The difficulty with constructing your model round a strict set of values is there’ll inevitably come a time the place you’ll have to compromise on these ideas. Take Lotus, for instance – the corporate that constructed the featherweight Seven and Elise, constructed round Colin Chapman’s maxim of “simplify and add lightness,” and so forth.
Now underneath the possession of Geely, Hethel has now deemed that, after 76 years of constructing solely sports activities vehicles, it’s essential to constructed an infinite two-and-a-half-tonne electrical SUV to outlive. Purists could balk on the thought, however the reality is that patrons are naturally gravitating in the direction of these vehicles, for higher or worse. And there’s no disgrace in making them – simply ask Ferrari and Aston Martin.
The truth is, the truth that a Lotus will be talked about in the identical breath because the Purosangue and the DBX is proof the brand new Eletre is so vital for the revitalised model. Launched in Malaysia final April, the automobile is definitely highly effective sufficient to compete, out there with as much as 905 hp and 985 Nm of torque within the Eletre R.
This isn’t that automobile, nonetheless – the one we examined was the Eletre S, and regardless of carrying an additional letter, it’s no extra highly effective than the bottom automobile, its twin motors churning out a still-impressive 605 hp and 710 Nm. That’s sufficient for it to get from zero to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds on its strategy to a high velocity of 258 km/h.
The much less gutsy motors additionally allow the S to extract extra vary – a spherical 600 km on the WLTP cycle, in reality – from its 112 kWh battery. Due to an 800-volt structure, the Eletre can help as much as 350 kW of DC quick charging, topping up the battery from 10 to 80% in 20 minutes.
The Eletre is a far cry from Lotuses (Lotii?) of the previous, with a natural, “porous” design impressed by the Evija electrical hypercar, in addition to a glossy, minimalist cabin that’s dominated by a large 15.1-inch OLED touchscreen (which, by the best way, folds flat when not in use). You get a five-seater format as normal, however you can too spec an opulent four-seater cabin (not proven right here) with an eight-inch centre touchscreen.
The S badge denotes the next stage of normal package in comparison with the bottom Eletre, together with an energetic rear spoiler, 22-inch alloy wheels, soft-close doorways and a 23-speaker, 2,160-watt KEF Reference Audio sound system. It additionally comes with a full suite of superior driver help techniques and a battery of retractable lidar sensors claimed to allow Stage 4 autonomous driving by way of a future software program replace.
All this doesn’t come low cost in fact – the Eletre S retails at RM698,000 on-the-road with out insurance coverage, and that doesn’t embody a few of the dear choices. How is it prefer to drive? Watch Hafriz’s assessment within the video under to seek out out.
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