At a glance

  • There’s a growing range of fast and powerful electric and hybrid sports cars available today
  • The batteries in EVs and hybrids deliver power faster than conventional fuel can, making them highly competitive
  • We explain how hybrid and electric sports cars compare with traditional vehicles
  • Find out about 10 of the best hybrid sports cars and EVs available to buy today


For many years, there was a belief that hybrid and electric cars would never be able to compete with the speed and power of traditional petrol-powered sports cars. However, that perception has largely been discredited. Many electric and hybrid sports cars now outperform their conventionally-powered competitors on many measures. For example, the Aspark Owl – an electric hypercar – does 0-60 in 1.7 seconds and is the fastest accelerating car on the road.

So, if you’re looking for a new sports car, then choosing an electric or hybrid version is definitely a good option. In this article, you’ll learn about 10 of the best hybrid sports cars and EVs on the market right now

If you’ve always dreamed of owning a sports car, then it’s definitely worth taking the time to learn about the options and figure out exactly what you’re looking for. Our guide to buying your first sports car has some great tips if you’re not sure where to begin. 


Why are electric and hybrid sports cars faster?

Electric and hybrid sports cars can go from 0-60 faster than conventional sports cars because they’re simply less complex. 

When you put your foot down in a battery-powered car, energy goes directly from the battery to turn the motor, which then drives the wheels forward instantaneously. In a petrol car, by comparison, there are far more steps involved in getting petrol from the tank, sparking it, then using that energy to turn the engine and wheels. EVs also don’t require you to shift through the gears to get up to maximum speed – whereas conventional sports cars do. 

If you want to know more about the differences between EVs, hybrids, petrol and diesel cars, our helpful blog has got you covered.

10 of the best hybrid sports cars and electric sports cars available today 

At Motors, we review hundreds of cars every year. Here’s our pick of the best sporty hybrid cars and EVs you can buy today. 

1. 1. Honda NSX

The NSX revived one of Honda’s most famous nameplates, but the Japanese manufacturer also added in some clever hybrid technology to make things even more exciting. This isn’t a plug-in hybrid, so you won’t be using the battery to do most of your driving. Nonetheless, it’s pleasingly silent when cruising around town – and is arguably more practical than a lot of supercars. Of course, it handles brilliantly and is exceptionally fast off the mark (0-60 in 3.1 seconds), so you’ll get plenty of thrills from driving it.

Best Features

Honda NSX key features

  • As NSX isn’t a plug-in hybrid, there’s no need to charge it up with a cable
  • It actually has three electric motors – two at the front and one at the rear – which makes this car all-wheel-drive for better traction
  • It can still travel under electric power at slow speeds – ideal if you’re trying to avoid drawing too much attention to yourself
  • The NSX’s main boot is in its ‘frunk’ – under the bonnet – though it does get quite warm from time to time
  • Engine: 3.5-litre V6 with electric motors
  • Power output: 581bhp
  • 0-60mph: 3.1 seconds
  • Doors: Two doors
  • Top speed: 191mph
  • Type of electric car: Hybrid

2. 2. Tesla Model S Plaid

Tesla’s Model S Plaid rockets away from the line with acceleration that makes rollercoasters seem slow. With three, super-powerful electric motors, it lets you go from 0-60 in 1.99 seconds – blisteringly fast. Besides that incredible speed, the Model S Plaid is also a genuinely practical vehicle (which can’t be said for many sports cars). With a stated range of 340 miles and access to the Supercharger network, you get a car that goes fast, but can still be used for daily life too. It has plenty of room inside, it’s really comfortable, and has all the smart tech and style Tesla is known for. And the Model S is also competitively priced too, as far as sports cars go. What’s not to love?

Best Features

Tesla Model S Plaid key features

  • The Model S Plaid is Tesla’s most powerful car, and it’s fitted with loads of performance features like bigger brakes that help to slow the car down more effectively
  • Thanks to three electric motors, the Model S Plaid will go from 0-60mph in just 1.99 seconds
  • A special ‘track’ mode puts the Plaid in its most powerful setting for longer
  • It’s said to have the record for the fastest lap for a production electric vehicle at the famous Nurburgring 
  • Range: 340 miles
  • Doors: Five doors 
  • Top speed: 175
  • Type of electric car: Full electric

3. 3. BMW i8

BMW’s clever i8 manages to use hybrid power to generate plenty of performance, and it’s efficient, too. The plug-in batteries in this sporty hybrid car deliver plenty of punch, letting you travel over 20 miles on battery alone. But it’s the overall performance that really makes it stand out – it’s speedy, agile and a real pleasure to drive. You get three driving modes – pure petrol, hybrid or pure electric, that can be adjusted depending on where you’re cruising along. We also think it’s a gorgeous car – all smooth, sophisticated lines. 

With fantastic control, plenty of tech and real comfort (at least for the driver and main passenger – the back seats offer next to no legroom), the BMW i8 is surely one of the best hybrid sports cars out there.  

Best Features

BMW i8 key features

  • Despite its supercar styling, the i8 actually uses an engine taken from a Mini Cooper
  • That engine is combined with an electric motor and battery which allow it to go from 0-60mph in under five seconds
  • A Roadster version is also available for those who want wind-in-your-hair thrills
  • BMW says that the i8 should be able to travel for up to 33 miles on electric power alone, at speeds of up to 75mph
  • Doors: 2
  • Top speeds: 155
  • Type of electric car: Hybrid

4. 4. Lexus LC-500h

The striking Lexus LC500h may look like a full-on supercar, but this hybrid sports car is much more efficient than you might think. Let’s start with those gorgeous looks – with a big bold grill, stunning lines and 21-inch wheels, it’s definitely a conversation starter. Inside, it’s all classy refinement and comfort, not to mention a top notch display and sound system. When it comes to performance, this hybrid sports car is up there with the best. It goes 0-60 in just under five seconds, feels very well balanced and is also one of the most fuel efficient vehicles in this list. We’re sure you’ll love the Lexus LC-500h just as much as we do.

Best Features

Lexus LC-500h key features

  • The 500h is a hybrid version of the striking LC- there’s also a full V8-powered version 
  • It has the space for four people, though the rear seats are only suitable for children
  • Despite its 3.5-litre V6 engine, the hybrid LC500h will still manage up to 35mpg – not bad for a car of this type
  • The LC is available as both a coupe and a folding roof convertible 
  • Doors: 2
  • Top speeds: 155mph
  • Type of electric car: Hybrid

5. 5. Porsche Taycan

Porsche has thrown everything it knows into the Taycan, which is probably why it’s one of the best-handling EVs about. What we really love about the Taycan is that it still looks and feels just like a Porsche – it’s fast and great to drive, yet also has decent range (301 miles) without having an overly-heavy battery. The fact it looks simply stunning helps too. Thanks to a very low centre of gravity, this car really grips the road, handling corners with ease. And despite being a very sporty electric car it’s still practical – it’s a four door with enough room for two adults in the back, and a respectable-sized boot.

Best Features

Porsche Taycan key features

  • The Taycan is Porsche’s first fully electric car and one which shares many components with the Audi e-tron GT
  • The Taycan follows Porsche’s familiar naming structure, with ‘Turbo’ models being the fastest in the range
  • A special dial on the Taycan’s steering wheel allows the driver to cycle through different ‘modes’
  • An estate version of the Taycan – called Cross Turismo – is also available for drivers who need a bit more boot space
  • Range: 301 miles
  • Doors: 4
  • Top speeds: 161mph
  • Type of electric car: Full electric

6. 6. Skoda Octavia iV vRS

The Octavia iV vRS is a hybrid sports car that you can use every day thanks to its large boot and spacious cabin. While it may not be as stylish as some of the other sports cars on this list, it’s pretty nippy, doing 0-60 in just over 7 seconds. The plug in battery also allows you to cover as much as 37 miles on battery alone, more than enough for emissions-free local journeys. The Octavia iV vRS is ideal if you want a sporty hybrid car, but for practical reasons don’t want to go all out with a supercar just yet. 

Best Features

Skoda Octavia iV vRS key features

  • The Octavia was the first car to get an ‘iV vRS’ badge, which combines Skoda ‘iV’ electric section of the company and its performance arm ‘vRS’
  • It’s available in both saloon and estate layouts, so there’s an option for everyone
  • It uses a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine linked to an electric motor to produce 242bhp
  • When the batteries are fully charged, Skoda says that the Octavia can travel for up to 37 miles on electric-only power
  • Doors: 5
  • Top speeds: 140mph
  • Type of electric car: Hybrid

7. 7. Honda CR-Z

If quirky looks are what you’re after, then the Honda CR-Z definitely nails the brief. It’s also a pretty fun hybrid sports car to drive – it’s quick, handles well and the battery motor gives you a big oomph of speed when you need it. The battery is charged purely by regenerative braking – there’s no plugging in with this hybrid. It’s also an entirely manual car – which is unusual in the hybrid market. You choose when to use the battery and in what way – giving you extra control. 

Inside it’s very comfortable (though not so much sitting in the rear seats) and has plenty of modern bells and whistles as well as  an easy to use infotainment system. Although it isn’t the fastest hybrid sports car (top speed: 124mph) it’s much more reasonably priced than many of its competitors. 

Best Features

Honda CR-Z key features

  • The CR-Z is a great option if you’re wanting a quirky but budget-friendly sporty model as there are plenty of well-priced used examples
  • It’s a hybrid, but unlike many hybrids the CR-Z has a manual gearbox – great for drivers who don’t want an automatic
  • The CR-Z uses a four-cylinder petrol engine combined with an electric motor and the setup can return a very impressive 56.4mpg
  • The dashboard is very futuristic, with loads of buttons and controls which help to make it look quite spaceship-like
  • Doors: Two 
  • Top speeds: 124mph
  • Type of electric car: Hybrid

8. 8. Audi e-tron GT

Audi’s tip-top EV supercar has huge performance, plus the added benefit of all-wheel-drive for better wet-weather ability. As you’d expect from an electric sports car, it’s very quick – doing 0-60 in just over 3 seconds. It’s also a real pleasure to drive – silent, smooth, stylish. 

The e-tron GT has a very respectable range of over 300 miles – less than some of its competitors, but still more than enough for most trips. The inside is as high-tech and sophisticated as you’d expect from Audi, and thanks to its saloon body it has more than enough internal space for passengers and luggage in the boot. 

Best Features

Audi e-tron GT key features

  • This is Audi’s first electric supercar and is designed to be an electric alternative to some of its existing sports cars
  • The e-tron GT can also be had as an ‘RS’ (like many of its petrol and diesel cars) which adds more power and added performance features
  • It’s based on the same platform as the Porsche Taycan, but the Audi has a more comfort-focused setup
  • The e-tron GT has a specially designed ‘sound’ which progresses as you accelerate 
  • Range: Up to 305 miles
  • Doors: 4 doors
  • Top speeds: 161mph
  • Type of electric car: Full electric

9. 9. Ford Mustang Mach-e GT

Ford’s most powerful electric car is a truly modern interpretation of the famous Mustang name. This is technically an SUV, but its low profile, body shape, and snarling speed mean it competes with the best of the electric sports cars too. It does 0-60 in just under 4 seconds, so it’s exceptionally fast, and this pacy drive makes overtaking a breeze. 

Ford have clearly worked to make this sporty EV feel fun – which doesn’t go unnoticed considering electric cars do have a reputation for being a little characterless. The driving dynamics here are engaging, too. It also has a very respectable range (310 miles) and a top speed of 124mph, despite being a relatively heavy build. 

Best Features

Ford Mustang Mach-e GT key features

  • The Mach-e GT has a host of tweaks and changes to make it sharper to drive than the regular car, while all versions of the GT get grippier tyres for better cornering
  • The GT uses two electric motors which means that it’ll do 0-60mph in just 3.5 seconds
  • All GT versions get a special body kit which makes them look sportier and more aggressive 
  • All versions get plenty of equipment including 20-inch alloy wheels, a Bang & Olufsen sound system and upgraded performance brakes
  • Range: 310 miles
  • Doors: 5
  • Top speeds: 124mph
  • Type of electric car: Full electric

10. 10. Ferrari 296 GTB

Ferrari has delivered a masterclass in engineering with the 296 GTB – it’s arguably the best hybrid sports car yet released. What you get is an incredible Ferrari engine that crackles with energy, handles excellently and is an absolute joy to drive. But then you switch to the electric engine, allowing you to cruise silently through towns and villages, before rip-roaring again on the open road. With this hybrid, Ferrari seems to have really perfected the combination of petrol and battery power – taking the conventional supercar and giving it greater depth and control.  

Best Features

Ferrari 296 GTB key features

  • The 296 GTB is the first road-going car from Ferrari to use a V6 engine
  • The V6 engine in the 296 is nicknamed ‘piccolo V12’ which means ‘baby V12’ in Italian, referencing that it’s a smaller version of the engines Ferrari usually uses
  • The 296 GTB can travel for up to 15 miles when its battery is fully charged 
  • There’s also a convertible version of the 296 available which is called the 296 GTS
  • Doors: 2
  • Top speeds: 205mph
  • Type of electric car: Hybrid

Electric and hybrid sports cars: the future?

In just a few years, EVs and hybrids have gone from being rather unfashionable boxes to competing (and even beating) the very best supercars out there. And as this list of electric and hybrid sports cars shows, there’s an ever growing range available. So, which hybrid sports car or electric sports car will you choose?