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The Lotus Emeya saloon is brand’s third blisteringly-quick EV

Lotus has announced its third electric car in the form of the Emeya super saloon, rivalling the Porsche Taycan and Tesla Model S

Lotus Emeya front
  • 0-62mph in just 2.8 seconds
  • Sleek saloon bodystyle
  • 893bhp for top-spec model

Lotus has just revealed the Emeya; a sleek, low-slung electric super saloon that will take on rivals such as the Porsche Taycan Turbo S and Tesla Model S Plaid. It’s the third electric vehicle to be produced by the brand, following the Evija hypercar and Eletre performance SUV.

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The first official images reveal a sporty saloon with styling cues inspired by the latest Eletre SUV. It features an aggressive front end made up of thin, angular quad LED headlights and a front bumper shaped almost as if to resemble a scowling grimace.

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Its black side skirts travel diagonally and cut upwards along the flanks of the car, before shooting downwards ahead of the rear wheels, emphasising a more aggressive stance. The Emeya tapers at the rear until abruptly cutting off in a Kammback style, where the single continuous rear light bar sits, bracketed by air intakes.

Lotus has dubbed its extensive use of air vents and intakes worked into the styling as ‘porosity’ – there are reportedly eight different air channels in the Emeya’s body to facilitate cooling of the braking system, motors and battery.

Lotus Emeya rear

Lotus Emeya powertrains and performance

Lotus is yet to release full specs and range figures, but has said the top-of-the-line Emeya will get a 102kWh battery and dual motors providing the car with four-wheel drive. The front motor gets a single-speed gearbox, while the rear motor will get a two-speed transmission rivalling a similar system used in the Porsche Taycan

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Preliminary performance specs for the Emeya include a mammoth 893bhp power figure, a rapid 2.8-second 0-62mph time and a top speed of over 155mph for the top-spec model. An entry-level model will also boast 595bhp and more modest performance figures that are yet to be revealed.

Sophisticated aerodynamic tech will feature on the Emeya, including a 280-millimetre active rear spoiler (100 millimetres wider than that of the Eletre), an active rear splitter keeping the car stable at high speeds, an active front ‘lip’, and a front grille that closes to reduce drag and opens when the battery and motors need cooling.

With Lotus previously famous for lightweight, nimble sports cars, the brand has put lots of work into the chassis to improve the Emeya’s agility. The car will get adaptive air suspension which can read the road ahead up to 1,000 times a second to strike the right balance between comfort and sportiness.

Lotus Emeya interior and tech

Lotus Emeya Interior

The inside of the Lotus Emeya will be a hi-tech affair, with a 55-inch augmented reality head-up display that projects information taken from the environment around the car, such as real-time road information and hazard warnings. It will also get lane departure, forward collision alerts and blind-spot monitoring tech.

Lotus promises extensive use of high-quality materials, such as Nappa Leather and Alcantara, among others. A Dolby Atmos sound system will be available, offering great audio quality for the entertainment system.

Full details are yet to be released, but the Emeya is expected to go on sale sometime in 2024, with pricing and further information on the rest of the model lineup arriving later this year.

Check out our review of the Lotus Eletre SUV here

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Charlie writes and edits news, review and advice articles for Carbuyer, as well as publishing content to its social media platforms. He has also been a regular contributor to its sister titles Auto Express, DrivingElectric and evo. As well as being consumed by everything automotive, Charlie is a speaker of five languages and once lived in Chile, Siberia and the Czech Republic, returning to the UK to write about his life-long passion: cars.

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