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GLM enters electric battlefield with twin motor luxury supercar

GLM enters electric battlefiel...
GLM wowed the crowds in Paris with the G4 supercar
GLM wowed the crowds in Paris with the G4 supercar
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The GLM G4 will hit 100 km/h in just 3.7 seconds
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The GLM G4 will hit 100 km/h in just 3.7 seconds
The G4 has four seats and doors
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The G4 has four seats and doors
GLM wowed the crowds in Paris with the G4 supercar
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GLM wowed the crowds in Paris with the G4 supercar
The GLM G4's design actually comes from Savage Rivale
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The GLM G4's design actually comes from Savage Rivale
With a top speed of 250 km/h, the car's twin-motor powertrain is seriously quick
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With a top speed of 250 km/h, the car's twin-motor powertrain is seriously quick
The GLM G4 is expected to cost over $200,000
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The GLM G4 is expected to cost over $200,000
The car's interior has been designed to feel luxurious and sumptuous
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The car's interior has been designed to feel luxurious and sumptuous
The company hasn't turned to Brembo for brakes, with in house units used instead
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The company hasn't turned to Brembo for brakes, with in house units used instead
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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?"

The car's interior has been designed to feel luxurious and sumptuous
The car's interior has been designed to feel luxurious and sumptuous

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 willsee a significant growth, taking shares of the internal combustion vehicles market," says Hiroyasu Koma, GLM CEO. "GLM hasthe 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 butprovides 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.

Source: GLM

GLM G4 Concept Movie

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4 comments
4 comments
Michael Wilson
Supercar styling, sports car performance. Its not quite up to the level of Tesla, but I love the styling. If they could make it out handle the Tesla, they may have a market.
dugnology
Cost twice as much as a Tesla S70, has cool looking doors that you cannot actually get in or out of the car with, goes about as fast, with about the same range, oh, and it doesn't exist yet. I do not see this coming to fruition. It is encouraging to see more and more companies going to electric, though.
Island Architect
Looks like we need a new 007 movie.
habakak
It looks like something trying to loose and old skin...just weird. I can't see why, especially at that price point. Bugatti, Lamborghini, Ferrari, McClaren and Porche will be going electric on their next generation supercars (Lamborghini I must admit are a bit behind the curve ball trying to satisfy the 'old school' crowd) so something like this (no brand name recognition) is not going to survive.