The Lotus Emeya: A New 4-Door Electric Supercar

Cars, Features I By Justin Cornelison I September 08, 2023
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There’s a new 4-door electric supercar; meet the Lotus Emeya. This four-door sedan marks a significant milestone for the iconic British car manufacturer, as it is the first four-door Lotus sedan since the legendary Carlton. But there’s a twist – the Emeya is an all-electric powerhouse that takes inspiration from the Eletre SUV, offering a blend of luxury, technology, and blistering performance.

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Embracing the Eletre Aesthetic

If you’re familiar with the Eletre SUV, you’ll notice that the Emeya shares its aesthetic cues. The front end features a distinctive twin-headlight treatment and a fang-like front grille that gives it a striking appearance. This design element sweeps back over the four-door silhouette, culminating in a single-line brake-light treatment. Imagine the Eletre after a makeover, and you’ll get the Emeya.

Power and Performance

Like its electric SUV sibling and the Porsche Taycan, the Lotus Emeya packs an impressive punch in terms of power and technology. Under its sleek exterior, it houses a pair of electric motors—one single-speed unit at the front and a dual-speed unit at the rear—delivering full-time all-wheel drive. These motors are powered by a 102kWh battery capable of accepting a 350kW DC charger, allowing you to add 93 miles of range in just five minutes. The Emeya also features a two-speed gearbox and “race-grade” brakes.

Lotus claims that the Emeya boasts a staggering 892 horsepower, 726 lb-ft of torque, can sprint from 0 to 62 mph in a mere 2.78 seconds, and reach a top speed of 159 mph. While it may not quite match the infamous 176 mph of the Lotus Carlton, it’s undoubtedly fast enough for the real world.

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Tech for the Real World

What sets the Emeya apart is its ability to adapt to the real world rapidly. The adaptive air suspension is capable of reading the road a mind-boggling “1,000 times a second,” continuously adjusting the dampers to provide a confident and comfortable driving experience.

The car’s stability is enhanced through clever aerodynamics. An active front grille reduces drag and cools the batteries and brakes. Meanwhile, an active air lip increases high-speed downforce, making the Emeya a truly exciting car to drive with excellent front-end feel. Further aerodynamic wizardry is achieved through an active rear diffuser and a rear spoiler, both designed to optimize airflow over and under the vehicle.

Lotus Emeya interior

Interior Luxury and Technology

Inside the Emeya, you’ll find an interior that exhibits shades of Tesla, featuring a prominent central touchscreen and a high-quality in-car audio system from KEF. The cabin exudes cleanliness and sophistication, with active noise cancellation to drown out the distractions of the real world. Luxury materials such as aluminum, Alcantara, and leather adorn the interior, and Lotus even proudly mentions the use of a new thread repurposed from cotton scraps from the fashion industry.

One standout feature is the 55-inch “projected augmented reality head-up display,” although Lotus doesn’t provide detailed information about it. We can speculate that it’s a high-tech HUD displaying navigation, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), obstacle warnings, lane departure assist, and more.

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A Vision of the Future

In the words of Lotus Group boss Feng Qingfeng, “Bringing together our rich heritage with intelligent performance and the latest cutting-edge technologies, we’re pushing the boundaries for how a luxury electric vehicle should look and handle, making it truly for the drivers.” The Lotus Emeya is a testament to this vision, heralding a new era of luxury electric vehicles that combine stunning design, exceptional performance, and advanced technology to cater to the discerning driver of the future.

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