Tesla’s New Rival Is Elextra Sports Sedan
This year, the Geneva Motor Show will have several fascinating electric vehicles, including some we would have never seen coming before the first teaser or announcement made. One among that family is the Elextra sports sedan. It is a Swiss-designed, German-built four-door that attempts to marry curvy Italian styling with electric performance fit to put Tesla on notice. However, it is still to be seen whether it will be successful on either account or not.
It seems that we are trapped in a situation where we have to watch startup after startup with claims that their car is the next big thing in electric vehicle design until we come across someone who really manufactures an electric car capable of competing the Tesla Model S’ blend of robust range, sporty performance, good looks and four-door practicality. The list is endless consisting of Faraday Future, Lucid Motors, Fisker Inc., LeEco and so on, and this list is only of the past year. The latest is the Elextra which has offered an appealing teaser promising silky smooth Italian-inspired styling, advanced electric powertrain technology and face-rippling performance.
The Tesla Model S P100D has attained new heights in 0-60 mph (100 km/h) performance at the hands of Motor Trend (2.28 seconds). And hence, it’s not so astonishing to see the latest EV-startup-we’ve-never-heard-of flaunting a sub-2.3-second 0-62 mph (100 km/h) time. We will definitely be amazed to watch that number materialize on actual pavement, but someone will ultimately catch up to Tesla.
Now, Elextra is offering number four for the time being, that is, four doors, four seats and four-wheel drive. The electric powertrain spinning those (four) wheels has yet to be detailed.
The team of Elextra is not only ambitious about the styling, but also about the performance. While explaining, Elextra designer and founder Robert Palm said:
“The idea behind Elextra is to combine pure lines reminding of the most exciting Italian supercars of the past, whilst being resolutely forward-looking thanks to its low, sleek and beautiful design, paired with today’s most advanced technology.”
It is very difficult to say how successful Palm and company are in achieving that goal by merely looking at the first teaser picture. The design has a lot of apparently disparate elements, such as high-arching front fenders, a long, straight roofline, and a Kamm-like tail, that might turn out in remarkable fashion or end up looking like runaway orphans without a place to call home.
The remaining teaser photos from Elextra show additional details like headlamps with square lighting elements, a smiley daytime running strip, three thin taillights running clean across the rear-end, and a boomerang-like spoiler dropping down off the roof.
Robert Palm and his Swiss automotive/industrial design firm Classic Factory were behind the stunning Jaguar E-Type redux called the Lyonheart K. There is a great difference between designing a car from scratch and modernizing one of the most gorgeous automotive designs in history, however, we are going hold back any judgment and bet against someone with the Lyonheart on his resume.
In order to hand-build not more than 100 examples of this first car, Elextra will depend on a world-leading low-volume manufacturing company near Stuttgart, Germany, as per Elextra.
The Geneva Motor Show is starting on March 7 and a particularly eclectic blend of world-beating supercars, outlandish and futuristic concept cars, green vehicles, everyday passenger cars and just plain crazy creations like Mercedes’ ultra-burly, ultra-premium off-road convertible limousine is being expected.