It has been a decade since Lotus revealed an all-new model — and it’s been worth the wait. The new Evija, which made its Middle East debut earlier this month at a launch event held at the brand’s 5,000 sq ft state-of-the-art facility on Sheikh Zayed Road, isn’t just a total stunner, it is the world’s most powerful road car too — according to the brand.

Pronounced E-vi-ya (and earlier known as the Type 130) it is Lotus’s first full-electric hypercar, and just 130 units will be built costing around Dh7.5 million each. Inspired by Le Mans sportscars and F1 racers, the two-seat Evija debuts a new design language that Lotus says will appear on its future models. Based on a bespoke carbon-fibre monocoque chassis and cloaked in carbon-fibre bodywork, it features a complex electric drivetrain that includes four electric motors (one on each wheel) and produces 1,972bhp and 1,700Nm of torque. That is more than four times the output of the firm’s current flagship, the Evora 430, and it can do the 0-100kph sprint in less than three seconds. It has a top speed of over 320kph.

The Evija features magnesium wheels that measure 20in up front and 21in at the back. Carbon-ceramic brakes and Pirelli Trofeo R tyres are fitted as standard, while the in-board suspension — as on an F1 car — features adaptive dampers on each axle. There are no door handles; the dihedral doors are opened remotely via the key fob. 

The cabin is trimmed almost entirely from carbon fibre while the rectangular steering wheel includes a host of buttons and dials, so the car’s functions are more easily operated on the move. A floating centre console between the seats has additional controls for the media, climate and nose-lift systems.

Karl Hamer, CEO of Adamas Motors, Lotus’ retail partner in the UAE said, “We are delighted that our customers have the opportunity to view the Evija in the UAE so soon after its global reveal. We are proud to be in one of the most forward-thinking countries in the world, and this all-electric hypercar coming to the UAE supports our nation’s objective to focus on sustainable technologies.”