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Why the Lotus Eletre Is Uniquely Innovative

Were Lotus engineers thinking clearly when they designed the new Eletre?

The Lotus Eletre is probably the most un-Lotus ever, with a massive curb weight, lots of digital screens, and SUV body style. It does, however, offer the performance you’d expect from a Lotus, but there are some interesting quirks to it. From its aerodynamic features to some interesting design queues, and for better or worse, this is the Lotus Eletre.

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The front end has been criticized as looking like a next-gen Lamborghini Urus
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Mainly because of these thin headlights and the layout of the fascia
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Aerodynamic design means it slices through the air
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The wheels have carbon inserts for better aerodynamics
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Sideview cameras are way more aerodynamic than mirrors.
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The rear spoiler is unique in that there’s a huge split in the middle
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That design is even mimicked by the pads on the top of the dash inside
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Other interior quirks include the rear passenger display, the exposed speakers and the perforated seatbacks.
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It’s also the most digital lotus ever, including the sideview cameras in the door trim, the infotainment display, sleek instrument cluster and passenger display.
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Analog controls are limited to the steering wheel and the hub on the center console
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Specs: 800V architecture, 100+ kWh battery, 600HP, 0-62 mph in less than three seconds, 373 miles of range
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350kW charging supported with up to 248 miles of charge in 20 minutes
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Pricing is expected to start at $100,000
Philippe Daix
Philippe Daix
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