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Lotus Eletre

Lotus Eletre hyper-SUV open for orders

The electric Lotus Eletre – described as a ‘hyper-SUV’, presumably because it can accelerate from 0-62 mph in under three seconds – is one of the most eagerly-awaited electric cars of 2023, and it can now be ordered in the UK, with prices from £89,500. The first customer deliveries have already started in China in March.

The Eletre has a 112 kWh lithium-ion battery pack which delivers an electric driving range of up to 373 miles. Its 800-volt system can ultra-rapid charge at up to 350 kW, translating to a 10% to 80% charge taking just 20 minutes, or 74 miles of range can be added in just five minutes. All models feature a 22kW on-board AC charger as standard.

Three different versions of the car are available – Eletre, Eletre S and Eletre R – with the choice of two powertrains.

With 603 hp and 710 Nm of instant torque, the Eletre and Eletre S can accelerate from 0-62 mph in only 4.5 seconds and go on to a maximum speed of 160mph. Both can achieve a WLTP Combined range of up to 373 miles. 

With 905 hp and 985 Nm, the Eletre R takes just 2.95 seconds to accelerate from 0-62 mph and can reach 165 mph. The WLTP Combined range is 304 miles.

The Eletre features two electric motors, giving all-wheel drive, and active air suspension, which can lower the car by up to 25mm or raise it by 25mm. With a kerb weight from 2,490 kg, it can tow up to 2,250 kg. An additional 90 kg can be carried on the roof bars, and there’s a 688-litre boot (for the five-seat version) (or 1,532 litres with the rear seats folded) and a 46-litre front luggage compartment.

Active rear-wheel-steering system technology is offered, together with Intelligent Active Roll Control (IARC), as part of the Lotus Dynamic Handling Pack that’s fitted as standard to the Eletre R and optional on Eletre and Eletre S. 

There are four standard Drive Modes which can be selected through the central touchscreen or using the shift paddles behind the steering wheel: Tour Mode, Range Mode, Sport Mode and Off-Road Mode. There’s also Individual Mode, which allows the driver to choose specific settings for powertrain, suspension and steering. The Eletre R also has Track Mode.

The Eletre’s standard specification includes active air suspension, continuous damping control, torque vectoring, Lotus Intelligent Dynamic Chassis Control, 22-inch 10-spoke forged wheels in silver with a diamond-turned finish (20-inch five-spoke in European markets), Matrix LED headlights, Adaptive Cruise Control, Visual Park Assist, four-zone climate control, 12-way electric-adjust front seats, head-up display, wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto, and a 1,380W 15-speaker KEF Premium Audio system.

The Eletre S includes additional features such as soft door close, privacy glass, active rear spoiler, configurable ambient lighting, illuminated side sills, air quality system, 2,160-watt 23-speaker KEF Reference Audio system, and 22-inch 10-spoke forged wheels in grey with a diamond-turned finish.

The flagship Eletre R features the Lotus Dynamic Handling Pack (comprising Intelligent Active Roll Control and Active Rear Steering), Carbon Pack, Pirelli P Zero performance tyres, and a gloss black finish for the wheels. There’s also a sixth Drive Mode: Track.

Eletre customers have the opportunity to tailor their vehicle to their requirements using option packs. These include the Executive Seat Pack, Comfort Seat Pack, Extended Carbon Fibre Pack, Interior Carbon Fibre Pack, Parking Pack and a Highway Assist Pack. Standard on the Eletre R, the Lotus Dynamic Handling Pack and Carbon Packs are also available for the Eletre and Eletre S. A Ceramic Brake Pack is offered on the Eletre R (and Eletre S in European markets).

Available to order now, the Eletre is priced from £89,500; the Eletre S is from £104,500; and the Eletre R is priced from £120,000.