Enthusiasts love to gripe about the electrification of vehicles, claiming it’ll zap the joy out of driving, arguing that nothing can match the visceral thrill of a roaring gas engine. While it’s true that electric vehicles (EVs) may not produce the same exciting engine sounds, they have undeniably introduced a new era of performance that gas vehicles can’t quite keep up with. Let’s dive into a list of five EVs that prove driving can still be a blast.
Porsche, known for its thrilling gas-powered vehicles, doesn’t disappoint with its electric debut, the Taycan. With configurations ranging from the 375-horsepower base model to the powerhouse Turbo S models boasting up to 750 horsepower in boost mode, the Taycan combines classic Porsche styling with cutting-edge tech. While it comes with a hefty starting price, the Taycan’s fast-charging capability and ability to recover 80 percent battery capacity in just over 22 minutes make it a desirable choice for those seeking an electrifying driving experience.
Kia EV6 GT
Ever imagined a Kia out-accelerating supercars? The EV6 GT does just that, with two electric motors delivering a combined 576 horsepower and 545 pound-feet of torque. Accelerating from 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds and reaching a top speed of 161 mph, this Korean EV doesn’t shy away from speed. Its standout styling and futuristic look set it apart, although it does trade some driving range for its impressive speed.
The Mercedes-AMG EQE sedan offers a futuristic interior, sleek design, and mind-boggling performance. Standard with 617 horsepower and 701 pound-feet of torque, the available AMG Dynamic Plus package pushes those numbers even higher. Despite its exhilarating driving experience, the EQE falls short on range, reaching just 225 miles. However, for those seeking luxury, performance, and a thrilling ride, the EQE delivers on all fronts.
Combining gorgeous design with high-end tech, the Genesis GV60 is an SUV that doesn’t compromise on style or power. With powertrain options ranging from 314 to 429 horsepower, and a temporary boost mode pushing the top powertrain to 483 horsepower, the GV60 offers an engaging driving experience. Though it falls short on driving range, clocking in at 235 miles in its most potent form, the GV60 still stands out as a fantastic EV with plenty to offer.
While BMW’s recent styling choices may be up for debate, its performance remains top-notch, as seen in the new i4. The M50 variant packs 536 horsepower and 586 pounds of torque, reaching 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds. With up to 269 miles of range, the i4 M50 strikes a balance between performance and efficiency. Despite a bit of compromise in rear-seat space, the i4 offers generous cargo space and engaging handling.
As the world of electric vehicles continues to evolve, these driver-friendly EVs redefine the driving experience, proving that electrification doesn’t mean sacrificing the thrill of the ride.