2023 Lotus Eletre
Owner: Lotus Hosted by: The Deck
The Eletre is the start of a new dawn for Lotus. Not only is this the first sport utility vehicle from the famed British marque, but it is also the first mainstream production EV to wear the badge.
Although this puts the brand into new territory, it still maintains the founding principles of exotic design, innovative use of lightweight materials and excellent handling.
There are three versions of the Eletre – two using the same 603bhp peak-output motive power, but with distinctly different personalities, one more sporting than the other. Meanwhile, the range-topping R has a system total of 905bhp.
Both powertrains use a 112kWh battery pack that supports DC charging at 420kW. The car’s range is 373 miles (304 for the R), while you can gain up to 248 miles of range in 20 minutes.
Performance is equally impressive, with the R scorching to 62mph in 2.9 seconds. The entry-level versions are not far behind, at 4.4 seconds. The R variant also benefits from a Track mode, which drops the air-adjustable ride height to its lowest position.
Power: 603bhp-903bhp Top speed: c.165mph 0-60mph: 4.4-2.9 seconds