The Lotus Emeya Is The Latest Electric Hypercar To Join The Sub-Three Second Club
The Emeya can hit 62 mph in just 2.8 seconds, joining the Audi RS E-Tron GT and Porsche Taycan Turbo S in the “under-3 second” club.
Lotus has entered another ride into the super-SUV race, and in keeping with the British marque’s tradition of beginning all model names with the letter “E,” it’s called the Emeya.
The all-electric crossover hatchback may look familiar, as the sleek, chiseled styling, pinwheel rims, and even the bright yellow hue are strikingly similar to its sister vehicle, the larger Lotus Eletre crossover, which debuted in 2022.
Few details have been released on the Emeya so far, but Car and Driver expects that it will share the Eletre’s dual-motor all-wheel drive powertrain options. Entry-level vehicles will get 603-horsepower and 523 pound-feet of torque, while the range-topping Emeya will channel 905 hp and 727 pound-feet of torque through a two-speed transmission.
In that highest-output spec, the Eletre will hit 62 mph in under 2.8 seconds on its way to 159 mph, firmly placing it in the sub-three-second club alongside the Audi RS E-Tron GT (2.9 seconds) and Porsche Taycan Turbo S (2.6 seconds).
Range is expected to clock in at between 260 and 315 miles, depending on the configuration. According to Lotus, it can add 93 miles of range with approximately 18 minutes of charge using a 350kW DC fast charger, as well as boost range up to 80 percent within 18 minutes.
Another early point of interest includes the standard electronically controlled air suspension, which employs onboard sensors that read the road 1,000 times per second and adjust accordingly to maximize smoothness.
As such, Lotus is calling the Emeya a “hyper-GT,” which more than implies stellar performance, a supremely comfortable ride, and a plus interior.
A serious audio system developed by the UK’s KEF promises an “unrivaled” music experience, thanks to a Uni-Q speaker setup, a Uni-CoreTM subwoofer, and Dolby Atmos 3D surround sound. Lotus also coined the term “hyperstance” to describe the Emeya’s low center of gravity, which is supposed to enhance stability.
Production is due to begin in 2024. C&D estimates that the base model will start somewhere in the low six figures and top out at more than $150,000.