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    I drove a $2 million electric supercar and it felt like a fighter jet. Take a closer look at the Pininfarina Battista, which can hit 60 mph in under 2 seconds.

    The Pininfarina Battista.
    The Pininfarina Battista.

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    • I drove the Pininfarina Battista, a wickedly fast and outrageously powerful electric supercar. 
    • The Italian firm will only make 150 Battistas, and each start at 2.2 million euros. 
    • It packs 1,900 horsepower and can hit 62 mph in less than two seconds. 
    Much like the rest of the automotive world, supercars are going electric.

    The Pininfarina Battista.
    The Pininfarina Battista.

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    I got to drive one of the newest, quickest, and most luxurious battery-powered exotics on the market.

    The Pininfarina Battista.
    The Pininfarina Battista.

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    Meet the $2.2 million Pininfarina Battista.

    The Pininfarina Battista.
    The Pininfarina Battista.

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    It’s the first model from Pininfarina, the legendary Italian firm that’s designed and built cars for other brands like Ferrari — but never came out with its own vehicle.

    The Pininfarina Battista.
    The Pininfarina Battista.

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    Automobili Pininfarina is technically separate from Pininfarina, the design house. Both under the umbrella of the Indian automotive giant Mahindra. 

    It’s named for the company’s founder, Battista “Pinin” Farina, who always dreamt of producing his own car but never made that a reality.

    The Pininfarina Battista.
    The Pininfarina Battista.

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    Nearly 100 years after Pininfarina began in 1930, the Battista is here. The first two cars were delivered to US customers earlier this month.

    The Pininfarina Battista.
    The Pininfarina Battista.

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    The EV marries monstrous power with otherworldly acceleration and wraps that all up in an elegant, leather-bound package.

    The Pininfarina Battista.
    The Pininfarina Battista.

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    It doesn’t have the loud, in-your-face styling of a Bugatti Chiron or McLaren Senna that screams: “I cost more than your house and can hit 200 mph like it’s nothing.”

    The Pininfarina Battista.
    The Pininfarina Battista.

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    Of course, both of those things are true of the Pininfarina too. The company says it aimed for a more “timeless” design.

    The Pininfarina Battista.
    The Pininfarina Battista.

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    Buyers can customize their Battista in practically endless combinations, the company says.

    The Pininfarina Battista.
    The Pininfarina Battista.

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    And all 150 Battistas will be unique; once a customer chooses a particular configuration of options, it’s removed from the catalog.

    The Pininfarina Battista.
    The Pininfarina Battista.

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    Walk up to the Battista and you’ll notice it emits a subtle, pulsing grumble.

    The Pininfarina Battista.
    The Pininfarina Battista.

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    That’s by way of a speaker system, not an engine, of course. And the sound grows more ferocious as you click through the Battista’s drive modes, which range from Calma to Furiosa.

    The Pininfarina Battista.
    The Pininfarina Battista.

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    Its body vibrates slightly to the touch, giving owners the same sensations of a big-engine supercar but updated for the electric era.

    The Pininfarina Battista.
    The Pininfarina Battista.

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    There’s a performative aspect to the noise as well. Because what’s the point of ripping down Rodeo Drive in your seven-figure supercar if nobody can hear you coming?

    The Pininfarina Battista.
    The Pininfarina Battista.

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    Getting inside the Battista isn’t always the most graceful process, as it’s so low to the ground. But anybody who’s buying one is surely better-practiced than I am at that sort of thing.

    The Pininfarina Battista.
    The Pininfarina Battista.

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    The doors take a section of roof with them, meaning you don’t have to duck to slip inside, which helps.

    The Pininfarina Battista.
    The Pininfarina Battista.

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    In the driver’s seat, you’re hugged tight by plush leather upholstery and surrounded by luxury.

    The Pininfarina Battista.
    The Pininfarina Battista.

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    The cabin features an interesting mix of exposed carbon fiber and more refined, high-end materials.

    The Pininfarina Battista.
    The Pininfarina Battista.

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    That reflects Pininfarina’s broader vision of the Battista as a vehicle that pairs raw supercar performance with the comfort of a grand tourer.

    The Pininfarina Battista.
    The Pininfarina Battista.

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    All the screens and dials are angled toward the driver, creating a cockpit that feels more like a fighter jet than any car.

    The Pininfarina Battista.
    The Pininfarina Battista.

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    The touchscreen on the left controls the seats, steering wheel, and mirrors.

    The Pininfarina Battista.
    The Pininfarina Battista.

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    The one on the right houses entertainment features and navigation.

    The Pininfarina Battista.
    The Pininfarina Battista.

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    Since the focus is on driving enjoyment, Pininfarina didn’t want to clutter the driver’s field of vision with too much information.

    The Pininfarina Battista.
    The Pininfarina Battista.

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    The tiny display behind the steering wheel only shows basics like speed and remaining range.

    The Pininfarina Battista.
    The Pininfarina Battista.

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    The milled rotary knobs you use to select drive modes and gears are weighty and turn with a satisfying click.

    The Pininfarina Battista.
    The Pininfarina Battista.

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    The “Top Gun” vibes continue when you find an open section of road and floor it.

    The Pininfarina Battista.
    The Pininfarina Battista.

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    Stomping the throttle in Furiosa mode slams you back into your seat instantly with an absurd and frankly terrifying amount of force.

    The Pininfarina Battista.
    The Pininfarina Battista.

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    In the blink of an eye, your surroundings start flying by faster than your brain can process. It’s what I imagine pilots feel like when they launch off of an aircraft carrier.

    The Pininfarina Battista.
    The Pininfarina Battista.

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    You can even see what sort of g-force you’re generating on one of the screens.

    The Pininfarina Battista.
    The Pininfarina Battista.

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    To put some hard numbers to it: The Battista produces an astonishing 1,900 horsepower and 1,725 pound-feet of torque.

    The Pininfarina Battista.
    The Pininfarina Battista.

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    According to Pininfarina, that makes it the most powerful Italian performance car ever.

    The Pininfarina Battista.
    The Pininfarina Battista.

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    It uses four motors, one driving each wheel. Electric cars typically have one or two motors.

    The Pininfarina Battista.
    The Pininfarina Battista.

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    It’ll rocket from a stop to 62 mph in less than two seconds, the company says.

    The Pininfarina Battista.
    The Pininfarina Battista.

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    Top speed is rated at 217 mph.

    The Pininfarina Battista.
    The Pininfarina Battista.

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    The Battista handled beautifully, too. It felt practically stuck to the road and effortlessly carved around corners.

    The Pininfarina Battista.
    The Pininfarina Battista.

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    At high speeds, a spoiler deploys for extra downforce.

    The Pininfarina Battista.
    The Pininfarina Battista.

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    Or you can raise it at the push of a button to impress your friends.

    The Pininfarina Battista.
    The Pininfarina Battista.

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    Power is dialed back considerably in non-Furiosa drive modes, making for a more comfortable driving experience.

    The Pininfarina Battista.
    The Pininfarina Battista.

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    Both the ambient lighting color and the driving sounds pumped into the cabin change depending on the drive mode selected.

    The Pininfarina Battista.
    The Pininfarina Battista.

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    Pininfarina estimates range at a respectable 300 miles. Expect much less if you push the car hard, which is tough to resist.

    The Pininfarina Battista.
    The Pininfarina Battista.

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    And if you’ve already spent all your hard-earned cash on a Battista, fret not: Charging is free for five years at ChargePoint stations.

    The Pininfarina Battista.
    The Pininfarina Battista.

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