Renault ZOE e-Sport Is One Badass EV – Track Drive Video

3 months ago by Mark Kane 19

Not only was Fully Charged recently invited to test drive the Renault ZOE e-Sport Concept (see video here), but Car Throttle then got to give it a try without mercy.

Renault ZOE e-Sport Concept – Car Throttle

It’s great to see that the 340 kW ZOE e-Sport Concept, when pushed hard, brings a lot of fun to the driver.   In the end, it turns out to be as exciting as we thought it could be when Renault first unveiled the prototype in Geneva.

Car Throttle’s Alex was positively surprised by the performance in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive modes.

Hopefully fan response will make Renault seriously consider upgrading the 65 kW version and offering the e-Sport.  We know we’d like to have one!

Quick specs:

  • Twin electric motors provide 340 kW (nearly 460 bhp) and torque of 640Nm
  • AWD
  • 0-62mph (100km/h) in 3.2 seconds. 130mph is reached in under 10 seconds
  • Weight is just 3,086 pounds (1,400 kg), including the 992-pound (450-kg) battery
  • 40-kWh battery

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19 responses to "Renault ZOE e-Sport Is One Badass EV – Track Drive Video"

  1. Rich says:

    Meet 1/2 way between the 2 and bring it into production! Offering a battery powered competitor to the Subaru Impreza WRX STI would be awesome.

    1. SparkEV says:

      That’s what I had hoped Bolt might be since it’s priced similar. Zoe is bit too small to be STi competitor, but it can create its own market, depending on price.

      1. Rich says:

        Maybe GM will offer a performance version of the Bolt that could step into this market segment.

        1. Viking79 says:

          The Bolt EV already has good performance, but an AWD SS version would be really nice 🙂

          The one thing Tesla does is make sure they are the best at something. The largest battery, largest range, fastest 0-60, fastest charging, fastest 0-60, largest battery factory, etc. This makes marketing the car that much easier. GM and others need to do similar. Want to sell an electric SUV? Make it faster and tow more than the best gas SUV, etc.

          1. Rich says:

            “an AWD SS version would be really nice” Yes! Improve the suspension a bit, flare the wheel wells and add wider tires. Lower the price of the current Bolt to match Canadian pricing ($5,800 less) and keep the current pricing for the performance version. Would be news worthy.

          2. SparkEV says:

            GM did make the “best” in several things: SparkEV.

            Quickest charging EV in the world (2.6C to 80%), and remains so today.

            Quickest to 60 MPH of any car that cost under $20K post subsidy, gasser or EV, and still true today.

            Quickest EV under $35K to 60 MPH without subsidy (MSRP was $26K), still true today.

            Most efficient car driven at constant 62 MPH, still true today since IoniqEV isn’t available and not yet tested.

  2. Chris O says:

    I noticed the occasional odd rattle. Is this eating its transmission alive too?

    Rattle aside definitely a great image builder for EVs.

  3. WARREN says:

    Blow away the GTI, STI, RS, Type R, etc. This would definitely be an image builder for EVs.

  4. SparkEV says:

    I wonder if GM will bring SparkEV SS version to counter this Zoe.

    1. Spark Be Gone!
      Or did you miss that train? It already left that station! The Bolt EV is GM’s new Kid in Town! (EV Town, that is!)

      1. SparkEV says:

        Bolt is lot bigger than Zoe. Zoe and SparkEV are closer in size, and having similar sized cars is more comparable.

  5. Devin Serpa says:

    Ridiculous looking grille. Completely unnecessary. He says “may not be petrol…” As if petrol ever stood a chance against EVs anyway. Typical TopGear-type attitude towards EVs.

    Other than that, yes sure guess the weight and speed characteristics are better than the slower EV. But nothing new or exciting.

    1. Derek says:

      So you drove one?

  6. speculawyer says:

    0-62mph (100km/h) in 3.2 seconds.

    Holy smokes. Someone is finally actually making a car that enters Tesla’s space. This could be a worthy Model 3 competitor if they have a large battery pack option.

    1. John says:

      The ZOE E-Sport would kill every single overheating Tesla around a track.

    2. Hilva says:

      “tesla space ”
      It is funny how Tesla fans here mistake impressive acceleration for actual racing performance in cars. Tesla vehicles clearly have a lot of power and torque but they are definitely not sports car as this has been showns by their infanous performance on the nordscleife..
      This Zoe prepared by Renault sport clearly obliterate any Tesla production on a actual track..

  7. ModernMarvelFan says:

    This thing is perfect for autocross course. The much larger and heavier Tesla can’t touch it in those tighter courses.

    But with all that said, it is just a “concept” car which we don’t know if they will ever make it a real product.

  8. Kevin says:

    Very impressive performance. The problem is the batttery. It used up 20% of the electricity after one lap. We are still years away from high density, low weight battery.

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