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We already knew that the Chevrolet Bolt EV was going to hit the European market under a different badge. GM CEO Mary Barra announced the Ampera-e project back in February and now, we have a debut date.

According to Opel’s press release, the electric vehicle sporting a lightning flash logo is set to debut in October at the “Mondial de l’Automobile” in Paris and will be displayed from October 1-16. Also included in their announcement are the Ampera-e technical specs.

These are just provisional performance figures but the Ampera-e should be capable of sprinting from 0-31mph in just 3.2 seconds and accelerate from 50-75 mph in 4.5 seconds. GM previously said that the Bolt’s 0-60 mph time will be under 7 seconds and the Ampera-e’s estimated times supports their claim so we could see something similar with the Bolt.

Opel also promises to deliver an EV that can prduce 204 PS (201 horsepower) and 266 lb-ft of torque. As for the range, the Bolt is said to have a 200+ mile range so we can assume that the Ampera-e will have a similar number.

As both models are so similar, we can assume that neither the Bolt nor the Ampera-e were designed with high performance in mind and we all know by now that the Bolt sacrificed aerodynamics for more cargo space. Opel’s press release will give us a bit us a bit of reassurance in this area.

“The Ampera-e thus performs at the same level as OPC (Opel Performance Center) models, the sporty spearheads of Opel. Fun-to-drive with the Opel Ampera-e also means swift cruising at up to 150 km/h.”


By the time the Opel Ampera-is unveiled in October, we should have a better understanding of what to expect as the Bolt is set to go into production that month and we should know more about it by then.
 

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Aren't the Ampera-e and Bolt EV basically the same car but with a different badge? I assume the specs will be the same too so we'll be getting a Bolt with 201 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque.
 

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Yea.. I thought it was just a badge change over that they did. Not too sure why they would change the performance
 

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There might be some small differences, even as time goes on, colors being a popular thing to change from market to market.
 

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Interesting to note that the Bolt/Ampera-e’s acceleration time of 50-75 mph in 4.5 seconds is close to or better than some combustion engine times.

Subaru Impreza WRX STi [2006, 280 hp, Sport Auto] – 4.4s
Audi RS4 Avant [2000, 380 hp, Sport Auto] – 4.5s
Jaguar XKR [2006, 416 hp, Sport Auto] – 4.5s
Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG [2004, 612 hp, Sport Auto] – 4.5s
Porsche 996 GT3 RS [2004, 381 hp, Sport Auto] – 4/6s
BMW M6 Cabriolet [2006, 507 hp, Sport Auto] 4.6s
Porsche 997 Carrera S Kit [2006, 381 hp, Sport Auto] – 4.6s
Lotus Exige 240R [2005, 247 hp, Sport Auto] – 4.6s
Maserati GranSport F1 Spyder [2006, 400 hp, Sport Auto] – 4.6s
Porsche 997 GT3 [2006, 415 hp, Sport Auto] – 4.7s
Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG [2005, 612 hp, Sport Auto] – 4.7s
 

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The Bolt has a 0-30 mph time of 2.9s, if it's the same as the Opel model then it'll have a 50-75 mph time of 4.5 seconds too. Is that fast?
 
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