Lotus unveils $105,000 Eletre electric SUV boasting 905 hp

Lotus has expanded its range of vehicles beyond its renowned lightweight sports cars by introducing a new lineup of more mainstream models. Among their recent additions is an electric SUV named the Eletre, which was globally unveiled in early 2022.

Derived from an Eastern European dialect term that signifies “coming to life,” the Eletre began sales in China in March and is slated for release in the European market this summer. Its introduction in the United States is scheduled for 2024.

In Europe, the starting price for the Eletre is 95,990 euros (approximately $105,000), while pricing details for the U.S. market will be disclosed closer to its local launch.

The Eletre range consists of three variants: the base Eletre, the mid-range Eletre S, and the top-of-the-line Eletre R. The base and S models share a dual-motor all-wheel-drive configuration with a single-speed transmission, providing a peak power of 603 horsepower.

On the other hand, the Eletre R features a 2-speed transmission and delivers an impressive peak power of 905 horsepower. This increased power and gearing enables the R model to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in just 2.95 seconds and reach a top speed of 165 mph. The base and S models offer a 0-62 mph acceleration in 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 160 mph.

In terms of the battery, the Eletre exclusively utilizes a 112-kWh unit. Lotus claims that with the support of a DC fast charger offering 350-kW charging, the battery can be charged from 10% to 80% in a mere 20 minutes. The base and S grades are estimated to achieve a maximum range of 373 miles, while the R model is expected to cover 304 miles, as calculated using the commonly used WLTP test cycle.

Constructed on the Electric Premium Architecture, a modular electric vehicle platform, the Eletre boasts a length of 200.9 inches, exceeding the dimensions of a Range Rover and rivaling the size of certain full-size luxury sedans. Weighing 5,490 pounds in its lightest version, the Eletre’s weight is akin to that of a Tesla Model X, thanks to Lotus’ implementation of a multi-material strategy to optimize the vehicle’s body construction and minimize overall weight.

The Eletre boasts an array of notable standard features, including active air suspension, torque vectoring, matrix LED headlights, 22-inch wheels, and wireless charging for mobile devices. Inside, it offers 12-way power-adjustable front seats, a 12.6-inch digital instrument cluster, and a 15.1-inch infotainment screen featuring Lotus Hyper OS.

Additionally, it comes equipped with a 15-speaker KEF audio system, with an option to upgrade to 23 speakers for enhanced Dolby Atmos surround sound. While the standard configuration includes five seats, a four-seat option is available, and an optional augmented reality head-up display can be added.

Opting for the Eletre R not only provides more power but also incorporates active anti-roll bars, rear-wheel steering, carbon-fiber components, and performance-oriented Pirelli P Zero tires. It introduces a Track mode to the Eletre’s standard drive mode selector, alongside existing Tour, Range, Sport, Off-Road, and Individual modes.

Activating the Track mode lowers the ride height, enhances powertrain responsiveness, and increases the threshold for the electronic stability control system’s intervention.

Equipped with a comprehensive array of sensors for its active safety systems, the Eletre by Lotus incorporates four lidar units. Lotus envisions that, once technology and market regulations align, these sensors will facilitate the realization of self-driving capabilities.

In fact, the automaker is actively engaged in developing a self-driving mode tailored specifically for renowned racetracks like Germany’s Nürburgring.

This innovative feature aims to offer novice drivers the exhilarating experience of completing a lap guided by a professional racer’s expertise. Notably, the production of the Eletre takes place at Lotus Technology, the brand’s dedicated EV division, located in Wuhan, China.

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