Lotus wants to make its future Type 133 a rival of the Porsche Taycan. The electric sedan will develop more than 900 horsepower and the firm’s CEO wants to make it a benchmark.
In addition to the electric SUV Eletre, which is already a reality in Europe, Lotus is preparing the continuation of its revolution. The manufacturer with the mythical name is preparing three other electric cars between 2023 and 2025. Among them, we will find a sports ‘zero emission’, and the promising electric SUV Type 134.
But this year, the firm will present an electric sedan that we currently know as the Type 133. Mike Johnstone, the commercial director of Lotus, revealed some secrets about the model. Asked about the desire to compete with the reference that is the Porsche Taycan, he did not deny this objective.
“As far as performance goes, we will be in a good position”assures Johnstone to Autocar. “It will be, both in terms of handling and 0-100km/h speed. When it comes to charging, the platform will be the same as the Eletre. »
“This will allow him to go from 10% to 80% in less than 20 minutes. We’ve taken a number of key elements from the Eletre, which will give us a good point of differentiation. »
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No break (yet) on the program
This sports sedan will develop more than 900 horsepower and therefore promises to be a benchmark. On the other hand, Lotus does not yet plan a station wagon version, as Porsche did with the Taycan Sport Turismo.
Johnstone explains that he prefers to release the basic version of the Type 133 first. He also confirmed that the official name of this one would start with an ‘E’, like the other Lotuses. But to consider a break version, it will be necessary to wait to see the success of the sedan.
“Consumer tastes are changing and new market segments are emerging. New technologies are coming into play, which means we could do things differently. We are always on the lookout for new opportunities to ensure we can maximize the return on any investment we make. »
In reality, Lotus does not consider any other model than those already provided for in its electrification plan. The brand has already marketed the Evija hypercar, the Emira thermal coupe and the Eletre electric SUV. For the moment, it only provides for the Type 133, Type 134 and Type 135 in addition.
“At the moment, the production plan consists of the three current cars and the three cars to come. We have to be dynamic with this plan. We constantly seek to maximize market potential. »
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