Top 5 most-powerful EVs in India
The advent of performance-focused electric cars has threatened the existence of many ICE-powered iconic supercars. The reason behind the former’s gaining popularity, apart from zero emissions, is immediate breathtaking performance, thanks to high-voltage batteries and highly capable electric motors. However, unlike in international markets, where there are many high-performance EVs available, the Indian market has very limited options and there are a handful of them that push the performance envelope. We have listed the top five electric cars with the most performance that will give you goosebumps while taking your internal organs for a spin when you bury your right foot into the firewall.
1. Porsche Taycan Turbo S: 751bhp
Any Porsche with a Turbo, Turbo S, or Turbo GT badge explains nothing more than the mad performance Porsche is acclaimed for. The Taycan Turbo S is no different, even if it has a fully electric powertrain. As the name suggests, the Taycan Turbo S is the top-of-the-line fully-blown EV from Stuttgart, and it produces a maximum of 751bhp and 1,050Nm of torque, making it the most powerful EV currently in India. The Taycan Turbo S does not put down 751bhp all the time, but engage launch control and the Taycan Turbo S calls upon all the twist and power on tap to sprint to 100kmph in 2.8 seconds. Without the overboost function, the Taycan Turbo S produces 617bhp, which is still considered supercar levels of performance. The Taycan Turbo S comes equipped with the high-performance 93.4kWh battery pack as standard. Despite being heavier than most Porsches, the Taycan Turbo S’ acceleration and corner-carving abilities make it the fastest car on this list.
2. Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 4Matic+: 751bhp
The Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 4Matic+ is the performance division’s flagship and most powerful EV right now. Its dual-motor setup, coupled with a massive 107.8kWh battery pack, puts down 751bhp and an otherworldly 1,020Nm of twist, matching the Taycan Turbo S in terms of power and only dishes out 30Nm lesser torque, which puts the AMG EQS 53 in second place. These stupendous numbers make the AMG EQS 53 the second most powerful EV currently sold in India. However, the above figures will only be available when Race Mode is engaged. Otherwise, the AMG EQS 53 cranks as much as 640bhp and 950Nm of torque. In India, the AMG EQS 53 comes as standard with the Dynamic Plus package, which includes the 751bhp tune. This allows this mad EV to gallop to 100kmph in just 3.4 seconds.
3. Audi RS e-tron GT: 637bhp
Being the platform-mate to the Taycan, this fully-blown Audi sports sedan is impressively capable. Yes, indeed, the RS e-tron GT does not possess the same amount of power as the Taycan Turbo S, but the former is good for 637bhp and 830Nm of torque. Just like the Taycan, RS e-tron GT’s electric motors are mated to a two-speed gearbox, and the maximum power is available only with the overboost function. As standard, the RS e-tron GT puts out 590bhp and the same 830Nm of torque. A 93kWh battery pack powers the RS e-tron GT’s electric motors. The RS e-tron GT is known for its dynamic handling but also is blisteringly quick in terms of acceleration: 0-100kmph in just 3.3 seconds.
4. BMW i7: 536bhp
Electric cars glide silently and have instantaneous torque to get up to speed when needed; all in a very efficient way. The BMW i7 is one such electric vehicle, that may not be destined to beat the Porsche Taycan Turbo S but offers strong and punchy acceleration along with a boatload of luxury. The i7 is the first 7 Series to come with a completely electric powertrain and its dual electric motors produce a combined 536bhp and 745Nm of torque. Powering the electric motors is a massive 101.7kWh battery pack. The i7, with launch control engaged, will do a nought to 100kmph in 4.1 seconds, which is pretty impressive for a heavy electric luxury sedan. BMW just unveiled the more oomphy i7 M70 globally, which packs 650bhp and 1,100Nm of torque, but there is no news of its India launch.
5. Volvo XC40 Recharge: 402bhp
Being Volvo’s first electric vehicle, the XC40 Recharge is a truly capable SUV and is a more powerful and efficient sibling of the petrol-powered XC40. The XC40 Recharge in India is only available with dual electric motors, which churn out 402bhp and 660Nm of torque. A 78kWh battery pack powers the electric motors. If compared, the XC40 Recharge produces almost double the power of the petrol-powered XC40. The electric XC40 accelerates briskly with a 0-100kmph time of just 4.9 seconds. However, the added weight of the battery pack makes the XC40 Recharge weigh about 400kg more than the standard XC40.