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New High Performance Electric Sports Car Launched

Proving that electric cars don’t have to be boring, the TORQ Roadster, a high-performance, three-wheeled, electric sports car will soon be hitting the streets.

If you want to buy an electric sports car, your choices just got more numerous, thanks to the launch of a new design from TORQ, which is said to be fast enough to go from 0-60 MPH in just four seconds.

The TORQ Roadster, which will be available starting in April, is a bit different than the other electric sports cars now on the market, as its three-wheeled design, sheathed in carbon fiber body panels is not only distinctive, but also very efficient in terms of reduced drag and quick acceleration.

This new sporty electric vehicle weighs in at just 2200 lbs, offers 612 ft/lbs of torque, and features a high-performance cam suspension and chassis designed by Palatov Motorsports.

It is powered by a 300 HP electric motor, and energized with 24 to 34 kWh lithium iron phosphate battery packs (capable of taking a full charge in about 6 hours). The Roadster is a street legal vehicle, but with the addition of a track package to its 80″ track width, is capable of pulling 1.3 Gs of lateral acceleration (more than a Ferrari F430!) for optimum cornering at speed.

“While seeking record breaking MPGe with the 3 Wheeled Aptera Electric Vehicle I often found myself longing for a more aggressive styled and track worthy adaptation. The TORQ will create a class of its own with its perfect balance of power, handling and aggressive styling. The TORQ Roadster confirms that you don’t have to compromise performance to embrace efficient vehicle technologies.” – Chris Anthony, founder of Epic EV and co-founder of Aptera

Pricing for the Roadsters starts at $65,000 USD, and in Europe at €50,000, with the first of an estimated 50 vehicle production run being delivered beginning in April 2013. Future models can also be reserved at TORQ.

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