One of the unique features of the 2015 Lotus Eterne Sports Sedan is the use of a Kinetic Energy Reduction system or KERS. Kinetic energy recovery systems are a popular automotive system that is used in formula one racing with the benefit of balancing the car so it better handles and turns. A button to use the Kinetic Energy Recovery System will be put on the steering wheel and when pressed can increase horsepower by 49. Although a Kinetic Energy Reduction System adds an additional 25 kilograms of weight its benefits are considered to outweigh this. A lot of automobile makers are doing testing with kinetic energy recovery systems, although few are actually using it which will give the Lotus Eterne Sports Sedan a step up against its competition.
Although one might say there is nothing unique about the 2015 Lotus Eterne Sports Sedan as it is quite similar in design to the Aston Martin Rapide and the Porsche Panamera Lotus is setting out to distinguish its model through other methods. One way Lotus is attempting to do this is through offering Hybrid Technology. With society today having strong opinions towards an eco-friendly environment Lotus is hoping that offering low carbon dioxide emissions will give them a competitive advantage.
Another method that Lotus is using to distinguish itself is that the Eterne Sports Sedan weight and dimensions are much smaller than that of the Aston Martin Rapide and Porsche Panamera as it is about 200kg lighter. Unlike the other cars in its class that are evolutions from the two door model of their car, the Eterne is a unique model specifically designed to be in the four door luxury sedan/ sports car class. The Eterne is also said to be spacious and have equivalent front and rear space.
With the Lotus Eterne Sedan not being released to the market until 2015 its safety features and certifications are still undergoing testing and have not yet been released to the public. Although there is no reason to assume that Lotus will be cutting corners on safety features if they expect to compete with the Aston Martin Rapide and Porsche Panamera. It is predicted that Lotus will have their advanced braking and suspension system, driver and passenger airbags, front energy absorbing chassis design and rear crash safety feature that seems to be standard on most models.