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Lotus Emeya Hyper-GT

LOTUS EMEYA: FIRST FOUR-DOOR HYPER-GT

  • Lotus reveals pricing for Emeya, the new benchmark in hyper-GT performance and usability
  • Three models available, with prices starting from £94,950 / €106,400

London, UK – 07 March 2024 – Lotus has revealed the UK and EU pricing and further details of its first electric hyper-GT, Emeya. It has also launched the configurator for the car online, for customers to design and personalise their vehicle ahead of placing their order.

The all-new Emeya, which customers in the Europe will receive from Q3 this year, sets a new benchmark in EV performance and usability.

Commenting on Emeya, Feng Qingfeng, CEO, Lotus Group, said: “Electric cars do not have to be boring. We are combining our rich sports car heritage with the latest cutting-edge technologies to redefine what it means to drive an electric vehicle. Emeya seamlessly blends exceptional ride and handling with world-class luxury, performance, comfort, connectivity, and range – bringing drivers the ultimate grand tourer package with the unrivalled driving experience of a true Lotus.”

A new frontier for charging and range
Emeya makes it easier than ever to own an electric vehicle by providing drivers with the confidence to complete long-distance journeys:

  • Lotus has optimised the design layout of the batteries in its vehicles, so that 20% more cells can be packaged in the same space. By doing this, Emeya is able to offer market-leading charging capabilities, boosting range by up to 20%.1
  • When using a 350kW DC fast-charger, Emeya can achieve a 10-80% charge within 18 minutes, with a maximum WLTP range of 610 km (379 miles).2

Sports car levels of dynamic performance
Lotus has incorporated its rich motorsport heritage and industry-leading engineering capabilities throughout Emeya to bring drivers a refined and dynamic EV that is truly exciting to drive. Features include:

  • Innovative, driver-focused suspension design available with all wheel drive, advanced active roll control and rear-wheel steering.
  • Advanced active aerodynamics such as active air dam under the front bumper and an active rear spoiler. These increase downforce and therefore stability in the car when deployed and reduce drag when not deployed.
  • Downforce of 150 kg at 250 km/h, with a low drag coefficient of 0.21 Cd. With this, drivers can tailor the driving experience to their environment. For instance, on a technical mountain road, a customer can engage Sport mode to boost downforce, increase agility and better connect with the road.
  • Power of up to 905 bhp, enabling Emeya to accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in under 2.8 seconds, and making it one of the quickest electric cars in the world.
  • Advanced new high-performance twin-layer battery design’s cooling attributes support even greater repeatability and sustainability of performance, even under extreme driving conditions such as on a circuit, yet also provides greater driving range between charges.
  • Lightweight carbon ceramic brakes reduce weight and braking distance – which contribute to dynamic handling – as well as doubling the lifespan of the components.
  • Up to five driving modes including Range, Tour, Sport, Individual and Track. Drivers can control the ride height, air suspension stiffness, acceleration response, seat configuration (with adjustable side bolsters), and more to optimise efficiency, performance, and comfort in any environment.
  • An electronically controlled air suspension system with advanced onboard sensors respond to changes in road conditions and automatically adjust the vehicle set-up. This ensures the smoothest ride and optimum driving experience for customers.
  • Combined with Emeya’s low driving position, every element of the car is designed to connect drivers to the road and evoke the genuine feeling of being in a true Lotus sports car.

Redefining the luxury experience
Emeya sets a new benchmark for how a luxury car should look and feel by optimising design, technology, comfort, and versatility to deliver the best possible in-car experience for every occupant. Features include:

  • A spacious boot of up to 509 litres, offering everyday usability and making it the ultimate touring companion.
  • Generous legroom for all passengers, ensuring they have the most spacious and comfortable ride.
  • Ambient lighting functions interact with the driver’s experience. For instance, when getting an incoming phone call, elements of the dashboard will pulse to notify the driver of this, and when charging, the ambient lighting on the floating dashboard will change to green.
  • Five massage modes at three different intensity levels, ensuring all occupants have a relaxing ride no matter where they are sat.
  • Power-assisted doors make entering the vehicle seamless for customers. Sensors can also detect obstacles ensuring a door will not open if the vehicle is at risk of damage. In addition, a kick sensor on the tailgate enables customers to easily open the boot, even when their hands are full.
  • Advanced intelligent panoramic glass roof, which drivers can switch between opaque and clear. This allows customers to enjoy a feeling of space whatever the time of day. They also have the option to turn individual sections of the roof opaque, enabling them to block out direct sunlight while keeping the rest of the roof open.

Next-generation connectivity
Lotus Emeya features cutting-edge technologies, which have been designed to provide a seamless experience for the driver, further connecting them to the vehicle. Features include:

  • A state-of-the-art 15.1-inch HD OLED Lotus Hyper OS infotainment system, which features an interactive 3D display of Emeya to access its numerous functions. Powered by Unreal Engine gaming tech, the car is able to respond rapidly in real-time to any changes the driver makes and adjust accordingly. For instance, touching the screen to open the doors will immediately open the doors on the car.
  • Intelligent EV routing, which is capable of learning individual driving patterns, such as departure times, destinations, and routes, to offer every driver a personalised experience.
  • An expansive Augmented Reality head-up display for the driver, meaning they can clearly see important vehicle data without taking their eyes of the road.
  • Over-the-air software updates as required and delivered direct to each Emeya, so Lotus can continue to advance the driver experience by offering new services and upgrades.

Pricing and availability
Emeya is offered in six colours including two new finishes that are now available as exterior options across the entire Lotus electric vehicle range – Boreal Grey and Fireglow Orange. The additional colours include Solar Yellow, Akoya White, Stellar Black and Kaimu Grey.

Emeya is competitively priced in the luxury GT segment, and will be available in three variants:

  • Emeya, the entry point for the range, starting at £94,950 (€106,400).
  • Emeya S, a well-equipped Hyper-GT model, beginning from £107,450 (€126,950).
  • Emeya R, the flagship, which starts at £129,950 (€150,990).

Emeya was launched in China on 18 January and will be arriving with UK and European customers in Q3 2024. Further information on market availability will be released nearer the time.

Compared to a cell-module-pack design. Emeya uses a cell-to-pack (CTP) design.
Vehicle range may vary depending on factors including vehicle specification, prevailing weather conditions, and driving style.

LOTUS UNVEILS EMEYA, ITS FIRST HYPER-GT

  • Emeya is the new electric grand tourer (GT) from Lotus, designed for the drivers. It brings together the company’s rich history, with sports car levels of performance and latest technologies.
  • Emeya is one of the fastest electric GTs in the world, with acceleration of 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in under 2.8 seconds.

Lotus has unveiled Emeya, the company’s first four-door hyper-GT. “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,” said Feng Qingfeng, CEO, Lotus Group.

Emeya is setting a new benchmark for how a Lotus drives and feels by combining the company’s 75-year expertise in engineering and design, with the latest advanced innovations – bringing drivers an electric car that is exciting to drive and performs exceptionally.

This includes advanced and active aerodynamic features such as the pioneering active front grille, rear diffuser and rear spoiler. All this, combined with a low centre of gravity that Lotus calls ‘hyperstance’, enhances stability when driving, and sets a new standard in the GT segment for ride and handling excellence.

Emeya has an electronically controlled air suspension system. Its advanced onboard sensors feel the road 1,000 times a second and automatically adjust the vehicle to ensure the smoothest ride.

The top specification model for Emeya features Lotus’ high-power dual motor set-up that delivers a top speed of more than 155mph (250km/h) and can accelerate from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in under 2.8 seconds, making it one of the fastest electric GTs in the world.

To provide customers with confidence wherever they’re travelling, the performance of Emeya is complemented by Lotus’ market-leading charging capabilities. It can add 93 miles (150km) of range with approximately five minutes of charge using a 350kW DC fast charger, as well as boost range up to 80% within 18 minutes.

Emeya has been consciously designed with advanced sustainable materials that are also sustainably sourced, to reduce its carbon footprint. This includes a new luxury thread made from repurposed fibres from the fashion industry – as well as PVD aluminium, Alcantara, Nappa leather, and Ultrafabrics PU.

Ensuring that every occupant can enjoy an unrivalled music experience, the Emeya will offer a truly immersive audio system developed with KEF. Emeya’s speaker system will elevate music listening to new levels. It features KEF’s award-winning Uni-Q® speaker design and Uni-Core space-saving subwoofer enclosure, as well as Dolby Atmos-enabled 3D surround sound – first seen in a Lotus on the Eletre Hyper-SUV.

“This is a Lotus like you have never seen before. We’ve built on everything Lotus has achieved so far to create a luxury performance car for the drivers, designed to inspire confidence, exhilarate with raw emotion and pure joy – connecting them to the road,” said Ben Payne, Vice-President of Design, Lotus Group.

Emeya brings together emotion and logic, power, and precision, and connects the strength of Lotus sports car DNA with four-door luxury and comfort. The name Emeya was chosen to embody the ambition and commitment which Lotus has for this new vehicle.

Emeya joins as a flagship model in Lotus’ line-up of luxury lifestyle electric vehicles, part of the company’s vision to become a global performance brand by 2028. Production is expected to begin in 2024.

The global premiere of the car took place in the heart of New York City, USA, as part of a three-day immersive brand experience showcasing the past, present and future of Lotus at Studio Emeya.

The activation took over four storeys of a parking lot in Manhattan, inviting attendees on Lotus’ journey and showcasing its rich heritage and experience. The event gave guests an exclusive look at how Emeya was created, and the emotion evoked by driving, before it culminated with an immersive reveal of the car and a rooftop party that saw DJ and radio presenter Benji B entertain crowds as they got up close and personal with Emeya.

LOTUS EMEYA FACT SHEET

Summary

  • Lotus has unveiled Emeya, the company’s first electric Hyper-GT that combines extraordinary performance, emotional design and luxury GT refinement.
  • Emeya sets a new benchmark for how a Lotus drives and feels by combining the company’s 75-year expertise in engineering and design with the latest advanced innovations – bringing drivers a truly engaging electric car with exceptional performance.
  • Emeya brings together emotion and logic, power and precision, and connects the strength of Lotus sports car DNA with four-door luxury and comfort. The name Emeya was chosen to embody the ambition and commitment which Lotus has for this new vehicle.
  • Emeya joins as the latest model in Lotus’ line-up of luxury lifestyle electric vehicles, part of the company’s vision to become a global performance brand by 2028. Production is expected to begin in 2024.

 

Confidence inspiring design and engineering

  • The Emeya features a host of advanced active aerodynamic features which smooth airflow to create class-leading levels of downforce. These features are spiritual successors to the innovative aerodynamics that shot Lotus to success on race circuits around the world.
  • At the front, Emeya features an active front grille – first seen on the Eletre Hyper-SUV – and an active air dam. The active front grille aids in two ways; reducing drag and increasing the car’s efficiency (when closed) and cooling the batteries and braking system (when open).
  • The active air dam supports increasing downforce at high speeds, improving handling and stability, making Emeya a truly exciting car to drive with great front-end feel.
  • Further active aerodynamic features at the rear include an active rear diffuser and active rear spoiler. Both these features aid in improving rear stability, enhancing the car’s ‘For The Drivers’ handling and stability.
  • The active rear diffuser has been inspired by motorsport and plays a central role in smoothing airflow beneath the car. This improves the car’s aerodynamic efficiency as well as stability and handling.
  • The industry leading active dual-layer rear spoiler is 296mm wide, which is more than 100mm wider than it was on the Eletre. It offers a net downforce of more than 215kg. This combined with the active rear diffuser offers Emeya drivers very stable handling at higher speeds.
  • An electronically controlled air suspension system capable of ‘feeling’ the road 1,000 times a second ensures a more confident and comfortable drive.
  • Porosity – the way air flows through the car as well as all around it – has become a signature Lotus design feature. Emeya has eight vents which ensure smooth air flow, to optimise aerodynamic efficiency and improve performance and range while also cooling the brakes, motors and batteries.
  • Emeya range is expected to be broadly similar to that of the Eletre.
  • The performance of Emeya is complemented by Lotus’ market-leading charging capabilities. When connected to a rapid 350kW DC charger, drivers of Emeya can extend its range by 93 miles (150 km) with just a five-minute charge. Alternatively, Emeya has the capability on an 18-minute charge to boost its range from 10% – 80%.
  • Capable of delivering 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in under 2.8 seconds, Emeya is amongst the most powerful four-door GTs in the world. Where Emeya really excels is in its continued swift acceleration past this benchmark measurement.
  • Powerful and precise, the advanced two-speed transmission and high-power dual-motor configuration of Emeya works in tandem with the race-grade braking system to deliver a thrilling performance that is truly ‘For The Drivers’.

 

A sense of celebration for performance drivers

  • Emeya’s interior is a space with many luxury materials and tactile surfaces, boasting an intelligent driver cockpit and intuitive infotainment system.
  • Entertainment is centered around the critically acclaimed in-car audio system from world-renowned Lotus partner KEF.
  • KEF’s award-winning Uni-Q™ speaker design and Uni-Core™ space-saving subwoofer enclosure, plus Dolby Atmos enabled 3D surround sound system – first seen in a Lotus on the Eletre Hyper-SUV – combine to create a truly immersive soundscape.
  • Integrated road noise cancellation (RNC) ensures the experience is not interrupted by the outside world. Vibration sensors installed on the vehicle body detect motion in the tyres and suspension, with algorithms generating anti-phase acoustic signals through the speakers to counteract any interference. The result is high-fidelity state-of-the-art audio experience.
  • Lotus is the first vehicle manufacturer in the world to use an advanced new luxury thread that repurposes cotton scraps from the fashion and garment industries.
  • This offers a new vision of sustainable luxury; the advanced fibre will be utilised in the interior cabin upholstery offering weight-saving features compared to leather while reducing the materials’ carbon-footprint.
  • Emeya’s interior makes extensive use of such durable luxury materials, in addition to PVD Aluminium, Alcantara, Ultrafabrics PU and Nappa Leather.

 

Advanced Technology to Connect Driver to Car and Road

  • Emeya is packed with intelligent and advanced technology features that aid in a safer and assured drive, giving drivers all the necessary tools to maximise the thrills from their Lotus.
  • Performance drivers can quickly access crucial external environment details using the industry leading 55-inch projected augmented reality (AR) head-up display (HUD).
  • It combines real-time road information with navigation and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) data, displaying turn signals, obstacle warnings, lane departure, forward collision alerts and blind-spot monitoring.

LOTUS EMEYA TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Powertrain configuration Full-time all-wheel drive with Lotus ICC intelligent torque distribution
Electric motor front / rear Permanent magnet / Permanent magnet
Transmission front / rear Single Speed/Dual speed
Power (kW / hp) Up to 675kW/905hp
Max torque (Nm) Up to 985Nm
Top speed (mph / km/h) 159mph/256km/h
0-62 mph / 0-100 km/h (secs) 2.78
80-120 km/h (secs) < 2.0
Battery capacity (kWh) 102

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