequate quite so strikingly. 4. BMW i8 The i8 is one of the most compelling and unusual sports cars we’ve tested in years, not only because of its fascinating plug-in hybrid powertrain, its appealing driving experience and its otherworldly design, but also because of how exquisitely finished it feels as a product – both inside and outside – and how easy it would be to live with. That the car’s handling dynamics fall slightly short of the very best we’d expect of a sports car is a minor drawback for the i8 – but the problem only really takes the edge off the car’s appeal when it comes to track driving. The i8 will pinch sales from the 911, no doubt. And while the Porsche remains far better to drive, you can easily see why you might fancy driving what feels like the sports car of the future instead. 5. Nissan GT-R However long in the tooth he has become, ‘Godzilla’ is in rude health. If out-and-out real-world, any-condition speed is what you crave from your sports car, nothing does it better below £100k than Nissan’s self-identified ‘world’s fastest brick’ – the incredible, indefatigable GT-R. But then speed probably isn’t quite all you want in a modern sports car. Nissan knows this. It has therefore tried to make the GT-R a more rounded, luxurious and mature axe-wielding mentalist of a device over recent years and revisions – and it has made a difference, albeit not a big one. Delicacy and subtlety aren’t this car’s specialisms any more now than before but, compared with the increasingly digital-feeling cars launched around and about it, the GT-R offers more charm than ever. 6. Lexus LC As a keen driver, you feel inclined to make a case for the LC. It has a superbly charismatic and likeable V8 engine, and balanced, spry, involving handling makes it feel, at times, more of a natural rival for a Jaguar F-Type or a Porsche 911 than the mix of two- and four-door sporting grand tourers that Lexus identifies as its true opponents. Hence the car’s inclusion here. The LC seems large, heavy, leaden-footed and a bit cumbersome on the road at times – so you never quite escape a feeling of ambivalence towards the car. On song, its V8 engine is hugely special; on a smooth surface, its sheer agility and balance are quite something. Equally, the car’s cabin, while remarkably luxurious, wants for much in the way of storage space, and its touring credentials are undermined by a particularly unpleasant run-flat-shod secondary ride. Ultimately, depending on how much you’re moved by its virtues or irked by its shortcomings, this car is either a bit of a rough diamond or the dreaded curate’s egg. For us, it’s much closer to the former. 7. Chevrolet Corvette Stingray If you were asked to predict what the Corvette Stingray would be like to drive based purely on its on-paper specification and how it looks, our bet is that you wouldn’t end up too wide of the mark. This is a fairly large supercar with a brawny naturally aspirated engine up front, a manual gearbox and rear-wheel drive. Sounds very traditional – and it is, to an extent. But the Corvette comes with an interior which, while not causing sleepless nights in much of Germany, is a quantum leap over that of the model it replaces on quality and equipment. There’s plenty of ability here, while the car’s chassis is greatly enjoyable if you can find the right places to deploy it. The car’s character is old-school, unreconstructed and best sampled with the electronic driver aids left switched on. Still, it’s very likeable and dramatic. 8. Maserati GranTurismo That Maserati got so many of the basics right with its GranTurismo coupé makes the car’s remaining few failings all the more frustrating. How difficult could it have been to get the seating position right, for example? Or to fix the odd trim fit defect, or perfect the adjustable damping? More complex, and thus more forgivable, is that just occasionally we wish the GranTurismo’s V8 engine hit a little harder, for all its aural splendour; and that its gearbox felt a little less clunky and antiquated. While we can’t ignore such troubles in our overall rating, we would be the first to admit the GranTurismo remains a truly desirable car – even in its dotage. It’s a car you no longer need to make excuses to buy or to own and, while it’s now a way off the sports car class’s prevailing dynamic standards, still a pleasure to drive. 9. Alfa Romeo 4C The 4C should have been the car to rocket Alfa Romeo back into the headlines and restore its reputation as a maker of world-class driver’s cars. That it took the Giulia saloon to actually achieve that, arriving a few years later than the 4C, says most of what you need to know about this car. This was supposed to be the sports car with which Turin could launch its talons into the North American market all over again. That idea was soon quashed by Alfa’s management when they realised that the finished 4C, with its carbonfibre construction and hardcore temperament, would be much too uncompromising for that. The 4C was withdrawn from sale in the UK back in 2016. The spider that remains makes a bad situation worse as regards the car’s price, which was always £10,000 higher than it ought to have been in order to really tempt people out of Porsche Caymans and Lotus Elises even in cheaper coupé form. The car’s handling is nothing if not direct and involving, and its turbo four-pot engine feels pretty potent in a car this light, though it’s lacking a little on richness. Roundedness and everyday usability are what might prevent you from adopting the 4C: those, at any rate, and the £60k price tag. 10. Morgan Roadster After the deletion of the Plus 8, the V6-engined Roadster now represents the top rung of the model ladder for the Morgan Motor Company. It’s a car with a list price starting just north of £55,000, and likely ending beyond £60,000 once you’ve added the optional extras you’re likely to want. Remembering, of course, that this is a car built on a ladder chassis and wood frame, whose appeal depends about as squarely upon a comfortable pair of rose-tinted glasses as that of mince-based wartime cookery. So you won’t want one with a head-up display and automatic lane keeping – and, as it happens, Morgan doesn’t offer such things. The last Roadster we drove had the car’s old Ford-sourced 3.0-litre V6 engine, while the new one has a 3.7 with considerably more power and torque to motivate its relatively slight 950kg. So it shouldn’t be a car that wants for performance – particularly since the last car’s handling and steering discouraged press-on driving after a point, the former being fairly balanced and nimble but the latter heavy at town speeds and vague thereafter, suffering with notable bump-steer.
Electric cars are already a mainstay on the roads, with a growing number of ,all-electric models being available to buy right now,. The electric effect is now in full force, with established brands committing to offering a wider range of pure electric cars in the future, while those who depend heavily on diesel are seeing sales falter - with a deadline of 2035 in regions like the UK to halt sales in combustion cars. Prices are falling, models are diversifying and it's all going hand-in-hand with increased investment and roll-out of ,charging networks,. But what electric cars are coming? Let's take a closer look at what you can expect to see hitting the roads in the next few years. JEEP Jeep Wrangler BEV Concept Jeep has teased an all-electric Wrangler. Thanks to a ,site looking forward to the future of Jeep,, we now know that the brand is looking at an electric offroader. Not much is declared about the plans, but it does say more will be revealed at the Easter Jeep Safari. HYUNDAI Hyundai Ioniq 5 Hyundai has teased images of its forthcoming Ioniq 5. The Ioniq 5 is said to be based on the Hyundai 45 concept that was shown at the 2019 Frankfurt motorshow. It's expected to be a new E-GMP based battery electric vehicle and promised to get a world premiere in February 2021. KIA Kia future electric cars Kia has confirmed that there will be a new next-gen battery electric vehicle announced in early 2021. It will sit on the E-GMP platform, have a crossover-inspired design and over 500km of range. It will be the first launch under the new Kia branding and we suspect it will the car internally known as the Kia CV and closely related to the forthcoming Hyundai Ioniq 5. RENAULT Renault 5 Prototype When in doubt, roll in nostalgia. That seems to be the approach that Renault wants to take, showing off an prototype of an electric Renault 5. We've all got fond memories of this classic, and it would go head-to-head with the Mini Electric and the Honda e as a compact EV for urban dwellers. Please Renault, please, please, please reinvent the Renault 5. MOTOR1 Audi Q4 e-tron Audi unveiled two versions of the Q4 concept - ,the e-tron and the Sportback,. It's very much following the lead of the original e-tron model, offering two styles of electric SUV in smaller sizes than the existing model. That will expand the range towards Q5 size. A range of 279 miles is claimed from an 82kWh battery for the Quattro models, a rear-wheel drive only model should hit 310 miles. We're expecting to see more of the Q4 e-tron later in 2020, with the Sportback due in 2021 - and already spotted in camouflage out testing. BMW BMW iX BMW has announced its flagship electric SUV, the ,BMW iX,. This is the production model of the long-tease iNext, now appearing more like an electric X5 in terms of size. It promises a number of configurations, with 300 mile range, all-wheel drive and a 500ps model. There's a refreshed interior design too, so it feels like something of a continuation of the BMW i3. HYUNDAI Hyundai Kona Electric Hyundai has announced a refreshed version of the ,Kona Electric,, due on the roads in 2021. While the underpinnings remain similar - it will still give impressive 300 mile range and come in two battery sizes - there's been a refresh to the interior and the exterior to make this car look a little more like an EV. No word on pricing, but we expect it to compeitive. GMC Hummer EV There's an ,electric Hummer, coming that promises to be a capable as combustion version. Hummer is throwing in loads of tech and loads of power, wanting to rival the Tesla Cybertruck. There's 350 miles of range promised and a super-fast 350kW charging, while the motors will deliver 1000hp and a 0-60 time of 3 seconds. There's full visibility with cameras under the body, as well as the ability to drive diagonally, thanks to all-wheel steering. Production won't start until late 2021. DACIA Dacia Spring The ,Dacia Spring, is now an official prodcution car. Aimed at the affordable end of the market, it has a range of 140 miles, rugged urban looks, and 44hp. It's designed as a mass market EV for city dwellers. There's no word on pricing, and we also don't know if it's coming to the UK. POLESTAR Polestar Precept The ,Polestar Precept, was a concept design, but Polestar has announced that it's going to put it into production. It's going to be aimed at the premium end of the market, with grand coupe lines and the promise not just of zero tailpipe emissions - but of an environmentally conscious approach to all the materials used in the car. BMW BMW i4 The ,BMW i4, is due for launch in 2020 and will sit on the same fifth-gen eDrive system as the BMW i3X and the iX. The model is what might expect from a BMW Gran Coupe, but with massive teeth and the details of the eDrive system have already been confirmed. There will be an 80kWh battery that will charge at 150kW and give a range up to 370 miles. The motors will produce 530bhp, giving a 0-62mph time of 4 seconds and a top speed of 125mph. It looks and sounds exactly what you want your mid-range BMW saloon to produce. It will be on the roads in 2021 - but there's also been a ,tease of an M Performance model,. VW VW ID.4 The VW ID.4 is official, the German company's second electric model, this time in compact SUV form. There will be several versions of the ID.4 with 310 miles on the top model, starting as a rear-wheel drive model and expanding to be all-wheel drive in the future. There's no price or exact date on the ID.4, but we can expect to see it in 2021. POCKET-LINT Porsche Macan Porsche has announced that the ,Macan is going to move to being pure electric, - meaning that Porsche will have an electric SUV. It will join the luxury ranks of SUV EVs with a performance leaning, using the 800-volt system Porsche is using in the Taycan, and sitting on the PPE platform adapted from Audi. Not a lot else is being said at the moment, but the shifting of the Macan to electric shows real diversification of the Porsche portfolio. It is expected on the roads in 2022. FORD Ford has promised that there will be an ,electric F-150, on the roads in 2022. That's going to hit the US market in the big way. Ford hasn't said much about its plans, except that it doesn't want to compromise on the performance that the F-150 offers. SKODA Skoda Enyaq iV Skoda's first electric SUV is the ,Enyaq iV, and it's going to be closely related to the VW ID.4, both sitting on the same platform. Three battery capacities and five power levels mean a range of options, although not all will come to all markets. Prices will start from £33.450 in the UK for the 242 miles range model. It will be on the road in 2021. NISSAN Nissan Ariya Nissan's latest electric car ,is the Ariya,. It was originally unveiled as a concept in 2019, but has made its way to production practically unchanged. It's an SUV, sitting in the space between the Qashqai and the X-Trail. The Ariya will offer two battery sizes and a number of different motor configurations, as well as options for two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. With prices starting from an estimated £40,000, it's expected on the roads in 2021. BMW BMW iX3 No longer a concept, the ,BWM iX3, is the electric version of the X3, meaning you can how get an emission-free BMW SUV. It's a major step, with BMW moving into the mainstream, offering 285 miles from an 80kWh battery. It will first be launching in China 2020, with global roll-out in 2021. VAUXHALL Vauxhall Mokka-e Vauxhall has announced the ,second-gen Mokka,, launching an electric version from the off. It will have a 50kW battery and promises over 200 miles of range. There will be 100kWh charging and a refreshed design, showing the new face of Vauxhall. It's an exciting change, slotting right into the competitive crossover space and it's great to see another EV in this space. It will be available from late summer 2020, price to be confirmed. AUDI Audi Artemis Audi has setup a special working group, called ,Artemis,, with the aim of creating a highly-efficient electric car. The new group has been designed to work autonomously with plenty of freedom, with a target date of 2024 for a new vehicle. It's being headed up by Alex Hitzinger, formerly working on the Apple car project, and previously with some of the biggest names in motorsports. We're expecting something that pops out of the Audi template here, so watch this space. SAIC MOTORS MG 5 MG has said that it's bringing an ,electric estate car, to the UK as soon as it can open showrooms again. Currently there are no electric estates so this fills a small gap in the options available, likely to appeal to those needing accessible load space and dog walkers. It looks to be based on the Chinese Roewe Ei5, and we're expecting a 52.5kWh battery and range of 260 miles. BMW BMW i7 BMW has confirmed that the ,next-generation of BMW 7 Series, will include an all-electric version. It's not going to be exclusively electric as there will be petrol, diesel and hybrid versions too - but there's talk of two versions, the i7 and the i7S. The latter is expect to have a 120kWh battery, 660hp and a range of 320 miles. BMW is serious about electric cars and there's a lot in the pipeline - the BMW i7 will take things to the luxury level. RENAULT Renault Twingo ZE Renault has made one of its cutest cars electric in the ,Twingo ZE,. This compact urban car is designed to keep the price down, with a 22kWh battery - good for 250km (143 miles) - and a 60kW motor, that will whisk you from 0-30mph in 4 seconds, perfect for city driving. There's no word on the price, but we've already heard it's not coming to the UK. FIAT Fiat 500 The Fiat 500 has been relaunched as an electric model, getting a redesign over the 2007 model that's been really popular. Now there's a 42kWh battery and 87kW motor, claiming 0-62mph in 9 seconds, but 0-30 in 3.1 seconds. It supports charging up to 85kW and will give you 199 miles of range (WLTP). There's four seats, lots of options (including convertible) and it's available to order from £29,000. TESLA Tesla Cybertruck If you wanted a vision of the future, then Tesla may have delivered it. Unveiling the ,Cybertruck,, this is Elon Musk's promised pickup truck, with dual cab and then a loading bay at the rear. The Cybertruck is eye-catching with its unusual angular design. On the practical front it will come in three different versions with 250+, 300+ or 500+ miles of range, with the top model, a tri-motor version promising a 0-60mph time of 2.9 seconds. Tesla doesn't do things by half. It's available for pre-order now, deliveries expected from 2021. VW GROUP VW ID. Space Vizzion VW had long said it was going to have a full family of ID electric cars and ,the Space Vizzion, is what you get when you pull together an electric estate or station wagon. It's quite the looker we can't help thinking and while many are focusing on SUV or crossover models, the lower and longer effect that you get from a wagon could do wonders for the performance of this EV, not to mention the boot space. It's a concept for now, but we're expecting this electric Passat (did we say that?) to be available in 2021. VW is saying 300 miles of range which isn't quite the 600 miles you'll get from the diesel, but we don't have to drive that far to walk the dog, so we'll all cope. FISKER Fisker Ocean Fisker is trying to shake things up with a range of luxury electric cars. The ,Fisker Ocean, got an official unveiling in January 2020 - although it's not due on the road until 2022. It will use recycled and vegan materials, have an 80kWh battery and a range of 250-300 miles. Fisker wants to compete with Tesla with a 0-60 time of less than 3 seconds, but the big unique feature is the option for a full-length solar roof to help charge the battery. POCKET-LINT Electric Range Rover There's a ,fully electric Range Rover, in the works, going under the name of Road Rover, because it's going to be slightly more road-centric than some of the other Range Rovers. It's supposed to sit between the Velar and the Evoque in terms of size, so it sounds a lot like the Jaguar i-Pace. Not much is currently known about what it might offer or when it might appear. POCKET-LINT Seat El-Born Seat is joining the electric car movement with ,the El-Born,, named after a region of Barcelona. The car sits on VW's MEB platform and is due to arrive in 2020, getting its first appearance at the Geneva International Motorshow in 2019. Seat is looking at a 420km range (260 miles), with a 0-62kpm time of 7.5 seconds. There will be 204PS from the 150kW motor and a 62kWh battery. CUPRA Cupra El-Born Cupra - now a separate brand from Seat - has its own version of the el-Born. It also has the same name, ,Cupra El-Born,, which doesn't really aid its cause of being seen as a separate entity. It has sporty looks, a custom chassis control and claims of 310 miles from the 82kW battery. POCKET-LINT Byton M-Byte Byton originally showed off an ,SUV EV concept,, with broad ambitions for a start-up in the EV segment. That has now matured into the Byton M-Byte, with production getting started and looking to get on the road in mid-2020 - in China at least. The price of €54,000 sounds fairly aggressive, but there's little telling what verison that's for. There are two- or all-wheel drive options, with the latter claiming a 270 mile range. Most of the conversation is about the huge 43-inch display curving across the interior, however. POCKET-LINT Lotus Evija The ,Lotus Type 130, or Evija as it is called, is an all-electric hypercar limited to just 130 models, but paving the way for future production cars from Lotus. It has been designed for maximum performance, with 2000PS and a 70kWh battery that aims to give 250 miles of range. However, the car will offer blistering acceleration, and while Lotus hasn't given final figures, it'll hit 186mph in under 9 seconds. This car will cost £2 million pounds and preorders are open, asking for a £250,000 deposit. POCKET-LINT Lightyear One The ,Lightyear One, is a luxury saloon that adds solar panels to the roof and bonnet of the car, aiming to give the owner a boost from the sun all the time - even when driving. While much of the car is conventional for an EV, the additional solar panels will give a 12km range boost per hour (in good light). That might mean free charging while parked at the beach - although in winter you'll have to charge it more. However, the asking price for the limited run Lightyear One will be €119,000, so going solar comes at a price. POCKET-LINT Audi e-tron GT concept Unveiled at the LA Auto Show 2018, the ,Audi e-tron GT Concept, showcases Audi's future electric sportscar. This is a four seater, powered by the same batteries as the existing e-tron models and sharing a lot with the Porsche Taycan. Audi has been quite open about the co-development of the e-tron GT and the Taycan, and we're expecting a lot of technical similarities. The performances stats currently suggest an 800V charging system, 0-62mph in 3.5 seconds and a range of 248 miles. There's a vegan interior on the Concept model, with Audi saying that it wants to push the eco message even further. The Audi e-tron GT Concept will be hitting the roads in 2020. POCKET-LINT Rivian RS1 Rivian wants to join the EV movement with this offroader of its own. It's designed to tackle the great outdoors, boasting a wading depth of 3ft and 0-60mph time of 3 seconds. Why you'd need to go so fast offroad, we'll never know. Rivian is a newcomer to the EV space, showing off its cars for the first time at the LA Auto Show in 2018 - there's also a truck/pickup version - and is available for pre-order for a $1000 deposit. We'd be tempted to wait until these are actually on the road before parting with any money. POCKET-LINT BMW i5 BMW unveiled the ,i Vision Dynamics concept coupe, at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2017. It previews a mid-sized saloon car, in the BMW i range that's likely to be called i5 when it launches in 2021. It's bigger than the company's 3-Series saloon, but smaller than a 5-Series and designed to sit between the ,i3, and ,i8, in the electric BMW i range. The family-sized car will be capable of reaching 60mph in under 4 seconds, go on to a speed over 120mph and be able to last up to 372 miles on a single charge. Let's hope it arrives with the same futuristic design displayed on the concept version. POCKET-LINT Faraday Future FF91 A huge question mark hangs over the striking FF91. The company has been through ups and downs, but managed to showcase pre-production drivable models in 2020. The FF-91 has a huge 126-inch wheelbase, but that makes for a huge interior. The panoramic sunroof, rear and side windows use Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystal Glass, which passengers can tap on to tint the windows and let less light in. Don't expect to get a conventional rear-view mirror inside, as Faraday Future has replaced it with a widescreen monitor instead. The 1,050bhp electric power unit will accelerate to 60mph in 2.39-seconds and will have a driving range between 378 and 435 miles. Faraday Future says the battery can be completely recharged in 1 hour. POCKET-LINT ID Buzz and Cargo Concept The ,ID Buzz, is due to go on sale in 2022. It references VW's historic Microbus and will able to seat up to eight people, with an interior that can be constantly changed around. There's also a Cargo Concept, which may well get launched before any passenger model arrives, with the rising demand for clean first and last mile transport. Two electric motors will give the ID Buzz a total power output of 369bhp to propel it to 60mph in around 5-seconds. It will be limited to a top speed of 100mph, will have four-wheel drive and a 372 mile driving range. You will be able to recharge the battery to 80 per cent, which VW says will be enough for 298 miles of travel, in 30 minutes.
Top Gear's top 10: luxury cars We put our sensible hats on to bring you the 10 best luxury cars out there 1.Jaguar XJ Jaguar’s futuristic range-topping saloon remains a striking car, even three years after launch. For 2014 it was tweaked, with subtly honed suspension settings, better sat nav, a standard eight-speed auto with stop-start plus big improvements in diesel efficiency. Now it’s been facelifted again, with revised engines and interior tech, full-LED headlights and more distinctive ‘J-blade’ daytime running lights. The XJR is still around, with its 550bhp supercharged 5.0-litre V8 and Merc-AMG-like attitude. But now there’s a R-Sport model for those who want the looks but not the fuel bills. There’s a new top-of-the-line Autobiography trim too, for those who like to spend no less than six figures. 9.Porsche Panamera The all-new, second-generation Porsche Panamera. Yep, really. All of its parts are new, even if it does just look like a facelift. Albeit a very successful one: the Panamera has finally grown into its skin, and wears its 911 styling cues better than ever. You may disagree, but we think it looks pretty darn good. 8.Bentley Bentayga £133,100 – £196,590 It’s what happens with the might of the VW Group megazords together to combine all its tech and toys in one ultimate SUV. The Bentley Bentayga is the Crewe marque’s first SUV, and if you we’re being cynical, you’d immediately point out that underneath, this car shares some of its roots with the likes of the Porsche Cayenne, the Audi Q7, the Lamborghini Urus, and indeed the VW Touareg. But being a Bentley, it has to be faster than the Porsche, more luxurious than the Audi, more refined than the VW and better off-road than the Lambo. Excess all areas. And you know what? Bentley has succeeded. We can debate the morality of two-tonne-plus SUVs versus their popularity forever, but there’s no doubt that the Bentayga is a tour de force. It’s been around since, so there have been several models of Bentayga so far. The original was the standard W12, powered by a 6.0-litre bi-turbo engine good for 605bhp. That’s now been superseded by the Bentayga Speed, which uses a redeveloped version of the same engine to achieve 626bhp. Too profligate? If you were quick ,you could have got hold of the first and only diesel Bentley ever made: the Bentayga diesel, which used Audi’s 430bhp electro-turbo V8 derv. A magnificently rangey and torque-rich experience, the tide-turn against diesel saw the model killed off in Europe, effectively replaced by a V6 petrol a plug-in hybrid model instead, bolstering the Bentayga’s eco ranks. Sort of. There’s also a V8 petrol model, which is probably the sweet spot of the range, as it is with most Bentleys, truth be told. All Bentaygas are of course four-wheel drive, all weigh north of two tonnes, and all of them seat five people. Apart from the ones optioned like a private jet to seat four instead. Prices? From £130,000, if you avoid the options. As if you would… 7.Rolls-Royce Wraith £251,240 – £288,410 The Wraith is billed as “the most powerful and dynamic Rolls-Royce in history”. The first bit is easily dealt with: a turbocharged 6.6-litre V12 sends 624bhp to the rear wheels, ten per cent more power than you’ll find even in the new Phantom and Cullinan. As for the most dynamic? Well, you’d argue that’s not difficult, given Rolls has long mastered the art of hefty, comfy cars that are designed to soothe not scintillate. But the Wraith is based upon the Ghost limo, so it’s hardly got a sporting chassis at its core, though its rear axle has been widened and its wheelbase shortened. “The car’s suspension has also been tuned to minimise body roll and discreetly amplify feedback when cornering,” says Rolls, “while steering weight is heavier at high speeds and lighter at low speeds adding to the spirited drive.” Achieving those high speeds ought to be a doddle; with two turbos, the Wraith has a ginormous 590lb ft of torque available from 1,500rpm, enough to shift its 2.4 tonnes to 60mph in 4.4secs. Quicker than hot hatches with not dissimilar power-to-weight ratios, and quite startling to experience in something with lambs’ wool floor mats. Indeed, it may be the most sporting Rolls ever, but it’s still dripping in luxury. There are four finely proportioned seats, sumptuous materials across most surfaces and head- and leg-room aplenty, even in the rear. Don’t worry, the front seats electrically whirr forward to allow anyone climbing into the back some extra grace. Its £250,000 starting price really is just the start, too. Few Rolls-Royces leave the Goodwood factory without first having been made fully bespoke to their buyer’s needs; colour-matched inside and out, fibre-optic star headlining fitted, the full works. Half the fun of having a Rolls-Royce isn’t driving it (or being driven in it), but the buying process itself. The Wraith is now one of the oldest Rolls-Royces on sale, having arrived in 2013. The Ghost it’s spun from landed in 2010, and its drop-top sibling – the Dawn – started production in 2015. While the new-generation Phantom is sold only as a saloon, the Wraith is the car of choice if you want your Rolls-Royce to take the form of a two-door coupe. 6.BMW 7 Series Well, it used to be the ultimate BMW. A 7 Series was the undisputed flagship. But is that the case any more? Especially now that the X7 exists – a luxury limo in the (ghastly) shape of a seven-seat SUV. There’s the new 8 Series too, which will spawn a four-door saloon version – with an M badge. Certainly, there are other BMWs vying for the title of boss of the family. Meanwhile, BMW’s been listening to what its customers wanted from the 7 to beat the likes of the Mercedes S-Class (traditionally the class-defining leader in the limo set) and the Audi A8. And, what they came up with was a triple-threat approach. “Make it more imposing, make it look more different to a 3 and 5 Series, and give us more novelty features,” said the customers. Well, we can probably tick off tasks 1 & 2. The new 7 Series is a mildly terrifying looking object, thanks mostly to slimmer laser headlights framing a grille that’s 40 per cent bigger than the last version. No kidding. The whole bonnet is 50mm higher to squeeze in the mega grille, all in the name of giving the car more road presence. Lower down, the bumper now has cleaner, slipperier aero, diverting draughts into the front wheelarches and back out again by newly vertical ‘air breather’ vents, which reduce drag. Boy is it bluff to look at. A BMW caricature. In a hall of mirrors. Round the back, the LED lights are now more angular and their lighting elements animate and ‘scroll’ across the car. Apparently the boss of BMW Korea hugged the designers when they demonstrated this, so grateful was he that this gimmick – sorry, novelty – had been built in. Oh, and there’s a full-width light bar at the back, like every other German car these days. Are you not convinced? Are you wretching over your screen? Well frankly, unless you’re in China, BMW doesn’t give a monkey’s. In China, the 7 Series has a 40 per cent market share, and the big grilles and XXL chrome is bang-on for Asian tastes. BMW says it’s also had bags of positive feedback about how the car looks from American and European customers. They seem to be quite difficult to track down, though… Inside, the 7 has been gifted a new centre console layout with flush glossy buttons from the 8 Series, and the new digital dials from right across the BMW range. The highlight is the bodyshell. BMW made use of techniques and production methods devised for the i3 and i8 to trim 40kg from the 7’s chassis, which incorporates bits of carbon fibre (some as long as a normal-sized bloke is tall) for added stiffness, strength and lightness. All told, the new 7 is some 130kg lighter than the old car. A net 200 if you factor in all the added kit, which weighs 70kg by itself. Powertrain wise, the biggest improvements come in the 740Le plug-in hybrid, which can now go up to 36 miles on a charge, thanks to a 40 per cent increase in battery capacity. There’s also an entirely new, and utterly glorious V8, in the 750i, which is great news for American customers but of little note in Britain, where it’ll incur more tax than a cross-channel ferry. The M760Li V12 lives on, albeit dropping below 600bhp because of pesky new particulate filters strangling the power a touch. We doubt you’ll notice. 5.Audi A8 £70,785 – £104,590 A big, important barge of a thing relatively few will buy, and a technical achievement few have the resources or engineering might to match or surpass. It’s the new Audi A8 – the cleverest Audi of all. And so it should be, because if you really want to see what a manufacturer is truly capable of engineering, you look at its flagship. And the A8 is and always had been Audi’s, which is why the new one gets a load of tech’ we haven’t seen before, but almost certainly will on future A6s and A4s. Tech’ like ‘Traffic Jam Pilot’, which delivers “conditional level three autonomy” by taking complete control of the steering, brakes and accelerator on motorways and dual-carriageways. Or the new infotainment system, which pairs Audi’s ‘Virtual Cockpit’ instrument cluster with two touchscreens for a largely button-free centre-console. Much of said tech’ can only exist for the 48-volt, water-cooled electrical system that technically makes the A8 an ‘MHEV’, or ‘mild-hybrid electric vehicle’. This all takes some explaining, so more later. More too on the interior, which because the new A8 is bigger than the car it replaces – longer by 32mm and taller by 13 in either short- or long-wheelbase (which adds another 13cm of rear legroom) – is suitably spacious. The car’s heavier too; for all the aluminium, CFRP and magnesium Audi promises it’s used in the more rigid ‘Space Frame’ chassis, it’s almost 100kg up on the old car and lardier than either of its main competitors, the (relatively) featherweight carbon-cored BMW 7 Series and Mercedes S-Class. So in the short-term anyway, it’s not massively quick. For starters Brits get a 3.0-litre V6 in either petrol or diesel. An ‘e-tron’ plug-in hybrid (with wireless charging) will follow along with a W12 and 4.0-litre diesel V8. And the one you want is… 4.Bentley Continental GT There’s a key point in Bentley’s timeline that we can call BC: Before Continental. So vital was the first Conti GT – not only for sales, but setting a template and tone for the whole brand – that you could easily argue that were it not for the two-door coupe Bentley might very well not be with us today. The most successful luxury car of modern times? Quite probably. And now it’s into its second generation. It must sell well, and it must still be the focal point for the whole brand, to embody what a Bentley is while the Bentayga SUV makes the big bucks elsewhere in the range. It’s a handsome thing, the new Conti GT, at least in profile, where the front wheels have been shifted forward to improve the weight distribution and drop the engine lower and further back in the chassis. In fact 55 per cent of the weight still sits on those front wheels, but there’s less of it than before – the body alone is 80kg lighter, helping the new Conti GT weigh ‘only’ 2,244kg. But Bentley has made no secret of the fact that a heavy kerb weight actually helps deliver the road-crushing stability and momentum that characterises the way its cars drive. They’re knowingly hefty things. Powerful 48v electrics from the Bentayga are used – among other things – to manage the suspension, with actuators on front and rear anti-roll bars combating body roll. The set 40:60 power split is now fully variable and actually sends 100 per cent of torque to the rear wheels as often as possible to the benefit of fuel efficiency and emissions. There are two engines to choose from. Cheapest is the V8, a 4.0-litre twin turbo offering up 550bhp, a 4.0sec 0-62mph time and 198mph top speed. Another eleven grand upgrades you to the big-boy 6.0-litre W12 engine. Basically two V6s on a common crank, it’s carried over from the old Conti albeit modified enough for Bentley to declare it the ‘most advanced 12-cylinder engine in the world’. It features cylinder shut off under light loads, while also producing 626bhp and a thumping 664lb ft of torque from a mere 1,350rpm, maintaining that through to 4,500rpm. Performance is better: 0-62mph takes 3.7sec and its top speed is 207mph. Both versions powering all four wheels through an eight-speed gearbox and, should be feel like behaving uncouthly, via a launch control system. Standard specification includes full Matrix LED lights, a 12.3in central touchscreen, wifi, head-up display, night vision, a 650w stereo and 21in wheels. Pricing starts at around £150,000, putting this in direct competition with the likes of the Aston Martin DB11, Mercedes S63 Coupe and Ferrari Portofino. But you won’t be spending that. You’ll be spending much more, getting the stitching to match your shoes, the wood to match the office in your third home, and so on. This is a car made for the bespoke treatment. 3.Rolls-Royce Phantom Since the first Phantom appeared in 1925, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has had its ups and downs. When the outgoing Phantom appeared at the stroke of midnight on January 1st 2003, the company even called it ‘the last great automotive adventure’. Maybe that should have been penultimate, because we’ve just driven the new car, and as internal combustion most likely won’t be around in another 14 years’ time, this really could be The One. Rolls-Royce reckons the Phantom is the barometer by which everyone else in the world of expensive luxury goods measures themselves, so the bar isn’t just raised here, it’s bejewelled and platinum-plated. You know when someone claims to be ‘the Rolls-Royce of watches/furniture/granite-kitchen-worktops’? Well, this is the Rolls-Royce of Rolls-Royces. Rolls says the Phantom’s new spaceframe structure is 30 per cent more rigid than the previous model, a figure that rises significantly in key areas such as suspension and gearbox. This new structure, coincidentally, offers sufficient flexibility to underpin the next wave of Rolls product, its SUV included. The chassis gets an all-new suspension setup, with a double wishbone configuration on the front, a five-link axle at the rear, adaptive dampers, and active anti-roll bars. It’s also the latest car to benefit from four-wheel steering, whose three degrees of counter-steer help shrink the car’s heft at higher speeds, as well as improving low-speed agility. The Phant’s air springs feature bigger chambers than on any previous Rolls, and the tyres are specially developed Continentals whose structure incorporates 2kg of sound absorbent material. There’s 6mm-thick, dual-layer double glazing windows all-round. The body-in-white features the largest-ever cast aluminium joints to enhance sound insulation, and overall the Phantom carries more than 130kg of sound-deadening material. There’s double skin alloy within the floor and on the front bulkhead, into which a foam and felt layer is squeezed. There’s more insulating material in the headliner, doors, and boot cavity. All of this contributes to the car’s 2,560kg kerbweight (2,610kg if you go for the long ’un, which adds 220mm to the wheelbase), but that’s surely an irelevance. As well as monitoring body and wheel acceleration and steering inputs, a stereo camera mounted in the windscreen reads the road ahead to effectively erase surface unpleasantness before it’s allowed to upset the occupants’ Dom Perignon. The new Phantom also features so many assistance systems that the heart of its electronic architecture is the single largest component produced by the BMW Group. 2.Range Rover £81,785 – £177,485 Arguably the definitive big, luxury SUV. Frequently imitated, but rarely bettered or even equalled, the Range Rover has been around since the early Seventies. And even though that means it’s only a couple years shy of its fiftieth birthday, the Rangie is still only in its fourth generation. Admittedly the fact the first-gen (later known as the ‘Classic’) lasted for more than two decades skews that figure a bit. But still… The current car was launched in 2012. It debuted a new aluminium monocoque that cost the company a billion quid or so to develop. So even though it’s bigger than the car it replaced, it’s lighter by in some cases almost half a tonne. That means it’s faster, tangibly better to drive and more efficient. And with the 2018 facelift comes even more efficiency, thanks to the introduction of the P400e plug-in hybrid, which pairs a 296bhp, four-cylinder petrol engine with a 114bhp electric motor for 64g/km of CO2, a claimed 101mpg and 31 miles of all-electric range. The P400e replaces the SDV6 Hybrid (a conventional, non-plug-in hybrid with the 3.0-litre V6 diesel and a small electric motor) in the line-up, but V6s and V8s in petrol and diesel (with up to 557bhp for the flagship, 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol) remain available. All are linked to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and all-wheel drive with the deeply clever ‘Terrain Response’ technology that gives the Rangie its peerless off-road ability. Nowadays the Rangie doesn’t just compete with other big SUVs, but conventional luxury saloons like the Mercedes S-Class, BMW 7 Series and Audi A8. It has to rival those cars – traditionally their makers’ technological flagships – on every level. Which is why the new car offers higher levels of luxury and cleverer tech than we’ve yet seen from JLR. For the facelift it’s added the dual-touchscreen infotainment setup as debuted in the Range Rover Velar, ‘Pixel’ headlamps with 144 LEDs and four laser diodes each for more than 500m of visibility and much besides. We’re promised a new seat design - adjustable up to 24 (!) ways - makes the Rangie “more comfortable than ever” in the front, and that the ‘Executive Class Seating’ option for rear-seat passengers gives “the impression of a luxurious wraparound lounge-like interior”. Exterior changes include a new grille and bumper, with larger vent blades. At the side the lower accents and vents have been reworked, while at the rear the updated bumper features integrated tailpipes across all derivatives. Long- and short-wheelbase options are available, with prices starting at £79,595 for the former and £112,900 for the latter, and rising to £177,030 for V8-engined examples of Rangies fettled by JLR’s Special Vehicle Operations division. 1.Mercedes-Benz S-Class Without a doubt the benchmark big luxury saloon, the one Audi, BMW, Lexus, Cadillac and even Jaguar and Maserati must define themselves by and be measured against. This car defines the sector and is the one all others must topple. The latest A8 and 7 Series are both much newer than the S and thus have some exceptionally clever tech on-board, but while both are excellent cars in their own right, neither is quite as special as the big Merc. A facelift in 2017 – this generation’s last before it’s replaced by an entirely new S-Class – gave many new things. Chief among them new engines, Merc’s latest-generation in-line six-cylinder diesels and petrols, plus a plug-in hybrid and the S63 AMG’s V8 bi-turbo petrol. The rare-groove S65 is no more, but you can still get a V12-engined S-Class in the form of the super-luxe, super-rare and super-expensive £180,000 Mercedes-Maybach S650. This update also gave the S-Class an array of semi-autonomous driving technology like Active Speed Limit Assist, Active Lane Change Assist and Remote Parking Assist, most of which debuted in the E-Class. But to make sure the S-Class kept its crown as the techiest Merc, it got a few of its own too. The main one is a kind of active cruise control that, as well as sensing and maintaining gaps to other cars, knows to slow you for roundabouts, corners and tolls using GPS. Of course that particular system has been rolled out to other Mercs now, but it’s reasonable to expect much cleverness from the new S-Class, which could be revealed as soon as this year. Because this particular era of S-Class is so near the end of its life, Mercedes has massively cut back on the number of trim levels/equipment combinations if offers. Now there’s just one trim for the non-AMGs – ‘Grand Edition’ – and only the cheapest S350d is available with the short-wheelbase.
No electric car goes 200mph. There are no convertible all-electric cars for sale in North America. The only “coupe” is the Mine Cooper SE Electric. It’s got a 0–60 time of almost 7 seconds and only 110 miles (manufacturer estimate) of range. Since it is priced at the bottom of the electric car market (under $30k to start), it will be limited in luxury, but has lots of space. Your best bet was the now-discontinued BMW i8 Hybrid, and it came close on your other criteria. The 0–60 time was a respectable 4.6s and a maximum speed of 250km/hr, with BMW cachet and luxury, though probably limited trunk space.
Going by the question seems like an Indian has asked this question who does not have confidence on his own homegrown company. Let's keep those ahead and dive into the question. The question is partly wrong as Revotorq engine have 4 cylinder Revotron have 3 cylinder engines. And The new solid Harrier to come with revotron could be coming with a 4 cylinder revotron by this Diwali if everything goes as planned. Why was this question not asked as to Why Ford Figo,Ford aspire,Ford freestyle,Ford Ecosport,VW Polo, VW vento, Mini Cooper,/Bmw I8, Hyundai venue turbo still have a 3 cylinder ?? The answer to above is the technology has advanced a lot. You don't need a separate cyl to perform seperate operation for the engine to perform. Usually the engine does 4 separate duties in one single cycle Intake Compress Power Exhaust. So with a 4 stroke/4 cylinder engine each task is handled seperately by each stroke This video will practically explain the working in the way possible. This is for Hindi version https://youtu.be/pi5Dgb_4edgl 3 cyl are less costly to manufacture takes less resources to construct and is lighter and compact for the engine bay. Now when the engine bay is reduced it eases up the space for the cabin, boot. With proper RnD towards insulation materials, dampners etc we are able to reduce the Engine noise, vibration, harshness (NVH). High scope for having a turbo unit in the same bay. With decrease in manufacturing costs the benefits are passed on to customers with features or less costs. Less ownership costs That's why a 3 cylinder is widely preferred. The only difference is engine refinement where it matters is at speeds of 100 or higher where the noise, vibration increases. That is accomplished by a 4cyl using extra fuel,air mixture with few extra rotations. Now when you are able to move the car with just three 3cylinder why to have a 4th cylinder??
Are BMW electric cars as good as Teslas? The BMW i3 doesn’t come even close to the Tesla Model 3 - or any other Tesla. The claim is actually laughable. Significantly less space, significantly smaller battery, two classes slower charging, higher consumption. The only car to compare with is the Chevrolet Bolt, but even that one has significantly bigger range, not to mention Hyundai Kona or Kia e-Niro. And even these are inferior to the Tesla Model 3. So no - the BMW i3 is an over-priced gadget. Sorry if you happen to like it. Edit:, I read in comments that the i3 is a good city-car - and it actually is. But BMW made sure that it doesn’t interfere with their ICE cars: the i3 is short and it has “suicide doors” - rear doors cannot be operated independently, a task that even children can do once they enter school. The target population is therefore singles or couples with no children who can afford it as their second car and the result is an overpriced city car or short range commuter car. Even Chevrolet Bolt does this job better since it has 50% more range, about the same acceleration, more space in the boot and can accommodate 4 people easily using normal doors. But yes, it isn’t a BMW. Yes, the BMW i3 could be the second car in the family, combined with a Model 3 or Model S (or even X), targeted to rich people, but I don’t see it marketed as such. Maybe I am missing something. The BMW i8, in contrast, is a plugin hybrid with a laughable small electric range. ,It’s a petrol car with an electric part to boost performance and (maybe) to make you feel a bit better., Nothing more. In electric cars, BMW is at least 5 years behind Tesla. ,Probably more. And a Tesla Model 3 Performance can take it on with the ICE BMW M3. Easily. ICE cars, luxury interior, soundproofing, build quality, even the engine sound (for those who like it) - yes, that’s BMW area. But everything else - Tesla.
Electric cars have arrived India since long time but their range were very less and their designs were not good but with the evolution in batteries and Design it seems electric vehicles will dominate the market within next decade . Some best upcoming electric cars in India are : .1, ,Tata Tigor EV, Tata Motors showcased the Tigor EV at 2018 Auto Expo. The company has got the deal to supply EVs to government officials along with Mahindra. The company has already supplied 350 units to EESL and the second phase will begin in 2019. The Tigor EV continues the same design theme of regular Tigor and except for EV badges people won’t be able to recognise it. Tata Motors has given a smaller battery for Tigor EV to keep price competitive as increasing battery will take price of Tigor out of budget for most people. Tata Tigor EV uses a 216 Ah 16 V battery and 3-Phase AC Induction Motor producing 39.95 hp of power, even though this out is less compared to combustion powered Tigor. The Tigor EV has a claimed range of 130 km which is adequate for daily driving and city usage along with a top speed of 100 kph. According to Tata Motors, Tigor EV can be charged from zero to 80 percent in just 90 minutes with a fast charger and 3 hours with normal charger. To improve range, Tata Motors has given regenerative braking system. The electric motor is mated to a single speed automatic transmission and power is sent to front wheels. We can good acceleration from Tigor EV thanks to instant torque output of electric motors. In the exterior, Tata Motors has given EV lettering in blue colour on front grille and EV decals on the side to make people aware that it is not a regular Tigor. The interior of Tigor EV continues to be same and comes with same features like climate control, push button start, key less entry, alloy wheels, infotainment system with Bluetooth and more. We are expecting Tata Motors to launch Tigor EV by the end of this decade. Expected India Launch : 2019 Expected Price : Rs. 10-11 lakh 2.Hyundai Kona Electric, :Hyundai has already expressed its desire to launch the electric version of the Kona SUV that would be the South Korean auto major’s effort to grab a chunk of the Indian EV market. With the Indian government gearing up to introduce pure electric mobility across the country by 2030, The Kona EV could play a crucial role for the brand. While the regular version of this SUV is ready to hit the domestic market sometime next year, expect the electric powered model to arrive here by 2020. Speaking about the Hyundai Kona EV, it would feature identical design as the regular model. However, there could be some distinctive features as well making it different compared to the standard model with combustion engine. The Hyundai Kona appears with a really unique design that grabs attention at the very first glance. It sports some key design elements that are very different than the conventional Hyundai models. The Hyundai Kona features headlamps positioned lower than their conventional position and the LED daytime running lights positioned separately on top of the headlamps. Apart from that, a large black front grille with chrome trim, a muscular bumper with neatly positioned unique shaped fog lamps, black cladding are there. Also, it gets sporty alloy wheels, black cladding, side sill, turn indicator integrated ORVMs, blackened glass area, a nicely curved roofline glossy black finish and roof rails, roof spoiler at back, wraparound sleek and sharp LED taillights and a chunky bumper with black cladding. The overall appearance of the Hyundai Kona EV is going to be very attractive indeed, just like the regular model. Inside the cabin too, Hyundai Kona EB would share the same design and features as the regular car. It is based on a new platform, therefore we expect the battery on under the floor of the EV won’t minimise the space for the occupants. Expect several upmarket features to be there. On the powertrain front, Hyundai Kona EV will get an efficient battery pack offering long range and a powerful electric motor. Expect the SUV to offer around 390 km running range as this is going to be a key element for the success of the EV. Hyundai is planning to uncover the SUV in the first half of 2018. The India-spec model could be priced at around Rs. 22 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). Expected India Launch: 2019 Expected India Price: Rs. 22 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi) 3. Nissan Leaf : ,Nissan Leaf is going to be a very important product in the Indian electric vehicle market very soon. This is also going to be a crucial car from the Japanese brand in order to grab a sizeable chunk the country’s EV market considering the Indian government’s ambitious strategy to adopt pure electric mobility across the country by 2030. The Nissan has just unveiled its new Leaf with an attractive and sharp styling. Expect this electric powered car to arrive here next year. The 2018 Nissan Leaf looks like have taken inspiration from the new generation Micra hatchback. It dons a mature styling compared to the predecessor. Speaking about the style, the sharp LED projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights, Nissan’s signature V shaped chrome trim at the black front grille, sculpted looking bumper with rectangular shaped fog lamps enhance the visual appeal of the Leaf EV.Moving to the side profile of this electric hatchback, there is sporty alloy wheels, subtly flared wheel arches, sleek creases above the rear fender, blackened ORVMs, black glass are and the roof too wears a black colour theme. Thanks to the partially blackened C pillar, the car gets a floating roof design. Apart from that, it dons a sloping roof, shark fin antenna, sharp vertically positioned LED taillights, black roof spoiler, a sculpted looking tailgate and a black bumper with sleek blue trim add zing to this electric car. The contrast exterior paint scheme gives it a stylish appearance. Inside the cabin, 2018 Nissan Leaf EV appears with an all-black theme that enhances its sportiness and premium style. It features a flat-bottom multifunction three-spoke steering wheel, analog and digital display consisting instrument cluster with sporty touch, a large touchscreen infotainment system. The car offers generous amount of space and comfort to the occupants and it sports upmarket quality materials inside the cabin enhancing premiumness. The car gets loads of safety features and advanced techs to be the inside the cabin. On the powertrain front, the current Nissan Leaf EV can run up to 228 km and 280 km with the two battery packs on offer with the car, that are a 24 kWh and a 30 kWh unit. New model gets a bigger 40 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that kicks out around 148 bhp of peak power and 320 Nm of peak torque. It could deliver a running range of around 242 km. The India-spec model is expected to come here as a CBU unit, that would make it a pricey car here. It is likely to be displayed at the 2018 New Delhi Auto Expo and the new Leaf EV could be priced at around Rs. 20 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). Expected India Launch: 2019 Expected India Price: Rs. 20 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi) 4.Tata Tiago EV, : While Tata Nano EV would be the entry level electric car from Tata Motors, the Tiago EV would arrive as a more premium model. Tata Tiago regular model has already garnered pretty much attention and positive response from the buyers. At the LCV 2017, Tata Motors has displayed the Tiago EV concept that appears as attractive as the regular model and it could arrive in the country by 2020. Upon launch, this would play important role in making Tata Motors a major player in the Indian EV market. Speaking about the design, Tata Tiago EV gets identical design as the internal combustion engine powered model. It gets a smiling pattern black front grille with sleek chrome trim at the bottom, sharp headlamps, a sculpted looking front bumper with black air intake featuring a horizontal slat through the centre, chrome bezel around fog lamps. As the Tata Tiago EV Concept has been showcased, it gets the same design at side profile as well. There are a sleek character lines, body coloured ORVMs with integrated turn indicator, blackened glass area and alloy wheels. Rear profile of the Tata Tiago EV gets wraparound taillights, roof spoiler and there is a chunky bumper as well. However, the production model could arrive with some distinctive design elements that will make it slightly different looking compared to the regular model that is powered by internal combustion engine. While the exterior of the Tata Tiago EV remains same, its interior also appears with the same basic design and features. However, there are little bit of extra control buttons inside the cabin compared to the regular model. This electric powertrain equipped Tata Tiago is expected to come weighing lighter than the standard model presently available in the market. Expect upmarket quality materials to be used in seat and upholstery. Space too is likely to remain same as the current model. Developed by Tata Motors European Technical Centre based in UK, the Tiago electric hatchback draws energy from an 85 kW capacity electric motor.It generates 200 Nm of peak torque and the hatchback can run at a top speed of 135 kmph. It would take around 11 seconds to accelerate to 100 kmph from standstill. Expect a good range from this car. A single speed transmission will deliver power to the front wheels of this electric hatchback. Expect the Tiago EV to be displayed in India at the 2018 New Delhi Auto Expo and it would be launched here by 2020. It is likely to be priced between Rs. 8 lakh and Rs. 10 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). Expected India Launch: 2020 Expected India Price: Rs. 8 lakh – Rs. 10 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi) 5:Mahindra KUV 100 EV, : Mahindra is one of the manufacturers who has committed to EVs before its rivals. The company has acquired REVA which is the only electric car manufacturer in the country and the first product was e-Verito which is in the market for sometime now. The government is planning to give more importance for EV and by 2030 atleast 30 percent of sales to come from EVs. The company is planning to introduce EVs of current models and they are currently working on it. One of the products in the pipeline is KUV 100, the entry level product of Mahindra. The company hasn’t released much details about KUV 100 EV but we can expect exterior and interior to be carried over from regular model. changes will be made under the hood and it could be powered by one of the new electric motors from Mahindra which is currently under development. The e-Verito electric motor is good enough for city usage but for highway and other purpose it is lagging behind compared to international models. The Indian manufacturer is working on improving range and performance of electric motors and this will be used for KUV 100 EV. We can expect Mahindra to give fast charging option for KUV 100 as it will help customers save time. The KUV 100 EV is expected to be launched by 2020 and it will be priced around Rs. 7-9 lakh.block=”2"]ong>Expected launch : 2020 Expected Price : 7-9 lakh 6.Tata E-Vision EV: ,Tata Motors showcased E-Vision concept at 2018 Geneva Motor Show. The E-Vision concept production model is going to be a C-segment sedan and it is one of the most beautiful concept from Tata Motors with flowing lines and sleek body which makes it so popular among visitors. The company has confirmed that production model will come for E-Vision concept. The Indian manufacturer is committed towards electric mobility as they have already introduced Tigao and Tigor EV. The company is working on new battery pack which could improve range to a new level compared to current products. The expected range from new battery is 300-420 km along with a small charging time.]otor’s OMEGA EV architecture is the base of E-Vision concept and the company has made some changes to the platform especially for this particular concept. The India manufacturer hasn’t given much details about battery pack of E-Vision EV but it can accelerate from 0-100 kph in 7 sec and top speed is 200 kph. The E-Vision concept can be charged using fast charger and standard charger with much faster charging times than conventional models. Another area, Tata Motors is focusing is connected technologies which could play an important role in future products and E-Vision concept is loaded with cloud mapping, geospatical mapping and more. of E-Vision concept is based on Impact Design 2.0 philosophy and production model will carry most of the design theme of concept model. The interior has a futuristic design theme with lack of buttons and everything is controlled from touch screens. We can expect Tata Motors to introduce production model of E-Vision concept in 2021. Launch Date : 2021 Expected Price : Rs.12-16 lakh 7:Renault Zoe EV :, Renault Zeo EV is a small hatchback and it is on of the most popular EVs in European market. Nissan which is Renault partner company is planning to launch Leaf EV in India and the French manufacturer is following the foot steps of Japanese manufacturer to launch Zeo EV in India as the company is planning to bring it as a CBU model initially. The design of Zeo EV is attractive with swoping headlamp with a curved front bumper along with small air-dam and front gets a sleek design to reduce resistance. The windshield is steeply raked for least resistance for air and the charging port is hidden under Renault logo. On the side, Renault has given two shoulder lines in which one starts from headlamps and ends on front door.second starts from front door handles and goes all the way to tail lamps. The rear design is similar to other Renault models and it comes with LED tail lamps. The Zoe measures 4084 mm in length, 1730 mm in width and 1562 mm in height. The wheelbase of Zoe is 2588 mm and comes with 338 litres of boot space. The interior of Zoe continues the simple design theme of outside as the company has given three spoke steering wheel along with digital instrument cluster. The Zeo is loaded with features like touch screen infotainment system, climate control, push button start, alloy wheels, power windows and more is available with two electric motors – the R90 produces 92 PS of power and 225 Nm of torque while the Q90 produces 88 PS of power and 220 Nm of torque. The R90 has a range of 403 km and Q90 has 370 km. The company also offer both fast charging and normal charging options. We are expecting Renault to launch Zoe EV in 2020. Expected Launch : 2020 Expected Price : Rs.10-14 lakh 8: Nissan Note e-Power, : Nissan Leaf is the best selling EV in world and the company is following up with Note e-Power which is slightly different to Leaf as it’s a full EV which need to be charged externally but e-Power doesn’t it as it has petrol engine to make electric energy and it works like a range extender like BMW i3 and i8 models. The Note e-Power gets a 1.2 L three cylinder petrol engine along with power generator, invertor and Leaf electric motor. The 1.2 L petrol engine produces 79 PS of power at 5,400 rpm and 103 Nm of torque at 3,600 rpm – 5,200 rpm. The electric motor produces 109 PS of power at 3,008 – 10,000 rpm and 254 Nm of torque at 0-3,008 rpm. also comes with 1.5 Kwh battery which is used to generation electric power for the engine. The driver can run Note e-Power on combustion engine and electric motors along with using both these also for extra boost. Nissan claims an impressive 40 km electric range for Note e-Power and an average 37 kmpl which is impressive. The design of Note e-Power is similar to Leaf but its more like a small MPV rather than hatchback. The company designed the model to produce less drag. The Note e-Power gives lots of space for passengers at front and rear. We can expect Nissan to introduce Note e-Power in 2020 and it could be priced above Leaf. Launch : 2020 Expected Price : Rs.15-20 lakh 9.Maruti Suzuki WagonR EV, : Maruti Suzuki is currently developing next generation of WagonR and it is one of the most popular cars from the Indo-Japanese manufacturer. Suzuki and Toyota signed a deal to share current models along with developing EVs and future technologies to drive growth for both companies. Toyota is one of the leading companies in hybrid technology and this knowledge could help both companies in EV development also. This partnership will be helpful for Maruti Suzuki to launch technologically advanced cars in India before rivals do it. The WagonR EV will be the first electric model from Maruti Suzuki to be launched in India. This new model will be developed by both Maruti Suzuki and Toyota. The launch is expected to take place in 2020. expected to be constructed at Suzuki’s Gujarat plant and production will be handled by a joint company by Suzuki (50 percent), Toshiba (40 percent) and Desno (10 percent). Suzuki is yet to take a final decision on which manufacturing plant to use for manufacturing of new WagonR EV. The new Gujarat plant will be most likely to take over production as it is the most advanced factory of Maruti Suzuki and it could be changed for manufacturing EV as final assembly line of new Gujarat plant will start production only in 2019 or early 2020 which is the timeline for launch of WagonR EV according to current reports. Expected Launch : 2020 Expected Price : 5-8 lakh And many more EV Cars are coming in India by next Two years …….. So we can conclude that within next couple of years electrical cars will be dominating the cars Industry . With sexier ,Faster ,Safer and Smarter cars .
The first answer is many car manufacturers have a sports line. Honda Civic Type R, Ford Mustang GT, Kia Stinger GT, Hyundai i30N, Golf R, Suburu WRX STI, and of course the BMW M series, Benz AMG and Audi RS. Also, in the past manufacturers have experimented, e.g. 1990s Toyota NSX, MR2 and Celica; Mitsubishi 3000. I guess you could rephrase the question: why don't all cars look as good as a Huracan, Ferrari 488, McLaren 720s? Well, I'm guessing in part that it's the costs associated with development coupled with low sales volumes due to lack of all round practicality. Let me give a modern example close to my heart. A second hand BMW i8 can be bought for a fraction of the cost of a Lamborghini or Ferrari; it looks outrageous; but it's still not selling well with values falling faster than a shopping trolley pushed off a cliff. Why? Well, when people see it they expect a certain performance and it doesn't deliver. Don't get me wrong. It's quick and its 0-100 time rivals the 2014 911 Carerra S; but its body writes cheques its motors can't cash. In the end it's a reasonable GT without the boot space. That would be the problem if any other manufacturer made an outrageous design without accompanying engine, suspension etc. And these would push the price up astronomically. Look at the current Honda NSX. Like the i8 it's not selling despite excellent performance… because it's a Honda at a Ferrari price?!
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