QOTD: Ready for An EV Performance Revolution?

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey
qotd ready for an ev performance revolution

Recently, Dodge made news by saying its beloved V8 performance cars are going full EV in the not-too-distant future. BMW is talking about a similar transition.

Meanwhile, Ford makes a GT version of the Mustang Mach-E -- and once showed a current-gen Mustang with an electric motor and a six-speed manual transmission at SEMA. Even EVs that are meant for utility than performance can be quite quick, thanks to the fact that with most EVs, peak torque is available almost instantly off "idle".

We're enthusiasts around these parts, but we're also realists. There's a strong possibility that most, if not, all high-performance sports cars will be EV-powered relatively soon. It's not a given, but it's possible. So, too, is a future in which V8-powered muscle cars duke it out with EVs for track superiority. Hybrids, of course, will also be part of the mix -- they already are -- but I'm mostly curious here about how folks will respond 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 gas-guzzling V8? Or will you prefer near-silence and near-instant torque while lapping an EV around Gingerman or Mid-Ohio?

We ask, you answer.

[Image: Dodge]

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  • Golden2husky Golden2husky on Aug 18, 2022

    When I had a rental V6 Mustang, I found the power more than adequate but missed the "correct" exhaust note for sure. I know I'd miss the roar of my 6.2 litre V8 but ultimately if the power was there, and range/recharge times fit my lifestyle (they do) I will have no problem giving up engine sounds as long as the performance makes up for it. I am assuming that the batteries will last the lifetime of the car though. That is one reason I skipped the electric mower - the battery will be useless in 8 years and my last mower lasted 15...

  • Renewingmind Renewingmind on Aug 18, 2022

    The idea of a silent smell free world of vehicles sounds wonderful from a quality of life standpoint. Start with diesel trucks. Especially big ones. They are the worst offenders for fumes and noise.

  • FreedMike One of the things that we here in North America often forget about Europe is that it's a COMPLETELY different world to drive in. Imagine driving in the downtown area of the city you live in 24/7, and never leaving it, and you have a decent simulation of what it's like to drive in a place like Paris, or London, or Rome - or Manhattan, for that matter. As far as the "dystopia" is concerned, I don't really see it that way. This isn't made for people living in the 'burbs - it's for urban dwellers. And for that application, this car would be about perfect. The big question is how successful the effort to provide large-scale EV charging in urban areas will be.
  • Matzel I am hoping that Vee-Dub will improve the UX and offer additional color options for the 2024 Mk8.5 refresh for Canada. Until then, I'll be quite happy with my '21 GTI performance pack. It still puts a smile on my face going through the twisty bits.
  • Stanley Steamer There have been other concepts with BYOT, that I have always thought was a great idea. Replacing bespoke parts is expensive. If I can plug in a standard 17" monitor to serve as my instrument panel, as well as speakers, radio, generic motors, batteries, I'm for it. Cheaper repair, replacement, or upgrade costs. Heck I'd even like to put in my own comfy seats. My house didn't come with a built in LaZboy. The irony is that omitting these bespoke items at the point of sale allows me to create a more bespoke car as a whole. It's hard to imagine what an empty rolling monocoque chassis would look like capable of having powertrains and accessories easily bolted on in my garage, but something like the Bollinger suv comes to mind.
  • Iam65689044 Sometimes I'm glad the French don't sell in America. This is one of those times.
  • SCE to AUX I was going to scoff, but the idea has some merit.The hard part would be keeping the weight and cost down. Even on the EPA cycle, this thing could probably get over 210 miles with that battery.But the cost - it's too tempting to bulk up the product for profits. What might start as a $22k car quickly becomes $30k.Resource-deprived people can't buy it then, anyway, and where will Kyle get the electricity to charge it in 2029 Los Angeles?