Here Are The Straight Pipes Best EV Car Launches Of 2022

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Most fast electric vehicles have only one trick: acceleration in a straight line. Off-the-line, pound-for-pound, nothing speeds up like an EV. Some are so violent that full throttle launches can even be uncomfortable. In this new video from The Straight Pipes, we get to see the launches of every electric car they’ve tested so far this year, to see which one has the best response.

Among the cars they tested were the BMW i4 M50 and BMW iX xDrive50, two of BMW’s fastest-accelerating cars to date. And while they got some good responses from the two hosts, neither had the best response of the bunch. Although, the i4 M50s were pretty good, because Jakub exclaimed “this is insane!”

After riding both I can say that they both accelerate incredibly well, although the i4 M50 does feel faster off the line despite having about the same 0-60mph time. But even my relatively slow 3.99 seconds to 60 mph, which I recorded during my review, felt much faster than that. It’s the stomach-churning instant torque you get from electric motors that makes launches feel so violent.

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However, of the cars The Straight Pipes tested this year, the two whose launches stood out were both Porsches: the Taycan Cross Turismo and the Taycan Turbo S. The first of these is the bigger, heavier wagon version, which looks like the best, but is a bit slower. The latter is the fastest car Porsche has ever made and will literally hurt your face. Sitting in the passenger seat of the Taycan Turbo S during launch, Yuri looked physically sick and I don’t really blame him for that. When a car hits 0-60mph closer to two seconds than three, you’re pulling some serious g’s and that can’t feel very good.

This video shows that BMW is one of the faster EV brands in the world, but not the fastest. If it wants to keep up with brands like Porsche, Lucid and Tesla, it will have to do better than the i4 M50 and iX. Bring on the electric M3.