In a recent confirmation, Lotus has unveiled the name of its highly anticipated four-door electric hyper-GT as the “Emeya.” This nomenclature aligns seamlessly with Lotus's established tradition of commencing their vehicle names with the letter ‘E.' The British automaker has offered a sneak peek into the Emeya's design cues through a teaser video, although much of the car remains veiled in shadow. The official debut of the Emeya is scheduled for an event in New York on September 7.
Marking Lotus's return to the sedan market, following its prior collaboration with Opel and Vauxhall yielding the Omega-based Lotus Carlton, the Emeya positions itself to rival renowned electric sedan contenders like the Porsche Taycan, Mercedes EQE, and Tesla Model S. Although comprehensive details regarding the Emeya remain undisclosed, industry speculation indicates that the sedan might heavily draw inspiration from its crossover counterpart, the Eletre, particularly in terms of hardware components.
The base model of the Eletre electric SUV boasts a robust 112 kWh battery pack, offering a substantial range of up to 373 miles (600 km) on the WLTP cycle. This power source propels a dual-motor all-wheel drive system, generating an impressive 603 hp (450 kW / 612 PS) and 524 lb-ft (710 Nm) of torque, achieving a commendable 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) acceleration in 4.5 seconds.
Enthusiasts can also anticipate a higher-performance variant of the Emeya, possibly wielding up to 905 hp (675 kW / 918 PS) and 726 lb-ft (985 Nm) of torque. Drawing parallels to the Eletre R's powertrain, this variant attains a remarkable 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) speed in just 2.95 seconds, albeit with a slightly reduced range of 304 miles (490 km).
Under the shroud of secrecy, spy photos hint at the Emeya's streamlined and aerodynamic design, promising efficient air penetration. Notably, the sedan may embrace slim cameras in lieu of conventional mirrors, potentially enhancing its aerodynamic performance further.
While interior details remain largely undisclosed, speculations point towards a design language akin to the Eletre SUV. However, intriguing rumors surrounding an infotainment system featuring expansive screens stretching across the dashboard from end to end hint at potential updates.
As the automotive world eagerly awaits, all mysteries surrounding the Emeya EV will unravel on September 7. Sales projections indicate a prospective market entry in 2024, signifying a new era for Lotus as it prepares to take the electric sedan market by storm.