Things aren't looking too hot for the internal combustion engine.
Okay, we get it. The egg-shaped electric Chevy Bolt isn’t the easiest thing to warm up to if you’ve spent a childhood staying up way too late for a school night to play Forza or watching every YouTube review on the Internet about the Lamborghini Aventador. But we promise, it’s a damn good car. And here’s a little something to convince you. A good old fashioned drag race, the only real way to determine which car is better than the other.
The Golf GTI has a lot going for it. A 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that relays 210 horsepower to the front wheels, cult status as one of the world’s best hot hatches, and nifty endearing plaid seats to top it all off. Unfortunately, the competition has it completely beat in the hardware department.
Put simply, electric cars tend to own drag races because of the fact that all of the electric torque is on tap from the get go. Tesla’s very own P100D has more than proved that to the world, and now it’s time for the Bolt to do the same. So can the 200 horsepower and and 266 lb-ft of torque that the Bolt’s electric drivetrain delivers to the front wheels do the deed of dethroning the Golf GTI on the track? Off the line, it certainly seems like that’s the case. We don’t get to see what happens after the initial takeoff, but we’d wager the GTI would overtake the electric Chevy once it’s engine can fully stretch its legs.