- The Drako Dragon is the second vehicle from the California-based startup after the GTE electric sedan that was unveiled in 2019.
- The Dragon has four electric motors with a combined output of 2,000 horsepower, and Drako claims a 200-mph top speed and a 9.0-second quarter-mile time.
- Behind the gull-wing doors is a leather interior and a massive 17.1-inch touchscreen. The Dragon will cost $290,000 when it reaches customers in 2026.
San Jose, California-based startup Drako Motors first teased the Dragon SUV this summer, showing off its dramatic gull-wing doors and announcing its wild 2,000-horsepower output. The Dragon is Drako’s second vehicle after the Fisker Karma-based GTE electric sedan, and the electric super SUV has now been fully revealed, boasting an athletic design and otherworldly performance figures.
The Dragon looks like an Extreme E racer mixed with a Lotus Eletre due to its aggressive stance and sloping, coupe-like roofline. The trapezoidal grille shape includes both cooling vents and a front wing that increases reach and provides downforce, which works with flying struts that extend from the roof to the rear haunches. The Dragon’s slim LED headlights and taillights are joined by “ultra-bright rally lights integrated into its roof.” The body panels are made from sustainable natural fiber composites, reducing the use of plastic by 70 percent, and revolve around a carbon fiber chassis.
The gull-wing doors are noticeable, but also allow Drako to remove the B-pillar, making ingress and egress from the rear seats easier. The cabin is dominated by a 17.1-inch touchscreen, with a smaller digital instrument cluster behind the flat-bottomed steering wheel, which houses all of the Dragon’s physical buttons. The Dragon also uses cameras instead of mirrors, which display the view on small screens integrated into the dashboard. Screens for the rear passengers are mounted in the leather and carbon fiber front seats, while a panoramic glass roof sits above.
Like the GTE, the Dragon uses four electric motors, one controlling each wheel. With 2000 hp and four-wheel drive, Drako claims the Dragon launches from zero to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds, runs the quarter mile in 9.0 seconds, and reaches a top speed of more than 200 mph. With a curb weight of 4969 pounds, 10-piston front calipers and six-piston rear calipers clamp onto carbon-ceramic brake rotors to slow the Dragon down. Drako also claims the Dragon has 50/50 weight distribution, and the SUV measures 199 inches long and 81 inches wide, a bit shorter and wider than a Lamborghini Urus. The adaptive suspension lets the Dragon sit as low as 6.4 inches off the ground, but can raise to provide 12.4 inches of clearance in its “Overland” mode.
The battery is reportedly designed and built in-house, although Drako doesn’t specify how big the pack is. Still, it must be pretty big as Drako claims a range of 420 miles, and with a maximum charge rate of 500 kW, Drako says the Dragon can charge up to 80 percent in 10 minutes. The Dragon also uses a single operating system to control all the vehicle’s functions, from the infotainment to the driver assistance systems to the battery management and traction control system that allows tank turns like a Rivian R1T.
Drako says the Dragon will be built in the United States, with plans to eventually build 5,000 units each year. Deliveries are supposed to begin in 2026, with the Dragon starting at $290,000, and bookings are open now.
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