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Lotus Electre R SUV 905-HP

The new Lotus Electre model R SUV d905-HP promises to reach 60 MPH in 2.99 seconds. Keep reading and check out more details about this car!

The world didn't end when porsche launched the original Cayenne in 2002, and we also avoided an apocalypse when the Aston Martin DBX, Lamborghini Urus and Ferrari Purosangue came out. To the dismay of purists, Lotus now has its own SUV.

The Lotus Electre is fashionably late to the high-performance and driving genre, but it's making up for last time with supercar acceleration.

Mat Watson from Carwow had the opportunity to jump behind the wheel of a prototype Lotus Electre. Not just any version of Norfolk's first SUV, but the top of the line R.

It features a dual engine configuration with a combined output of 905c of horsepower (675 kilowatts) and 985 Newton-meters of torque. The journalist wanted to test Lotus' numbers and see if the huge EV is as fast as advertised.

He sprinted from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.06 seconds and reached 100 mph (161 km/h) in 6.33 seconds before completing the quarter mile in 10.82 seconds. It wasn't the best of launches as the way it put power onto the road was a bit distracting as the rear of the vehicle wobbled a bit.

He proved more stable on the subsequent sprint, which cut the 0-60 mph time to 2.99 seconds and the 0-160 mph time to 6.28 seconds, with the quarter mile taking 10.78 seconds.

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The British brand owned by Geely says the Lotus Electre R is even faster by mentioning that it takes 2.95 seconds to reach 100 km/h. That seems plausible, as a production vehicle could very well be faster than this prototype.

It's impressively fast for a vehicle this big, weighing in the region of 2,000 kilograms. This is a massive vehicle, 201 inches long and 2,231 mm (87.8 in), mounted on wheels up to 23 inches.

Hopefully the success of Lotus electret will help Lotus fund sports car development, just as the Cayenne and Macan are helping Porsche invest in the 718 and 911 lines.

Source: Engine1