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Lotus Unveils Emeya, a "Hyper-GT" Sedan To Rival Porsche Taycan, Tesla Model S

Lotus' 3rd EV will reach 62 mph in under 2.8 seconds

Lotus has unveiled Emeya, a 905 hp "Hyper-GT" sedan, claiming it's one of the fastest in the world at just 2.8 seconds to 62 mph.

That's not the only thing that's fast, either. Lotus claims 93 miles of range can be gained in just 5 minutes on a 350kW DC Fast Charger. That's 80% charged in just 18 minutes and would make this one of the fastest charging cars on the market.

Lotus hasn't offered range estimates or pricing yet, but we know production is slated to begin in 2024 and reservations are open on Lotus' website.

The interior appears very similar to Lotus' Eletre SUV, which in our opinion is a great thing. The Eletre's interior is exquisite, with excellent materials, great software and superb fit and finish.

A few more highlights from the Lotus press release include:

  • Range is not announced but expected to be similar to Eletre (which offers 315 miles).
  • Emeya features an adaptive air suspension, monitoring the road surface 1,000x per second.
  • Includes active aero elements in the front air dam, rear diffuser and rear wing - able to adapt as needed for increased downforce and cooling, or increased efficiency.
  • Active dual-layer rear spoiler offers a net downforce of more than 215kg. When combined with the active rear diffuser, Emeya offers exceptional stability at high speed.
  • Dual motors available in the top model.
  • Two-speed transmission and race-grade brakes are offered.
  • 102 kWh battery
  • 55-inch projected augmented reality (AR) head-up display (HUD) that displays real-time road information with navigation and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) data, displaying turn signals, obstacle warnings, lane departure, forward collision alerts and blind-spot monitoring.
  • Use of sustainable materials such as a "luxury thread repurposed from the fashion industry"- as well as PVD aluminium, Alcantara, Nappa leather, and Ultrafabrics PU
  • Immersive audio system by KEF, with Dolby-Atmos-enabled 3D surround sound.

The Eletre SUV spilled a lot of ink about whether Lotus had strayed from the ethos of their founder Colin Chapman, that often parroted phrase, "simplify and add lightness". The Eletre, with its active aero and motorized Lidar sensors and 4-wheel steering, isn't exactly simple. It's also not light, weighing about the same as an Evora and an Elise stacked on top of each other. We recommend putting the Elise on top btw.

But perhaps now with the heaviest Lotus out of the way, we can start to have a different conversation - like how can we make EVs better driver's cars? How can they begin to thrill us beyond just staggering 0-60 times? These are questions that a company like Lotus is uniquely suited to answer. Lotus is a world leader in making cars great to drive. The Emira, their last internal combustion car, is a love letter to steering feel and chassis communication and mechanical grip. Their slogan, "For the drivers" was an unspoken mission statement for decades before it was marketing fodder. What we're trying to say is, the EV industry needs companies like Lotus to care about the extra stuff that makes us feel alive when behind the wheel of a luxury performance automobile. We're glad Lotus is on this case, and we're eager to see how the Emeya adds to the conversation.


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