Electrical automobiles have an issue, one which’s unrelated to charging or vary or the setting: They’re simply too dang heavy. For Lotus, conventional purveyor of light-weight, nimble monitor automobiles, this presents an actual battle. How do you keep on with “simplify and add lightness” within the electrical age?
Because it seems, you don’t. You pivot to “luxurious efficiency,” increase your lineup to incorporate a hypercar and a crossover, and drown out the cries of the fifteen Elise house owners who care with all that candy, candy lifestyle-buyer money. Then, to bolster that efficiency pedigree, you cram 905 horsepower right into a four-door grand tourer, and name it the Emeya. Simplicity and lightness are lifeless, lengthy dwell velocity.
The Emeya is Lotus’s newest salvo within the EV velocity wars. The corporate claims the tourer could have 905 horsepower, 726 lb-ft of torque, and a zero-to-60 time of two.78 seconds when it begins rolling off the meeting line subsequent 12 months. Lotus didn’t specify a spread determine, solely that the Emeya needs to be “broadly much like that of the Eletre.”
For that famed Lotus dealing with, the Emeya options pc managed air experience suspension, which is pressed to the bottom by energetic aero within the automobile’s physique. Lotus hopes that this suspension, paired with the dual-motor AWD drivetrain and “race-grade braking system,” will make the Emeya a real driver’s automobile.
Inside, the Emeya is replete with luxurious appointments. Alcantara, Nappa leather-based, aluminum — all the standard high-dollar accoutrements are right here and accounted for. Lotus claims the automobile’s inside is “an area with many luxurious supplies and tactile surfaces,” which simply means “a spot the place the issues are good to the touch.” What extra are you able to ask for in a automobile, actually?
The Emeya does boast a sound system that’s a league above the remaining. Lotus claims the automobile’s stereo will assist Dolby Atmos for full 3D sound — not simply across the passengers, however above and beneath them as nicely. A superb Atmos system is completely price listening to, and can seemingly make the Emeya an ideal place to sit down for these large grand excursions.
Lotus hasn’t introduced pricing for the Emeya, however the firm expects the tourer to go on sale someday subsequent 12 months. The times of the uncompromising, ultralight monitor automobile are lifeless — now’s the time of zero-to-60 racing four-doors.