The Lotus APX
(APX stands for Aluminum Performance Crossover
) is a concept car
created by the British automobile marque
. It was first introduced at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show
. It is the first complete vehicle built on the new Versatile Vehicle Architecture
(VVA). This vehicle is also a first for Lotus, as it is the first crossover SUV
they have ever built.
The APX uses a Lotus designed & developed supercharged V6
engine. It gives out a displacement of 3 liters. The power output of this engine is 300 hp (224 kW) at 6250 rpm with a torque of at 4500 rpm. It can go from 0-60 mph in 5 seconds (0-100 km/h in 5.4 seconds). The APX's top speed is 152 mph (245 km/h). The suspension of the APX makes it perfect for off-road
use (another first for the Lotus brand) with its permanent 4 wheel drive. The combined fuel consuption is estimated to be around 8.7l/100 km or 32mpg.
Also shown at the NADA 2007 show was an all-electric 4-wheel drive version of the APX, with 0-60 mph times of 4.8sec. The licensing distributor, ZAP, states it has a capacity of up to 644 wheel horsepower, up to range, recharge in as little as 10 minutes, and a top speed of up to . They claim up to 9,000 recharge cycles and 1 penny per mile recharge costs.
The APX exterior is very sporty and very slick with the fact that it is all-aluminium
. The interior of the APX derives from sportscars
, which derives from Lotus' specialty. It features, like any other modern concept car, digital screens, futuristic gadgets, and plenty of buttons. It does feature HVAC control.