Drako Dragon: Surprisingly Appealing 2000-Horsepower Lifted Gullwing-Door Crossover

 

Look, most gearheads will have an everlasting sentiment to SUVs, crossovers, and EVs (or all of them at once) for indirectly killing off more exciting models, but the Drako Dragon has untapped potential, despite being a combination of all the three aforementioned things.

 

 

Unfamiliar with Drako Motors? It’s a Silicon Valley startup auto manufacturer that emerged in 2019 with the GTE electric sedan, which made 1200 horsepower, and was priced at $1.25 million. As you would expect for that price tag, there’s only 25 of them in the world. The company would then retreat to the shadows for developing the next model.

 

 

That would be this very Dragon. Revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show, it is once again electric, and it boasts more HP than the previous model. We couldn’t really care about strong EV performance numbers, but what pulled us in is its design. Designed by Lowie Vermeersch and his GranStudio team in Italy, the front dips down and has a hollow section; a similar piece to Dodge’s electric Charger concept. The styling is quite deceptive; while it looks like a lifted sportscar in a low angle, the shape changes dramatically to that of a coupe-SUV. Look to the side and back and you can tell it’s a sportback crossover, but the front really makes you want to think it’s a sedan. 

 

 

Electric crossovers and SUVs are regular, even ones with gullwing doors; Tesla’s Model X came up with that first, albeit only its rear doors. The Dragon? Those electrically-operated doors are one-piece, so there’s no complaining about struggling to access the rear seats, which surprisingly has adequate legroom. The mirrors are replaced with cameras, and you’ll be able to see them from a tilted monitor on the inside.

 

 

You might notice the lack of a B-pillar. Structural integrity doesn’t get compromised, thanks to the carbon fiber chassis which Drako claims saves 50% more weight than a regular SUV structure, weighing 2254 kg. There’s three modes that make use of the adjustable suspension to raise or lower the ride height: Tarmac lays at 6.4 inches, Cruise goes up to 8.4 inches, and Overland gets much higher at 12.4 inches. The wheels are 23-inchers, big enough to enter a donk contest, we suppose.

Powertrain

 

 

Each wheel gets an electric motor, so it’s all-wheel-drive. The combined power grants 2000 HP. There’s no numbers for the torque yet, but we have some of the manufacturer’s nonsensical claims: its top speed is over 320 km/h, it can do the quarter mile in 9 seconds and 0-60 MPH takes 1.9 seconds; the exact same 0-60 sprint time from Tesla’s yet-to-be-built Roadster. On 23-inch wheels. Sure.

Interior

 

 

It seats four with plenty of things to spoil everyone; namely the giant 17.1-inch infotainment screen that controls everything on the front, a digital speedometer, monitors that serve as mirrors, and two large screens mounted on the back as well. It will utilize Drako’s very own DriveOS NanoControl system, which relies on a multicore ECU.

 

 

But everyone wants to know the price. It’ll be a hefty $290,000, and it’s a production vehicle, so there’s no need to camp in their headquarters to take orders. 5000 units a year will be the target for production, and the marque hopes for it to be a hit. Well, it better be.

 

 

So it’s another EV SUV boasting numbers. Big deal. But there’s more to that; what we meant as untapped potential is how close they were to making a likable lifted EV. Images that were selected for its previews were always shown in angles that make it look like a sportscar with high ground clearance. Guess who else are doing that?

 

 

But it just had to be a coupe-SUV. We’ll give it credit for being somewhat cooler than any other similar models out there; it’s just a huge missed opportunity that it couldn’t have much more of a sloped roof and a smaller back. What it is now will supposedly cost the Dragon more hearts that it could’ve won, even if we loved it only for the looks.

 

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p dir=”ltr”>(Images sourced from Drako Motors and Porsche)

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