QOTD: Ready for an electric vehicle performance revolution?
Recently, Dodge made headlines when it said its beloved V8 performance cars would go all-electric in the not-too-distant future. BMW is talking about a similar transition.
Meanwhile, Ford is making a GT version of the Mustang Mach-E – and has already shown a current-generation Mustang with an electric motor and six-speed manual transmission at SEMA. Even EVs that are intended for utility rather than performance can be quite fast, thanks to the fact that with most EVs, peak torque is available almost instantaneously at “idle”.
We are passionate about these pieces, but we are also realists. Chances are that most, if not all, high-performance sports cars will be powered by electric vehicles relatively soon. It is not guaranteed, but it is possible. So is a future in which V8-powered muscle cars go head-to-head with electric vehicles for track superiority. Hybrids, of course, will also be part of the mix – they already are – but I’m mostly curious how people will react to battery-only cars. After all, hybrids still use internal combustion and therefore offer a familiar experience.
The question is, are you ready? Will you miss the exhaust notes of a gluttonous V8? Or would you prefer near-silent, near-instantaneous torque while revving an EV around Gingerman or Mid-Ohio?
We ask, you answer.
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