The latest crop of electric cars (EVs) makes it clear that zero-emissions efficiency can live side-by-side with rewarding driving dynamics and stunning sheet metal.
Italian carmaker Automobili Pininfarina plans to launch a new EV that will emphasize performance and design in ways that push the segment’s boundaries. Known as the Pininfarina Battista, this electric supercar comes built to fly with a whopping 1,900 horsepower, packaged in a sleek, carbon-fiber body.
Automobili Pininfarina claims that the Battista will be the most powerful car ever designed and built in Italy, home of legendary carmakers like Ferrari and Lamborghini.
The Battista is expected to deliver performance that’s mind-blowing for a road car. Automobili Pininfarina asserts that this EV can hustle from a standstill to 62 mph in less than two seconds, and this makes the Battista quicker than a current Formula 1 race car.
This electric supercar offers multiple drive modes that allow you to customize its performance. And though it’s naturally silent due to its electric powertrain, the Battista comes with a feature that allows the driver to create the pleasing acoustics you expect from a performance car, using the vehicle’s hardware.
When it comes to driving range, it’s expected that the Battista will be able to travel for about 280 miles between charges, and it will have DC fast-charging capability. Automobili Pininfarina claims this EV can achieve a top speed of over 218 mph. All models come with all-wheel drive, enhanced with a torque-vectoring feature.
This EV will be marketed as a true exotic, so don’t expect it to be a popular sight in local mall parking lots. Automobili Pininfarina has teamed with retail partners in North America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, and total production across these regions is expected to remain below 150 units.
The Pininfarina Battista is expected to arrive in dealerships in 2020. If you’ve got bottomless pockets and a thirst for speed, keep an eye out.