Harry Leahey

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Initially presented as a concept at this week’s Paris Motor Show is Ora’s latest model, named the Next Ora Cat. 

The emerging Chinese brand says the concept is very close to the production version, which will have a different name when it goes on sale in the UK next year. 

It is described as a four-door coupe that measures 4,871mm in length, making it 636mm longer than the Funky Cat hatchback. 

Despite its unusual name for now, the firm has serious intentions for when it arrives in showrooms, since it has been designed to rival other competitive electric saloons such as the Tesla Model 3 and Hyundai’s Ioniq 6. 

It is powered by an 83kWh battery that's claimed to provide up to 267 miles - though it’s worth noting that figure has primarily come from Chinese testing conditions for the time being.  

The Next Ora Cat is also said to charge from 0 to 80 percent in 55 minutes via an 80kW DC charger.  

Power comes from two motors which produce a combined output of 402bhp and 680 Nm of torque. Its top speed is 112mph and is said to complete the 0-62mph sprint in 4.3 seconds.

Behind the three-spoke steering wheel is a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, while in the middle is a 12.3-inch infotainment display. As a shift from the touch screen trend, the Next Ora Cat also has physical dials to control the car’s climate control settings. There's also a panoramic sunroof that stretches the full length of the car, and curves with the coupe-look roofline.   

Externally, the car features oval-shaped headlights to the front and rear as well as an active spoiler. 

On-board tech includes 360-degree parking cameras, a UV sterilisation system as well as a facial recognition feature, which scans the driver’s face before granting entry. 

Pricing has not been confirmed yet, but expect it to be priced above the Ora Funky Cat hatchback, which starts from £31,995 in the First Edition guise. 

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Harry Leahey 29/12/22