How does the Rimac Nevera compare with its rivals?
Is the latest hypercar better than Bugatti's, Koenigsegg's, Lamborghini's and Tesla's offerings?
The Rimac Nevera ( previously known as the Concept Two ) was revealed this week and has hit the headlines as being the most powerful production car currently on sale with 1914 horsepower. It is safe to say that this electric hypercar has taken the world by storm.
But how does it compare with its competitors? It has already destroyed the Ferrari SF90 Stradale over a quarter-mile drag race, setting a new world record, covering the distance in an insane 8.62 seconds. With a top speed of 265 miles per hour, it will take some serious beating.
The Rimac's first competitor is the Tesla Roadster which, despite being a concept at the moment, has been the subject of a lot of media attention recently due to Elon Musk ( the CEO of the electric car company ) making bold claims about the performance of the second generation Roadster. And you can see why many people are excited, with the incredible performance for a reasonable price in today's market. The standard Roadster will do 0-60 miles per hour in 1.9 seconds and compete the quarter-mile in 8.8 seconds. As well as these statistics, Musk has said that the Roadster will be able to hit 250 mph. This is ridiculous in a four seater with a claimed range of 620 miles, almost 300 miles more than the Nevera! With a similar proposed top speed, 0-60 time and quarter-mile time, but for only a fraction of the price, the Roadster looks like a big rival for the Nevera. With the optional SpaceX package, which has a claimed 1.1 seconds 0-60 mph time, the Roadster could have better performance than the Nevera and be much better value for money, as they will cost from £151,000. The Roadster must be the Nevera's biggest rival.
Another rival is the Lamborghini Sian, the Italian brand's latest hypercar. The Sian has a mild hybrid system and a V12 engine, which together put out 785 horsepower and take the Sian from 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds and onto a top speed of 217 mph. These stats are very impressive, however on paper the Sian is slower than the Nevera, despite costing £2.6 million at least compared with the base price of £1.7 million for the Rimac. Perhaps the Lamborghini branding is considered in the price? With better performance and a lower price, surely the Nevera must be a better option? The Sian has one redeeming feature though: its engine. The noisy V12 must be a benefit and the experience must make up for the relative lack of performance.
The Bugatti Chiron is the first car in this article that relies solely on the combustion engine. Its W16 engine pumps out an incredible 1479 horsepower. It can go from 0 to 60 mph in 2.3 seconds and can reach a top speed of 261 mph. The interior is stunning as well and is probably the nicest of all the cars in this article. Just as well, as the Chiron will cost you at least £2.5 million. So it's cheaper than the Sian and also faster. Compared with the Nevera, it has a better top speed, but the Nevera's acceleration is currently untouchable. However, the Chiron Super Sport 300+ gets 1577 horsepower from the same W16 engine, taking it to a world record 304 mph, although the 0-60 time remains the same. The improved performance does come at a cost though, with a Super Sport 300+ costing an extra £600,000.
The Jesko is Koenigsegg's fastest car ever and is the replacement for the Agera. With 1280 horsepower or in some cases 1600 horsepower, the Jesko is a beast and Koenigsegg have said it will be able to do over 300 mph or even over 330 mph! It should do 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds, although that isn't the Jesko's purpose. At £2.3 million, it is cheaper than the Chiron and could be faster. The Jesko and Chiron will go head to head, as Koenigsegg and Bugatti have been in competition for years to build the world's fastest car. The Nevera however doesn't have the same aim as the Jesko and the Chiron, focussing on acceleration rather than top speed. With the Chiron having a faster 0-60 time, it must be the bigger rival, compared with the Jesko.
The Nevera is an incredible machine, showing off the performance that batteries can bring. Its biggest rival has to be the Tesla Roadster, when it goes on sale, as the statistics are similar with similar top speeds and 0-60 mph times, but the Roadster is much cheaper. The Sian can't really compete with the Nevera, as it has worse performance and a larger price tag. The Jesko and Chiron are really built for top speed, so are different from the Rimac. However they will all be compared, as the Jesko, Chiron and Nevera will probably be the three most exciting hypercars of the next few years. Which of the cars mentioned would you want?
Sources of information: www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4orCB71BgY