The 2020 Drako GTE Sedan Is An Ultra-Fast And Ultra-Pricey EV
The future of high-speed family transportation is here. Enter the Drako GTE. With an estimated top speed of 206 mph and a combined 1200 horsepower, this all-electric four-seater is intended to elevant electric-sedan performance into a whole new category.
The GTE is built by California-based startup Drako Motors, which says it plans to sell just 25 copies. Here's the kicker. Each one will cost at least $1.3 million.
With a price that high, we don't expect the same people who shop even the most powerful Tesla Model S or the forthcoming Porsche Taycan to find the GTE in their ballpark. Still, the GTE's aerodynamic and aggressive-looking bodywork should appeal to fans of both less expensive alternatives, if only to look at.
Every Drako GTE features a 90.0-kWh battery pack in the floor along with a standard 15-kW onboard charger. The battery feeds four electric motors that all have their own direct-drive transmissions and are individually mounted at all four wheels. All-wheel drive allows the car's computers to maximize cornering and traction by automatically sending torque to the optimal wheels.
Other performance equipment includes powerful Brembo brakes at all four corners and a sophisticated suspension setup courtesy of Öhlins. Buyers can choose from a set of 20- or 21-inch wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport tires. The smaller set use sticky 4S rubber, and the larger ones wear sticker Cup 2s.
While this ultra-rare, ultra-expensive EV sedan looks like a riot to pilot, the odds of that happening are slim to none for all but the world's 1 percent. Still, the Drako GTE will undoubtedly turn heads and drop jaws when it debuts at the annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance this week.