You cannot deny, however, that there is going to be a noticeable difference in acceleration between a 3640 lb car with 143 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque (FFE with 25 lb/hp, 19.73 lb/lb-ft) versus a 3,540 lb car with 200 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque (Bolt with 17.8 lb/hp, 13.38 lb/lb-ft). That nearly 30% decrease in the power to weight ratio easily accounts for most of the difference in the acceleration times.jmueller065 wrote:I'd like to point out that your speed comparison part of your review is slightly incorrect. The reason the Focus is slow isn't that the electric motor isn't that quick, its that the traction control limits the acceleration (e.g. its a software issue, not a hardware issue). If you give the Focus a slight rolling start (like 5+ mph) it is darn zippy--almost like you avoid some condition in the software that limits the torque when starting from a stop.
No doubt that the Focus can feel pretty spritely around town, but by comparison, the Bolt feels downright quick and the official acceleration times bear that out. 3.5 seconds difference 0-60 is a pretty dramatic gap. I have no doubts that the 5-60 times would show a similar gap as the Bolt suffers the same problem of traction off the line as the Focus and GM has been equally aggressive with the traction control.