Californian supercar startup Drako Motors has unveiled a new electric super-SUV to rival competitors such as the Lamborghini Urus and Ferrari Purosangue.

    The brand says the Dragon will be “priced competitively to the existing super-SUV segment”, suggesting you’ll pay around US$230,000 when it launches.

    The car has been engineered in Silicon Valley where the startup is based, but has been designed and built in Italy. It’ll be officially launched on November 17.

    According to Drako, the Dragon will have a top speed of over 322km/h and will reach 100km/h in less than 1.9 seconds. 

    A total of 1491kW of power is on offer, provided by the ‘DriveOS Quad Motor Powertrain and its in-house battery system’.  

    The battery heat management system will be provided by a NASA-grade carbon fibre cooling technology resulting from a supplier partnership with KULR Technology Group. 

    The SUV will have an adaptive three-stage suspension and individual control of torque to each wheel to improve the off-roading capabilities and smooth handling.  

    The futuristic body is constructed entirely from carbon fibre, and there are two gullwing doors allowing access to the five-seat cabin.

    Flying buttresses at the rear of the car, a large scoop on the bonnet, and diagonal lines slicing the angular LED headlights and tail lights are just some of the choices shown on the teaser images so far, with more to come on launch day. 

    The SUV was designed by Drako Chief Designer Lowie Vermeersch, who has been responsible for designs such as the Lightyear One, Ferrari 458, Maserati GranCabrio, and the Pininfarina Nido

    The first vehicle launched by the startup was the Drako GTE, an all-electric sedan providing 895 kW of power and a top speed of 332km/h. 

    It was built on the chassis of the Fisker Karma, one of the world’s first luxury PHEVs which failed due to financial and supply problems. 

    Only 25 units of the startup’s first venture were produced for customers worldwide, with a hefty price tag of US$1.3 million a pop. 

    There are no details yet on the availability of the Drako Dragon, but it can be assumed there will be much wider availability than the GTE – we have reached out to Drako Motors for further information on wher the SUV will be released in. 

    Reservations are now open on Drako’s website and the first 99 customers to place a US$5000 deposit will receive a limited first edition Dragon. 

    Eilidh McNaughton
    Eilidh McNaughton is a Contributor at CarExpert.
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