Lotus doubles down on all-electric future with new Emeya ‘hyper-GT’
Lotus’ first ever four-door is the firm’s answer to the Porsche Taycan Turbo S, and makes 893bhp
Lotus has unveiled its new electric hyper GT, the Emeya - its first foray into the four-door GT segment.
The Emeya is positioned as a rival to the Porsche Taycan Turbo S and the Tesla Model S Plaid, and is scheduled to arrive in showrooms in 2024.
It is powered by a dual-motor powertrain that produces up to 893bhp, giving it a 0-62mph time of less than 2.8 seconds, before reaching its top speed of 155mph. Power is delivered through an all-wheel drive system for increased traction.
The car can support charging speeds of up to 350kW, enabling a 10 to 80 percent recharge in 15 minutes. Lotus says up to 93 miles of range can be provided in just five minutes via a 350kW connection.
Similar to the Lotus Eletre SUV, the Emeya incorporates various active aerodynamic elements to enhance efficiency. One notable feature is the 280mm-wide active rear spoiler. Being 100mm wider than that of the Eletre, it generates over 215kg of downforce. Futher downforce is provided via an active front grille and air 'lip', with the grille closing to reduce drag when needed for battery and brake cooling.
Inside the Emeya boasts an infotainment system that closely resembles that of the Eletre, but it also boasts a 55-inch projected augmented reality head-up display. Lotus states that this display provides essential external environment information. This technology is said to provide visual warnings for obstacles, lane departure, forward collisions and blind-spot monitoring.
Accompanying the head-up display is a KEF stereo system enhanced with Dolby Atmos 3D surround sound technology.
The Emeya also incorporates what Lotus calls 'porosity,' which allows air to flow through specially designed channels to cool the brakes, motors, and battery. This feature is expected to feature in many more of Lotus’ upcoming all-electric models.
The Emeya is the third electric car from Lotus, following the Evija hypercar and the Eletre SUV. It is set to enter production within the coming year, aligning with the company's overarching goal of becoming a luxury all-electric brand by 2030. Pricing is expected to be announced later this year.