MW Motors Introduces The Retro Luka EV

MW Motors has taken the wraps off their new Luka electric vehicle.

Billed as the “first production car to use in-wheel hub motors,” the Luka has a retro design that recalls a handful of different models. Starting up front, we can see circular LED lighting units, a chrome front bumper and a horizontal grille which appears to draw some inspiration from BMW.

The car’s profile reveals front fender vents, an angular windscreen and a steeply sloping roof which meets a compact rear window. Other styling details include a sloped trunk and an Aston Martin-esque rear end.

While the exterior has a cool retro vibe, the interior leaves a lot to be desired. Regardless, the model has a digital instrument cluster, a large infotainment system and carbon fiber trim. Drivers will also find a three-spoke steering wheel and black leather seats with contrast stitching. We can also see bargain bin switchgear and a drive selector which only has setting for reverse, neutral and drive.

Technical specifications haven’t been finalized but the company says the car has an aluminum chassis and only weighs 1,796 lbs (815 kg). This is a good thing as the four electric motors only produce 17 PS (12.5 kW) and this gives the car a maximum combined output of 66 PS (48 kW).

Given the low performance figures, it’s not surprising to learn the Luka accelerates from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 9.3 seconds and only has a top speed of 146 km/h (90 mph). That isn’t too impressive but the car’s 21.9 kWh battery pack reportedly enables it to travel up to 300 km (186 miles) on a single charge.

The Luka is still under development so there’s no word on pricing or availability. However, the company says it is working on a system that will enable the batteries to have an 80% charge in around an hour.

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  • LIZ THE SHIZ

    DOA …..

  • Edums

    I love those head lights, and the overall design. If I were the designer, I would get rid of the fake grills. I would replace the fake carbon fiber in the interior with fake(?) aluminium. I would leave some space below the windows without upholstery, exposing the metal or plastic, with the exterior color. I would also change the gauge surround with black material, and may be I would only add a chrome or aluminum bezel, or no bezel at all. I would use good-quality cloth upholstery, instead of low-quality leather. I would also enlarge the center console, and add some trim and a few chrome, or better yet ivory, buttons.

  • Six_Tymes

    “MW” too funny. what does the M and W stand for? as far as looks, from certain angles the car is cute, other angles not so much.

  • Six Thousand Times

    I wanted to hate it because of its pastiche retro but it’s so cute.

  • Six Thousand Times

    That’s what I was trying to recall!

  • Perry F. Bruns

    The question isn’t “Only 90?” The question is “Can it stay at 90 easily?”

    • smartacus

      maybe downhill
      …with a tailwind

  • The interior looks kit car, the body is rather mashed up that you would find in GTA, the performance is sad. The redeeming quality that I can see is if the car is cheap….

  • The front reminds me of MGB, but the overall shaped look like Triumph GT6.

  • Indeed, it looks like Triumph GT6 to me (Spitfire coupe)

  • INTERESTING.

  • Mynameis Taylor

    I love it. It’s so cool looking!!!! I’d totally cruise around in it.

  • Alex

    I dig this a lot. Yeah the interiour needs some work and tbh the range could be better by current standards too but this reminds me a lot of the cars in Ghost In The Shell 2, not everything modern needs to look futuristic.

  • smartacus

    MW gonna be getting letters from BMW lawyers real soon.
    Even Pontiac split grille looked too similar to the kidney grilles.

    And why bother with grilles if it’s an EV anyways?
    …unless their point is to attract free publicity
    by being sued by BMW for infringement.

  • Perry F. Bruns

    Its name is Luka. Does it live on the second floor?

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