GLM enters electric battlefield with twin motor luxury supercar
This year's Paris Motor Show played host to electric debuts from well-known players like Mercedes and Volkswagen, but they weren't the only ones to make a big battery-powered push. The new GLM G4 might boast supercar performance, but its four doors and sumptuous cabin mean the whole family can come along for the ride.
We'll get back to the four-seat interior in a moment, but GLM is making some serious performance claims about its first four-seat sports car. Underneath the body, which was developed by Savage Rivale, is a twin-motor powertrain pumping out 1,000 Nm of torque and 400 kW (536 hp) of power. That's enough for a 100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time of just 3.7 seconds, putting it in the same ballpark as the Porsche Mission E and Audi R8 e-Tron.
Running flat out, the G4 will be doing 250 km/h (155 mph), not quite full-on supercar territory, but still more than adequate for most people.
Although it's making some impressive performance claims, GLM hasn't skimped on range either. On the New European Drive Cycle (NEDC) it returns 400 km (248 mi), about as much as the 70 kWh Tesla Model S can manage. It's worth bearing in mind, just like any petrol-powered performance car, exploiting its performance to the fullest is likely to ruin those NEDC figures before you can say "where's the nearest charge point?"
Power is put to the road through an all-wheel drive system, which GLM says reads the road and shuffles torque from wheel-to-wheel for optimum traction. Thanks to a multi-material body, the company also says the car will be stiff and light, although no details beyond that were provided during the Paris Motor Show press conference.
On the inside, GLM has focused on making the G4 look and feel like a high-end luxury car. All four seats are trimmed in white, quilted leather, and the dihedral doors (along with looking seriously cool) mean it should be reasonably easy to get in and out.
"The automotive industry is changing and in next few years, the electric vehicles market will see a significant growth, taking shares of the internal combustion vehicles market," says Hiroyasu Koma, GLM CEO. "GLM has the mission to be at the forefront and push boundaries of EVs. Seeking to develop an EV that not only concretely contributes to a low-carbon society but provides an exciting drive experience to the driver is our vision and daily inspiration."
At the moment, there's no word about when the G4 will hit the market, but prices are expected to stretch beyond US$200,000.
Check out the GLM G4 launch video below.