Lotus Eletre EV: Because Every Manufacturer Needs a (Performance) SUV

 

The new Lotus is an SUV. Yes, it seems every non-defunct manufacturer will inevitably have its own SUV. This time around though, it’s an EV, and the Eletre boasts some notable numbers.

 

 

First off, the Eletre comes in three different trims, the base, S, and R. Dual motors with equal power make up its all wheel drive, and all the trims share the same battery pack. The base and S variants has 602 horsepower and 523 lb-ft of torque, but the performance-focused R throws balance out the window by switching out the rear motor for one with 603 horses. The result? 905 HP and 726 lb-ft, paired to a two-speed gearbox. That allows the R to achieve a 0-62 mph sprint of 2.9 seconds, and a top speed of 265 km/h. The other trims do it in 4.5, with a lower top speed of 257 km/h. The WLTP measurement of range for the Eletre grants 600 kms on 20-inch wheels. Being the performance model, the R clocks in at 489 kms.

 

 

Its handling department features air suspension with adjustable ride height and adaptive dampers, with the R adding an active anti-roll system. Carbon ceramic brakes will supposedly be on the top trim. Inside, passengers are treated to a 15.1-inch infotainment system, powered by twin Qualcomm 8155 chips. There’s also a 15-speaker audio system by KEF. The interior bits are made of environmentally friendly materials which were a product of recycling, and could be recycled a second time. The lidar sensors come as standard, with promise for full autonomous driving as updates are rolled out overtime. The base is priced at $84,500, the S comes in at $98,500, and $113,000 for the R.

 

 

Lotus says that, when it is perfected, the self-driving capabilities will allow for a full lap of the Nürburgring, a racetrack/public highway that has claimed the lives of many cars, and several unfortunate folks. They also claimed the R will be the quickest (dual motor) EV in the world, which we suspect is subject to change, with all the other manufacturers hopping in on the performance EV market. With the rising numbers, it’s just a matter of time till power restrictions hit.

 

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