Not Detroit-Built Detroit Electric SP:01 Is Supposedly Not A Tesla Roadster With A Hardtop

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Hasn't there already been a Lotus-based EV sports car? Yep.

Detroit Electric already premiered its first model, the SP:01, some time ago but now the final production version is ready. Set to go on sale in Asia, Europe, and North America next year, the carbon fiber-bodied, two-seater SP:01 is powered by a 210 kW electric motor that produces 285 hp mated to a manual gearbox. A single-speed and twin-speed automatic is optional. The company claims a 0-60 mph time of 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph. And no, your eyes aren't fooling you.

The SP:01 is based off the Lotus Elise, just like the Tesla Roadster. However, Detroit Electric, which isn't even based in Detroit (more on that shortly), promised the SP:01 would be good to go in 2014. Clearly it wasn't. 2016 is the new date. Since its initial debut at the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show, we can see there have been a few exterior improvements, mainly in regards to aerodynamics. The rear end is now a fastback design and there's also a new rear spoiler and diffuser. Detroit Electric claims buyers will have a variety of exterior styling options and paint choices. Inside, it looks like an Elise with an 8.4-inch, Tesla-inspired touchscreen. Pricing will start at around $135K.

It's actually not a bad looking pure EV, but the name of the company is somewhat misleading. The SP:01 won't be built in Detroit, but in the UK. The company is run out of the Fisher Building in Detroit and it also has a new European headquarters in the Netherlands. One day it hopes to build cars in Detroit.

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