EV startup Drako returns with 2,000-hp Dragon SUV


There is a Silicon Valley electric-vehicle startup by the identify of Drako, which in 2019 unveiled the GTE electrical tremendous sedan packing 1,200 hp and a beginning worth of $1.25 million.

On the time, the efficiency was nonetheless considerably revolutionary for a manufacturing EV, although since then each Tesla and Lucid have launched electrical sedans with over 1,000 hp however costing a fraction of the value of the Drako. Within the case of Tesla’s Mannequin S Plaid, we’re speaking lower than $140,000.

The GTE was meant to launch in 2021 however that did not occur, and now Drako is targeted on a brand new mannequin, this time an SUV. It is referred to as the Dragon, and Drako boasts a peak output of two,000 hp. With a lot oomph, Drako claims the Dragon will hit 60 mph from relaxation in 1.9 seconds, run the quarter-mile in 9.0 seconds flat, and high out over 200 mph.

The powertrain within the Dragon is a quad-motor system the place every motor acts independently, leading to exact torque vectoring. Controlling the system is Drako’s personal DriveOS software program. The Dragon can even sport three-way adjustable suspension to assist it deal with on each easy roads and tough off-road trails, Drako mentioned. Particulars of the battery weren’t talked about however Drako’s GTE was introduced with a 90-kilowatt-hour unit good for about 200 miles of vary.

Teaser for Drako Dragon

Teaser for Drako Dragon

Whereas Drako’s GTE used the physique of the firmer Fisker Karma and present Karma GS-6, the Dragon incorporates a bespoke physique penned by GranStudio. The Italian design home and coachbuilder can even be chargeable for manufacturing of the Dragon.

You will discover the Dragon options supercar-like components within the design, together with flying buttresses and gullwing doorways. The development is alleged to be principally carbon fiber, and inside there’s claimed to be house for 5 and all their baggage.

Not wanting to cost itself out of the market, Drako mentioned the Dragon shall be priced competitively in opposition to the high-performance SUVs it is meant to compete with, such because the Aston Martin DBX, Lamborghini Urus, and not too long ago revealed Lotus Eletre, one other electrical SUV. This implies we will count on a price ticket someplace within the $200,000 bracket.

Drako hasn’t mentioned what number of examples are destined to be constructed, however we would think about the quantity is larger than the 25 GTE models the corporate beforehand deliberate. Drako will begin accepting reservations for the Dragon shortly and plans to disclose the automobile later this 12 months.


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