Detroit Electric SP:01 Electric Sportscar Receives new 204-horsepower Pure Version

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Look who's back, the car some considered to by a copy of the Tesla Roadster, going by the name of Detroit Electric SP:01.
As a curiosity, Detroit Electric has been operating (kind of) in the automotive industry in the early 1900s (no, not a typo) but the combustion engine's popularity ended up in bankruptcy for the brand.

Now they're back with an all-electric sportscar that uses the architecture of the Lotus Elise. So, what's new? Well, so far, reports were suggesting the SP:01 electric sportscar will feature a 286-horsepower (210 kW) motor and that's entirely accurate, but only for the Performance version.

According to official specs published on Detroit Electric's website, the SP:01 EV will also be available in a more mild guise, namely the Pure variant. This entry-level option - if we can call it that - offers 204 horsepower (150 kW) and a maximum torque of 280 Nm (206 lb-ft), the same as the Performance variant.

However, in Pure guise, the SP:01 can go from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.6 seconds while the Performance version does the same thing in 3.9 seconds.

Moreover, Pure will let you reach a top speed of 106 mph (170 km/h) while Performance is a bit more permissive, enabling a maximum speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). There's a 37 kWh battery pack available for both guises, and Detroit Electric tells us maximum electric range was calculated at around 288 km (179 miles).

One more mention though: the Pure guise uses a single speed mode selector while the Performance version employs a manual solution. For more info, please see the attached PDF file below.
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 Download: SP:01 Specs (PDF)


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