DESIGN Freed from the need to accommodate an internal combustion engine, Lotus’ design team was liberated to create a futuristic cab-forward design with a spacious cabin and long wheelbase. There’s a strong hint of sports coupé in the sweeping profile and clean, smooth lines. Emeya is based on Lotus’s new Electric Premium Architecture, with a skateboard layout that puts the 102kW/h battery at floor level, giving it a low centre of mass of just 442mm. Shared design attributes with its taller SUV stablemate the Eletre include an active aero front grille that can open and close multiple diamond-shaped apertures to admit cooling air. Deployable spoilers at the rear add downforce at speed while leaving the athletic form uncluttered.
PERFORMANCE The Emeya R performance flagship features dual permanent magnet electric motors powering all four wheels via a two-speed transmission. It develops an astonishing 905hp with up to 985Nm of instant torque. An acceleration time for 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in less than 2.8 seconds makes it one of the most powerful four-door GTs in the world. Emeya and Emeya S models have a single-speed transmission, a power output of 603hp, 0-62mph time of 4.15s and a maximum range of around 379 miles. Lotus’ celebrated chassis expertise is reflected in an electronically controlled air suspension system that ‘feels’ the road 1,000 times a second and adjusts the damping in 1/500th second. Lotus ICC intelligent torque distribution adjusts the amount of power fed to each individual wheel, and there’s a choice of driving modes to fine tune the car’s dynamics to the situation, from mileage maximising Range to performance focused Sport. Using a 350kW DC fast charger, the Emeya can add 93 miles of range in five minutes or boost the 102kW/h battery from 10-80 per cent inside 18 minutes.
TECHNOLOGY The Emeya’s cabin is crafted using the highest quality sustainable materials, including a new luxury thread made from repurposed fibres from the fashion industry. Features include integrated road noise cancellation, the better to enjoy the high-end KEF Dolby Atmos 3D surround sound system. A slimline 15.1-inch OLED touchscreen includes EV Routing, EV Range Assistant and Predictive Routing navigation, and there are separate additional digital displays for the driver and front seat passenger. 5G connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included, as well as keyless start, matrix LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, visual park assist, four-zone climate control and 12-way electrically adjustable front seats.
SAFETY The Emeya comes as standard with an industry-leading 55-inch projected augmented reality head-up display. This combines real-time road information with sat-nav and driver assistance data, displaying obstacle warnings, lane departure, forward collision alerts and blind-spot monitoring. The optional Highway Assist pack uses an advanced five-fold perception system to analyse the environment, supporting the navigation of obstacles and responding to potential hazards.