There was a time that, when you mentioned hybrid or electric cars, those of us who love to feel the power beneath our seats might have rolled our eyes in despair. The truth is that sports car technology has come on leaps and bounds in the last few years and it’s not been ignored by the makers of luxury and high-end cars like BMW and Porsche.
With the UK government recently announcing that petrol and diesel cars will be history by 2040, it’s given us all pause for thought. Certainly, diesel cars, vans and trucks contribute a large amount to nitrous oxide levels in the environment and this is particularly problematic in areas like our cities and towns.
We all want better air quality. But some of us still want to drive powerful cars that deliver both kudos and speed in equal measures. The good news is that this is now possible. You can literally have your automotive cake and eat it.
Here are just some of the best hybrid sports cars you can buy today:
BMW i8 Coupe
Sleek, powerful and undeniably sexy, the i8 comes in at around £100,000 but packs a punch with 0 to 60 in a little over 4.4 seconds. The car combines a highly tuned 1.5-litre petrol engine combined with a state of the art electric motor. It can run for around 23 miles on the electric component alone with greater efficiency for the petrol engine, all of which means you could, if you play your cards right, achieve up to 135 miles per gallon. Your emissions will be low too and that means you can avoid road tax as well as the London Congestion Charge.
Honda NSX Coupe
It looks like a sports car, sounds like one and certainly drives like one. The petrol-electric combination means you get a stunning 565 bhp that gets you from nought to sixty in about three seconds. Because of its high-level performance, this is the kind of car that looks good crawling through the traffic in the city or out on country roads taking those challenging bends. A snip at £144,000, if you’ve got the spare cash, the NSX ticks all the right boxes for a hybrid sports behemoth.
Porsche Panamera Hybrid
Yes, even Porsche is getting into the hybrid game and this model looks and feels like a real high powered machine. It may be the 4 litre V8 engine and electric motor that sends a shiver of delight down your spine or the top speed of 195 mph. Or it could be the fact that your running costs are going to be significantly reduced. Whatever the reason for parting with between £80,000 and £146,000 of your hard-earned cash, the Panamera is top of the range and comes with that typical Porsche style we all expect.
Whatever hybrid electric sports car you choose in the future, you’ll want to take all necessary steps to keep it in pristine condition. That’s easy nowadays with the simple to install, breathable and waterproof AirShroud E-Car Cover. It protects your car in all weather conditions at all times and you can buy it online today.