• Emeya is the new electric grand tourer (GT) from Lotus, designed for the drivers. It brings together the company’s rich history, with sports car levels of performance and latest technologies.
  • Emeya is one of the fastest electric GTs in the world, with acceleration of 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in under 2.8 seconds.
  • Production is slated to begin in 2024. Emeya will join as a flagship model in the Lotus line-up of luxury performance electric vehicles.
  • Lotus launched Studio Emeya, a three-day immersive experience in New York City to showcase the new flagship car. It will be open to the public on Saturday 9 September.
  • Experience Emeya at https://youtu.be/Tq4l40KI_bg. Featuring an original soundtrack from Burial, with spoken word from James Massiah.

 

LOTUS UNVEILS EMEYA, ITS FIRST HYPER-GT

Lotus has unveiled Emeya, the company’s first four-door hyper-GT. “Bringing together our rich heritage with intelligent performance and the latest cutting-edge technologies, we’re pushing the boundaries for how a luxury electric vehicle should look and handle– making it truly for the drivers,” said Feng Qingfeng, CEO, Lotus Group.

Emeya is setting a new benchmark for how a Lotus drives and feels by combining the company’s 75-year expertise in engineering and design, with the latest advanced innovations – bringing drivers an electric car that is exciting to drive and performs exceptionally.

 

This includes advanced and active aerodynamic features such as the pioneering active front grille, rear diffuser and rear spoiler. All this, combined with a low centre of gravity that Lotus calls ‘hyperstance’, enhances stability when driving, and sets a new standard in the GT segment for ride and handling excellence.

Emeya has an electronically controlled air suspension system. Its advanced onboard sensors feel the road 1,000 times a second and automatically adjust the vehicle to ensure the smoothest ride. 

The top specification model for Emeya features Lotus’ high-power dual motor set-up that delivers a top speed of more than 155mph (250km/h) and can accelerate from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in under 2.8 seconds, making it one of the fastest electric GTs in the world.

To provide customers with confidence wherever they’re travelling, the performance of Emeya is complemented by Lotus’ market-leading charging capabilities. It can add 93 miles (150km) of range with approximately five minutes of charge using a 350kW DC fast charger, as well as boost range up to 80% within 18 minutes.

Emeya has been consciously designed with advanced sustainable materials that are also sustainably sourced, to reduce its carbon footprint. This includes a new luxury thread made from repurposed fibres from the fashion industry – as well as PVD aluminium, Alcantara, Nappa leather, and Ultrafabrics PU.

Ensuring that every occupant can enjoy an unrivalled music experience, the Emeya will offer a truly immersive audio system developed with KEF. Emeya’s speaker system will elevate music listening to new levels. It features KEF’s award-winning Uni-Q® speaker design and Uni-Core space-saving subwoofer enclosure, as well as Dolby Atmos-enabled 3D surround sound – first seen in a Lotus on the Eletre Hyper-SUV.

“This is a Lotus like you have never seen before. We’ve built on everything Lotus has achieved so far to create a luxury performance car for the drivers, designed to inspire confidence, exhilarate with raw emotion and pure joy – connecting them to the road,” said Ben Payne, Vice-President of Design, Lotus Group.

Emeya brings together emotion and logic, power, and precision, and connects the strength of Lotus sports car DNA with four-door luxury and comfort. The name Emeya was chosen to embody the ambition and commitment which Lotus has for this new vehicle.

Emeya joins as a flagship model in Lotus’ line-up of luxury lifestyle electric vehicles, part of the company’s vision to become a global performance brand by 2028. Production is expected to begin in 2024.

The global premiere of the car took place in the heart of New York City, USA, as part of a three-day immersive brand experience showcasing the past, present and future of Lotus at Studio Emeya.

The activation took over four storeys of a parking lot in Manhattan, inviting attendees on Lotus’ journey and showcasing its rich heritage and experience. The event gave guests an exclusive look at how Emeya was created, and the emotion evoked by driving, before it culminated with an immersive reveal of the car and a rooftop party that saw DJ and radio presenter Benji B entertain crowds as they got up close and personal with Emeya.

Further information on Emeya will be released in Q4. Details on market availability and pricing will be announced at a future date.

Lotus Emeya fact sheet

Summary

  • Lotus has unveiled Emeya, the company’s first electric Hyper-GT that combines extraordinary performance, emotional design and luxury GT refinement.

  • Emeya sets a new benchmark for how a Lotus drives and feels by combining the company’s 75-year expertise in engineering and design with the latest advanced innovations – bringing drivers a truly engaging electric car with exceptional performance.
  • Emeya brings together emotion and logic, power and precision, and connects the strength of Lotus sports car DNA with four-door luxury and comfort. The name Emeya was chosen to embody the ambition and commitment which Lotus has for this new vehicle.
  • Emeya joins as the latest model in Lotus’ line-up of luxury lifestyle electric vehicles, part of the company’s vision to become a global performance brand by 2028. Production is expected to begin in 2024.  

 

Confidence inspiring design and engineering 

  • The Emeya features a host of advanced active aerodynamic features which smooth airflow to create class-leading levels of downforce. These features are spiritual successors to the innovative aerodynamics that shot Lotus to success on race circuits around the world. 
  • At the front, Emeya features an active front grille – first seen on the Eletre Hyper-SUV – and an active air dam. The active front grille aids in two ways; reducing drag and increasing the car's efficiency (when closed) and cooling the batteries and braking system (when open). 
  • The active air dam supports increasing downforce at high speeds, improving handling and stability, making Emeya a truly exciting car to drive with great front-end feel. 
  • Further active aerodynamic features at the rear include an active rear diffuser and active rear spoiler. Both these features aid in improving rear stability, enhancing the car's ‘For The Drivers’ handling and stability.  
  • The active rear diffuser has been inspired by motorsport and plays a central role in smoothing airflow beneath the car. This improves the car’s aerodynamic efficiency as well as stability and handling. 
  • The industry leading active dual-layer rear spoiler is 296mm wide, which is more than 100mm wider than it was on the Eletre. It offers a net downforce of more than 215kg. This combined with the active rear diffuser offers Emeya drivers very stable handling at higher speeds. 
  • An electronically controlled air suspension system capable of ‘feeling’ the road 1,000 times a second ensures a more confident and comfortable drive. 
  • Porosity – the way air flows through the car as well as all around it – has become a signature Lotus design feature. Emeya has eight vents which ensure smooth air flow, to optimise aerodynamic efficiency and improve performance and range while also cooling the brakes, motors and batteries. 
  • Emeya range is expected to be broadly similar to that of the Eletre.  
  • The performance of Emeya is complemented by Lotus’ market-leading charging capabilities. When connected to a rapid 350kW DC charger, drivers of Emeya can extend its range by 93 miles (150 km) with just a five-minute charge. Alternatively, Emeya has the capability on an 18-minute charge to boost its range from 10% - 80%.
  • Capable of delivering 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in under 2.8 seconds, Emeya is amongst the most powerful four-door GTs in the world. Where Emeya really excels is in its continued swift acceleration past this benchmark measurement.  
  • Powerful and precise, the advanced two-speed transmission and high-power dual-motor configuration of Emeya works in tandem with the race-grade braking system to deliver a thrilling performance that is truly ‘For The Drivers’. 

 

A sense of celebration for performance drivers 

  • Emeya’s interior is a space with many luxury materials and tactile surfaces, boasting an intelligent driver cockpit and intuitive infotainment system. 
  • Entertainment is centered around the critically acclaimed in-car audio system from world-renowned Lotus partner KEF. 
  • KEF’s award-winning Uni-Q™ speaker design and Uni-Core™ space-saving subwoofer enclosure, plus Dolby Atmos enabled 3D surround sound system – first seen in a Lotus on the Eletre Hyper-SUV – combine to create a truly immersive soundscape. 
  • Integrated road noise cancellation (RNC) ensures the experience is not interrupted by the outside world. Vibration sensors installed on the vehicle body detect motion in the tyres and suspension, with algorithms generating anti-phase acoustic signals through the speakers to counteract any interference. The result is high-fidelity state-of-the-art audio experience. 
  • Lotus is the first vehicle manufacturer in the world to use an advanced new luxury thread that repurposes cotton scraps from the fashion and garment industries. 
  • This offers a new vision of sustainable luxury; the advanced fibre will be utilised in the interior cabin upholstery offering weight-saving features compared to leather while reducing the materials’ carbon-footprint.  
  • Emeya’s interior makes extensive use of such durable luxury materials, in addition to PVD Aluminium, Alcantara, Ultrafabrics PU and Nappa Leather.  

 

Advanced Technology to Connect Driver to Car and Road 

  • Emeya is packed with intelligent and advanced technology features that aid in a safer and assured drive, giving drivers all the necessary tools to maximise the thrills from their Lotus.
  • Performance drivers can quickly access crucial external environment details using the industry leading 55-inch projected augmented reality (AR) head-up display (HUD).  
  • It combines real-time road information with navigation and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) data, displaying turn signals, obstacle warnings, lane departure, forward collision alerts and blind-spot monitoring. 

Lotus Emeya Technical Specification (Target data only)

Powertrain configuration 

Full-time all-wheel drive with Lotus ICC intelligent torque distribution 

Electric motor front / rear 

Permanent magnet / Permanent magnet 

Transmission front / rear 

Single Speed/Dual speed 

Power (kW / hp) 

Up to 675kW/905hp 

Max torque (Nm)  

Up to 985Nm 

Top speed (mph / km/h) 

159mph/256km/h 

0-62 mph / 0-100 km/h (secs) 

2.78 

80-120 km/h (secs) 

< 2.0 

Battery capacity (kWh) 

102 

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Images: 07 September 2023 World Premiere, New York

Images: Emeya

A single line: design origin of the Lotus Emeya hyper-GT