APX by Lotus Engineering (APX stands for "Aluminium Performance Crossover") is
the first example of a complete vehicle built on the innovative Versatile Vehicle
APX is a demonstration of Lotus Engineering's ability to create innovative and
exciting, high performance products through its world class capability in Vehicle
Design, Performance Powertrain Engineering and niche vehicle development, the first
production car from this technology will be the new Lotus mid-engine super sportscar.
It is a 7-seater (in reality a 5 + 2 with the two rear seats being occasional) four-wheel
drive "Crossover" vehicle with a front mounted 300 hp supercharged V6 petrol engine. Weighing
in at just 1570 kg and with a power to weight ratio of 191 hp per tonne, the APX has
sportscar like performance of 5.4 seconds to 100 km/h (5.0 seconds to 60 mph) before reaching
a top speed of 245 km/h (152 mph). These performance figures are as good as the highest
performing 4x4 "Crossover" vehicles from other brands with up to 195hp per tonne.
Crucially though, whereas those vehicles need higher output engines to compensate for heavy
weight, APX does not. Combined fuel consumption for APX is estimated to be 8.7 litres / 100 km (
or 32 mpg) - impressive on its own and more so when compared to its production rivals which
often consume more than 13 litres per 100 km (22 mpg).