Let’s hope Lotus puts this into production one day.
Last week, Lotus shocked the auto industry with the reveal of the Evija electric hypercar. It's the first new model Lotus has launched since the Evora in 2008 and also the first model since Geely took over the company, so it has a lot to live up to. And it's safe to say it exceeded everyone's expectations.
The Evija holds the title of the most powerful production car in the world, thanks to two electric motors producing a combined output of 1,972 horsepower and 1,253 lb-ft of torque, making it even more powerful than the Rimac C_Two and Pininfarina Battista hypercars.
This setup enables the Evija to sprint from 0-62 mph in under three seconds and hit a top speed of over 200 mph. 62 mph-124 mph takes less than three seconds and 124 mph-186 mph takes less than four seconds. Amazingly, the Evija has more power at each wheel than the total power of any other Lotus road car ever produced. In every sense, the Evija is an extraordinary hypercar, from its performance to its striking looks.
Production of the Evija will start in 2020. After that, a new combustion-powered sports car will debut next year and go on sale in 2021, while every new model after that will also have a fully electric version. Question is, will there be any other variants of the Evora? Lotus is only planning to build 130 examples of the Evija to maintain its exclusivity, but we wouldn't rule out a convertible version arriving at a later date in the same vein as Ferrari's Aperta, McLaren's Spider, and Aston Martin's Volante models.
Unsurprisingly, it hasn't taken long for a render artist to design a hypothetical Lotus Evija Roadster, and it arguably looks even better than the coupe version. Designed by Aksyonov Nikita, the render depicts the roofless Evija with a new stylish gold finish and contrasting black accents.
The artist didn't stop there though. So far, we've only seen the Evija in silver, but Nikita has shown what the Evija could look like in red, white, and naked carbon with colored accents, which looks very striking. If it ever does go into production, the roofless Lotus Evija would surely be one of the fastest roadsters ever made.