The symbol of the revival of the British firm reveals some of its secrets. And jealously guards others.
That Lotus, cantor of lightness and manufacturer of sports whose roots go back to competition, is preparing to market a 100% electric SUV may leave one wondering. But there is more confusing still.
By specifying that its Eletre is equipped from the outset with a Lidar, which allows it to scan its immediate environment with precision, the British brand affirms that it is working hard so that in the medium term, he is able to complete a lap of the Nürburgring… completely independently. Ah, the inimitable British humor!
While waiting to find any interest in going to one of the most exciting tracks on the planet, to finally let your car drive there alone, there is always time to put aside in order to afford this Lotus more than unprecedented. In France, the offer starts at €96,890.
In exchange for this sum, the Eletre, perched on its standard 20” rims, but which can reach up to 23” in diameter, accumulates 603 hp and 710 Nm, in gear with a single-speed transmission.
Then the price jumps to €122,090 for the S version. Has an already rich endowment of a head-up display, 4-zone auto air conditioning, electric seats adjustable in all directions or even a 15.1” high-definition OLED multimedia interface acting as a central console, add a 2,160 W KEF audio system and 23 speakers, power door closing and an active rear spoiler, among others.
No modification of the mechanics is however to report. For this Lotus to turn into a more powerful integral of 905 hp and 985 Nm, and add a second gear to its transmission for the occasion, you have to opt for the Eletre R displayed at €152,090.
Officially, the 0 to 100 km/h then goes from 4”5 to 2”95, thanks to a procedure of launch controland the top speed from 258 to 265 km/h. The pneumatically controlled damping and the active roll control have been revised accordingly to give the chassis an even sportier orientation, while the ground clearance is also reduced.
But regardless of the engine chosen, the capacity of the battery remains the same. Its 112 kWh guarantee a range of between 490 km for the Eletre R and 600 km for the two less powerful versions. according to the WLTP cycle. A radius of action that will probably have to be reduced in reality.
Because even more interesting than the information communicated by the British manufacturer passed under Chinese control in 2017, there are those which it jealously keeps secret. In particular the weight of this machine of more than 5.10 meters long and 2 meters wide.
Long at odds with the rest of world production, Lotus does not seem to fully assume its participation in the overbidding ambient weight. Which can be understood.
Seen from the nose and using the best unit of measurement there is, the Eletre, whose passenger compartment has a choice of four or five seats, weighs at least 3.5 Elise MK 1. Hoping to be wrong. All the same, from where he observes this, not sure that Colin Chapman recovers from it.
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