Hybrid Cars: Italdesign’s Namir
Top-ten lists have been around longer than that old comedian on late-night television, but one of the latest fads is creating top-ten lists that are green-car related. In this case, we are looking at the ten fastest (or most powerful) hybrid cars on earth. That’s saying a lot, because there are some pretty darn fast and powerful hybrids out there.
Hybrid Cars: Speed and Power
At the top of most lists of “quick and powerful hybrid cars” is the Jaguar C-X75 (See photo). With a pure-electric range of 68 miles, the X75 reaches 60 mph in less than three seconds, from a standstill. With a sticker of $1,146,000, the fuel-efficient little Jag can top out at a breathless 205 mph.
Italdesign’s Namir is billed as world’s fastest hybrid, though its 187 mph top speed is a bit shy of the Jag X75. More impressive, due to the huge fuel tank, the Namir can drive 1,200 miles without refueling or recharging, and averages 92 mpg. (See photo)
Number three on the list is the car featured in the video link above, the Veritas RSIII hybrid roadster. Even with a weight of over 2,800 pounds, the car can reach 205 mph. The Veritas has an electric range of 31 miles. Look for an all-electric version of the car next year. Order early to avoid the rush!
Hybrid Cars: Jaguar C-X75
Rounding out the top ten, the following seven cars are all works of art, speed demons, and just fun to look at. Cars are listed with name and other pertinent data.
Porsche Panamera S Hybrid-
Price; $96,000. Top speed; 162 mph.
Even with 434 horsepower, the Essence still gets 30 mpg.
BMW ActiveHybrid 7
With a V8 and 455 horsepower, the Beemer AH7 reaches 60 mph in well under five seconds.
With 360 horsepower and a V6 engine, the M35 hits 60 mph in 5.5 seconds.
Called the QIWbZ 5965, this concept has a gas-electric motor, hits 60 mph in 4 seconds, and tops out at 186 mph.
BMW Hydrogen hybrid concept
Technically not a hybrid since it is planned to run exclusively on hydrogen power, the Beemer Hydro, as fans call it, will be able to drive at speeds up to 185 mph.
Limelite CoachWorks hybrid limo
On the list solely for its power, not speed, the Limelite hybrid limo is powered by gasoline and lithium batteries. The standard version has two full bars and ultra-comfortable appointments.
One warning: Car companies are famous for “pumping the numbers” on some of their exclusive offerings, so when a car maker claims that a specific model can go x mph, for example, that might mean it achieved the speed one time only, on a test track. As the saying goes, your mph may vary. So before plunking down a million or so for one of the beauties listed above, tell the dealer you want to take the car out to the track and see if it really can drive uphill at 245 mph, or whatever the fine print says.
Seriously, the world of high-end cars has been changing a lot in recent years, thanks to the addition of hybrid and electric offerings. All of which is great, because it means that automakers will now have more of a reason to compete with each other in the categories of “fastest hybrid vehicle,” “fastest EV,” and “fastest CNG car.” It is definitely a win-win situation.