Efficient Yet Powerful
It is commonly known that there are an increasing amount of hybrid and electric cars on the road in Great Britain.
Whether it is a mild hybrid (MHEV), full hybrid (HEV), plug-in hybrid (PHEV) or a fully electric vehicle; they exist with lower CO2 tailpipe emissions, enhanced efficiency and reduced running costs compared to their petrol and diesel-powered counterparts.
Often cars powered by an electric motor, whether on its own or in combination with an internal combustion engine, boast an increased horsepower output and the instant torque results in faster acceleration.
We are sure you will agree that the above is a recipe for a fantastic sports car. There are not a lot to choose from currently, unless you go for some of the super or hypercar brands, but here are five of the best hybrid and electric sports cars currently available in the used car market.
Despite being a fully electric car, the Porsche Taycan manages to remain instantly recognisable as a Porsche with its timeless design and striking proportions.
Covering more ground in the first 2.5 seconds than the super sports car, Porsche 918 Spyder, the Taycan offers rapid acceleration thanks to the Launch Control function and instant torque. Reaching 62mph from a standstill is dealt with in just 2.8 seconds.
Long distance driving is effortless, courtesy of an all-electric range of up to 301 miles (WLTP), CO2 emissions are non-existent from the tailpipe; seeing as the Taycan is a 100 percent electric car, and charging is simple and fast.
Originally launched as a coupé, with a roadster joining the line-up at a later date, the i8 boasts many sports car characteristics such as rapid acceleration (0 to 62mph in 4.4 seconds), dihedral doors, striking light-alloy wheels and a long wheelbase with short overhangs.
In just 16 seconds, the Roadster's roof can be fully and automatically retracted, whilst driving at a speed of up to 31mph.
Combining an electric motor with a turbocharged 3-cylinder petrol engine, the award-winning i8 Coupé and Roadster are revolutionary with their eye-catching and iconic designs.
Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid
Launched as a sports car for four, the Porsche Panamera ticks all the boxes. Four people can enjoy the experience in exquisite comfort, whilst appreciating the thrill and performance expected from a Porsche car.
Whether you prefer the Sports Saloon or Sport Turismo, the Panamera E-Hybrid models offer enhanced efficiency, thanks to the combination of an internal combustion engine and electric motor, whilst delivering incomparable acceleration from a standing start and impressive levels of performance.
Expect a remarkable total power output of 456bhp in the entry model or up to an outstanding 690bhp with the top-of-the-range Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid models, which can complete the 0 to 62mph sprint in just 3.2 seconds with the Sport Chrono Package.
Being a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model, the Panamera E-Hybrid variants will need charging if you would like to utilise the all-electric range of 24 to 35 miles (WLTP).
You may look at the Jaguar I-PACE and wonder why we have included a performance SUV in a blog about best hybrid and electric sports cars. As you are more than likely aware, the I-PACE is indeed a fully electric SUV, however, it does not look like a textbook answer for a sports car.
Defined as a true driver's car, the I-PACE delivers 513lb ft of instant torque, which results in sports car levels of acceleration; hitting 62mph from a standstill in an incredibly quick 4.8 seconds.
Equally as impressive as the above figures is the all-electric range of 292 miles, on a single charge. Meaning the I-PACE is a great choice for urban or rural driving.
Thanks to its SUV proportions, the I-PACE manages to offers drivers an exhilarating driving experience along with immense levels of practicality and spaciousness.
Tesla Model S
Another car that is not strictly a sports car, the Tesla Model S is a luxury executive car that is 100 percent electric. If you want to encounter levels of performance bordering on hypercar territory, the 2019 Performance model is for you.
Incredibly, you can zoom from 0 to 60mph in an unbelievable 2.4 seconds. That is as fast as some models from the Lamborghini, McLaren and Bugatti ranges.
Along with this phenomenal figure, this model still boasts an exceptional all-electric range of 365 miles on a single charge.
Something else that makes the Model S stand out from the rest of the cars in this list, is that despite its saloon-like-style it is actually a practical hatchback. There is plenty of room for a large family and the enormous boot can hold up to 745 litres of luggage.
Find a hybrid or electric sports car at Stratstone
We have an extensive used car collection at Stratstone, which regularly features the five cars above.
However, you can also explore the wider stock if you are interested in a luxury sports car that is still powered by traditional powertrains, or even a premium hybrid or electric car that is not necessarily a sports car.
Alternatively, for more inspiration, you can browse our latest blogs where you will find plenty of buyer's guides to help with your car search.