What Does Jeremy Clarkson Think Of The 2000 HP Lotus Evija?

The Lotus Evija is finally out in the open and what a crazy vehicle it is promising to be. However, what does Jeremy Clarkson think of the car?

The veteran automotive journalist and The Grand Tour host is well known for his love of gas-guzzling performance cars and disdain towards anything powered by electricity. Consequently, he is not won over by the Evija.

In this video from Drive Tribe, Clarkson says that while the Evija looks very pretty and will inevitably appeal to those interested in high-performance electric cars, it’s not a Lotus he would buy. In fact, he says he would rather own a Lotus Esprit V8.

Also Read: Lotus Evija Debuts With 1,973 HP, Will Become World’s Most Powerful Road Car

While we understand Clarkson’s perspective, there is no real need to vehemently oppose electric performance cars anymore because they are coming whether we like them or not. With the Evija, Lotus will hope to establish itself as an industry leader in performance cars and that can only be a good thing for the British company which in recent times has struggled through a number of management and financial issues.

Lotus says production of the Evija will kick off next year and that production will be capped to just 130 units worldwide. Each car will be powered by four electric motors pumping out a combined 1973 hp and 1254 lb-ft (1700 Nm) of torque. Lotus says the car will hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than three seconds (probably under two seconds in reality) and rocket to 300 km/h (186 mph) in 9 seconds. To put that into perspective, the Rimac C_Two will need 11.8 seconds to hit 300 km/h.


  • StrangerGP

    I find Lotus’s claims hard to believe. Rimac, Koenigsegg or Bugatti have very talented people behind their top projects. This is a car that came out of nowhere… or China, to be precise.

    • Denzel

      It’s better try now than be beaten to it. But lotus is working Williams and the backing of Geely on this, so it might come close.

    • Matt

      Lotus Engineering and Williams didn’t just come ‘out of nowhere’.

    • Big Black Duck

      You realize there was a time when things that were made in Japan and the USA were considered crap right?

  • Six_Tymes

    it is awesome.

  • Ben

    I’ve been saying this for a while now, but I hope electric car manufactures can embrace electric motor whine. It could become the next supercharger whine. Just don’t make electric performance cars sound like a waiting room with a bad fan in the corner.

    • Big Black Duck

      Totally Agree…Sound Engineers have a future in the electric car… sound is generated by air and various musical instruments require it to function…I believe each manufacturer can “Tune” their vehicle to sound different…I look to the future not the past ..the generation before the automobile would have favoured the Horse galloping and may have derided the sound of a Combustion engine .. People like Clarkson are just stuck where they are …that’s all and there are a lot of people like that in this world.

  • ErnieB

    Love the looks.. just realized it will sound like .. well nothing. So, I’d take my millions over to Konessegg or however you spell it..

  • Matteo Tommasi

    This car is just NOT A LOTUS.

    • Carlos Gamarra

      idk man i see a lotus badge on the front and the word “Lotus” right on the back so 🤷‍♂️

    • Big Black Duck

      I agree….Lotus is a Flower

  • Six Thousand Times

    Glad it’s not a “hybrid.” It’s the future and I’m cool with it. The Pininfarina is sexier, though.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Glad it’s not a “hybrid.” It’s the future and I’m cool with it. The Pininfarina is sexier, though.

  • Aqua Boogie

    The fabulous Lotus brand is upgraded and saved by Geely. Don’t look back and enjoy what’s coming.

  • Vassilis

    I’m with him

  • LifeinReverse

    Just don’t let the Hamster drive it. He will “literally” destroy it.

  • Felix Le Forestier

    2000ps for like 1second before battery sag kicks in

  • TheBigGuy

    Waiting to see someone kill themselves in this. 2000hp is just ridiculous.

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