Rimac tests the limits of human bravery and material strength with an 1813-horsepower carbon-fiber electric warhead. The Croatian startup’s Nevera uses a one-piece monocoque chassis with channels of battery cells spread underneath, between, and behind the seats. With a pair of electric motors at each axle, its 205-mile estimated driving range won’t win any awards, but the Nevera’s claimed DC fast-charging speed of 500 kW should alleviate any range anxiety—once public infrastructure can actually reach those numbers. Limited to just 150 units, the Nevera’s $2.2 million price tag further boosts its exclusivity, and it’s certainly a machine that valets would battle each other to park.
What’s New for 2023?
Production of the 1813-hp Nevera began last year. For 2023, the Rimac Nevera goes unchanged, as the company continues to work towards its goal of filling incoming orders.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
The hardest part isn’t deciding how your Nevera is built, it’s finding enough couches to pick through to gather the 220 million pennies it’ll take to get on the list.
EV Motor, Power, and Performance
Proving there’s no such thing as too much horsepower, the Nevera uses a four-motor fully-electric powertrain that puts a carbon-sleeved permanent-magnet AC synchronous motor at each wheel with a one-speed direct-drive transmission. While 1877 horsepower is the battery’s maximum output, 1813 horsepower is the most power that can be made at the motors. Not like you’ll be able to tell a difference. Both front motors generate 295 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque, while the two rear drive units are good for 644 horsepower and 664 pound-feet each. Rimac claims the Nevera can get to 60 mph in 1.85 seconds and a quarter-mile in 8.6 seconds. That would be quicker than anything we’ve ever tested, but those estimates come with one major asterisk; they were earned on a prepped drag strip. The 258 mph top speed claim, however, few will be crazy enough to attempt.
Range, Charging, and Battery Life
Let’s be honest, in a car with more horsepower than a Formula One racer, outright EV range doesn’t take highest priority. All that mind-bending performance has a trade-off, and as such, the Nevera earned a 205-mile range estimate from the EPA. How quickly that range shrinks after a few seconds of cruising at the car’s 258 mph, well, that’s up to the millionaires to decide. The Nevera uses a massive 117.0-kWh battery pack that runs between and behind the seats and seatbacks with additional wings of cells spreading under the driver and passenger’s side footwells and acts as an area of additional rigidity for the car’s chassis. For more information about the Nevera’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
According to the EPA, the Nevera achieves 53, 53, and 54 MPGe ratings for its respective combined, city, and highway estimated values. We haven’t run the Nevera on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen, so we can’t evaluate its real-world mpg. For more information about the Nevera’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
While outright performance is at the forefront of the Nevera’s mission, Rimac wanted the feeling of sitting in one to match the excitement of driving it. While each of the 150 Neveras can be custom built with various materials, colors, and stitching to accommodate any opulent look, the carbon monocoque from which the entire car is fastened can’t be ignored. Bare carbon is present across the dashboard’s center fascia, as well as around the center console and covering the steering column. Suede and shiny billet aluminum are also common materials inside the Croatian all-electric hypercar.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The Nevera’s command center consists of three screens that display various vehicle controls and information. A large infotainment screen is centrally-mounted with billet-machine hardware that allows it to fold forward for extra storage space, and its heavy-dutiness helps prevent the display from succumbing to the car’s intense lateral g acceleration. A passenger-side LCD shows speed, acceleration, and other info that’s sure to raise any co-pilot’s heart rate. A wireless smartphone charger is also available and found above the center console.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The Nevera is not offered with commonly available driver-assistance features, such as blind-spot monitoring. For more information about the Nevera’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites.
2022 Rimac Nevera
Vehicle Type: front- and rear-motor, all-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, 2-door coupe
Base: $2,050,500 (2,000,000 euros converted using exchange rate at time of order)
Front Motors: 2 permanent-magnet synchronous AC, 295 hp, 207 lb-ft each
Rear Motors: 2 permanent-magnet synchronous AC, 644 hp, 664 lb-ft each
Combined Power: 1813 hp
Combined Torque: 1741 lb-ft
Battery Pack: liquid-cooled lithium-ion, 117.0 kWh
Onboard Charger: 22.0 kW
Transmissions, F/R: direct drive
Wheelbase: 108.1 in
Length: 187.0 in
Width: 78.2 in
Height: 47.6 in
Cargo Volume: 4 ft3
Curb Weight (C/D est): 5100 lb
PERFORMANCE (C/D EST)
60 mph: 1.9 sec
100 mph: 4.1 sec
1/4-Mile: 8.6 sec
Top Speed: 258 mph
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 53/53/54 MPGe
Range: 205 mi