Mainstream automakers are preparing to show off their latest wares at the Paris Motor Show later this week, but newly formed Exagon Motors is ready to run with the big boys by bringing an extended-range electric sports car. The firm is preparing to show off its Furtive e-GT later this week for the first time on the Paris floor.
Exagon Motors recently branched off from French racing team Exagon Engineering to begin work on a road-going electric vehicle. The new division didn’t stray far from its racing roots, however, when creating the built-for-speed Furtive e-GT.
Powered by a pair of 168-horsepower electric motors, the range-extended e-GT rockets from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.5 seconds, and its top speed is a governed 155 mph. By comparison, the electric-only Tesla Roadster can perform a 0-to-60 mph sprint in 3.7 seconds, and has a top speed of 125 mph.
Range is often a concern with electric vehicles, but a battery pack combined with an on-board gasoline generator allows the e-GT can travel farther than some other EVs. On battery power alone, the car reportedly has a 250-mile range, but an on-board gasoline generator provides enough electricity for an additional 250 miles.
The low-slung body and pointed nose of the Furtive e-GT gives the coupe a sporty look without being too over-the-top. Its front end and blade-style wheels bears similarity to what could have been an aggressive, two-door Tesla Model S. With a 2+2 seating configuration, the coupe will offer two more seats than its Tesla Roadster rival.
Production on the electric sports car could begin as early as 2012, but will likely be in very small quantities. We’ll get a better look at it at the Paris show in just a few days.