Pininfarina battista electric supercar

The price of the electric Pininfarina Battista is a staggering $2 million Here’s what you get for that price

The Pininfarina Battista car is a remarkable one. The car’s base price of $2.2 million is quite shocking. However, its capabilities are amazing. Automobili Pininfarina claims that the vehicle can reach speeds of 60-70 mph in just two seconds, with a maximum output power of 1,900 horsepower. You probably spent longer reading that sentence.

Battista is convincing, even if it’s a costly argument, that electric cars don’t have to be boring appliances. It is a supercar with all the components – power, prestige, and price – but it has extra large servings of each. It’s an all-wheel-drive thrill ride that is eye-catching, wallet-straining, and gut-punching.

When I had a flashback, I was driving along a curving blacktop road with autumn leaves in a green Battista. Similar roads had been used by me seven years ago when I drove a 1969 Lamborghini Miura.

This memory was both ironic and kind of incredible. The Miura is widely considered to be the first modern supercar. The 12-cylinder engine was mounted directly behind the seats, instead of underneath it like in other cars. This design was not intended for street use, but for race cars. This design is now common in a variety of high-performance, expensive cars.

Like Lamborghini changed everything in the 1960s and 1970s, Pininfarina could be the beginning of a new era. The Battista is one of the first cars to bring an end to the era of supercars powered by gasoline. The promise of electric power is more acceleration and power, with fewer tailpipe emissions, and without the roaring V12 engine. Stephan Winkelmann, Lamborghini’s CEO, said that an electric supercar is not possible today with the technology available. Yes, plug-in hybrids are possible, but they don’t have to be completely powered by batteries. The argument is that batteries, particularly those with a lot of range, are too heavy to make any supercar truly a supercar.

The Pininfarina Battista tests his skepticism, but I fear that Winkelmann might just be right. At least, for the moment.

A company that was spun off of the Pininfarina design agency, which designed bodies for decades worth of Ferraris, created and assembled the fully electric Battista. Named after founder Battista Pinin Farina, the car was named for him. His nickname was later incorporated into the family’s name and the company’s. Even turbocharged Bugatti 16-cylinder engines are outpowered by it. Motors and batteries were jointly developed by Rimac, a Croatian electric supercar manufacturer that sold a portion of itself to Bugatti parent Volkswagen. This company has been merged into Bugatti-Rimac to create Bugatti–Rimac.

The Battista is a beautiful car to admire, and it is Pininfarina’s. I was able to test the car, which was the first of 150 production cars. It had green paint that sparkled with gold flecks and a beautifully curved body.

The interior of the car is very nice. The buyer can choose from a variety of colors, including different colored passenger and driver seats. The passenger compartment of this car was covered with tan leather and matched by a customized set of luggage. The interior of the Battista isn’t as complicated as other electric models. Instead, it uses touchscreens to control functions such as seat and steering wheel adjustments.

I could switch between the basic modes of the car by turning a knob on the driver’s door. Calma is the most relaxed, and it has 670 horsepower. This is enough to get the car up to 124 mph, but not much. The accelerator pedal must be properly pushed down to start the front wheels. Next, you will find Energica, Pura, and Furiosa. These modes offer more power and performance.

The Battista is a phenomenal experience in terms of performance. It accelerates with astonishing brutality. It turns well and feels balanced at all speeds. It is responsive, quick, and heavy, but it also feels strangely light and lacking in feel. The steering was responsive to bumps and imperfections in the pavement, but I didn’t feel any tactile sensation of the car moving.

It’s enjoyable, but it lacks a sense of completeness. I have experienced a singularity when all the pieces are in one car. Driving a McLaren, Ferrari, Lamborghini, or Ferrari – going down a straight stretch of road and then turning around like you’re swinging on pendulums – is not a feeling that you have. It’s more about you. The Battista experience felt more organic and less immediate. It was clear that I was driving a machine, and that the machine was distinct from me.

Although I could blame the lackluster engine sound, I have driven many electric cars before, including the all-electric Porsche Taycan Turbo S., I still find the Taycan to be more fun than the Battista. Fairness is told, the Taycan was more fun to drive on long roads and with better fuel economy. However, there were many smiles.

Electric cars are capable of producing a ripping sound like an internal combustion V12 engine, but they can also provide their thrills thanks to their quick response to the accelerator pedal. That’s what Battista does. It is difficult to control extraneous sounds when there is no engine noise. The cabin was filled with road noises, buzzes, and clicks and clicks from the electric motors. Pininfarina made an artificial whirring sound to compensate for the absence of engine sounds, but it was difficult to hear or notice.

Pininfarina set a new standard by calling the Battista hyper-GT. GT stands for Grand Touring. GT cars are designed to combine outstanding performance with comfort for long drives in the countryside at high speeds. Although a GT car is more relaxed than a supercar, it can be difficult to find the right balance. The Bugatti Chiron is the best example of a hyper-GT, which uses a lot of premium gasoline. The Bugatti Chiron is a much more expensive car than the Battista but it offers a far better experience.

For that matter, though, even fairly aggressive modern supercars from Lamborghini, Ferrari, and McLaren – ones with wings on the back and seats that are mere inches off the road – deliver a more relaxed experience in their cruising-down-the-boulevard modes than the Battista, and at a fraction of the price. The Battista felt rough and savage in its front-wheel drive Calma mode.

Per Svantesson, Automobili Pininfarina CEO explained that part of the problem is the car’s weight. Battista’s large battery packs are heavy, so keeping the car’s weight down meant removing much of the insulation that makes it sound more comfortable. The suspension was also necessary to control that car’s weight, which is a significant feat considering it can go very fast even in low-key mode.

Perhaps Lamborghini’s Winkelmann was right in the end. Although battery packs can provide speed and incredible power, they do not offer the full experience. In the 1960s and 1970s Lamborghini’s first supercar, the Miura had power and speed that were all you could expect. Although the Miura was a thrill, it wasn’t a pleasure cruise. However, things have changed and even the most aggressive cars now offer a much better driving experience.

Maybe electric supercars just have their Miura moment. Although it’s still early, things will surely improve.

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