All-electric Lotus Evija arrives in the UAE – in pictures

The British manufacturer's first non-petrol vehicle has rolled into Dubai amid a round of applause considerably louder than its near-silent engine

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Lotus's most extreme hypercar, the Evija, has just touched down for the first time in the UAE.

The manufacturer's showroom in Dubai pulled the covers off the all-electric monster on the latest leg of the vehicle's world promotional tour, which has so far included appearances at Monterey Car Week in the USA and Japan's prestigious Lotus Day.

The vehicle, which was originally unveiled in London in July, is the world's most powerful production car that you can actually use in the real world.

The figures that make up the vehicle's specs are startling by any measure – Lotus says the Evija has a top speed of more than 320kph, produces 1,971 horsepower and – wait for it – does 0 to 100kph in less than three seconds. That's really sticking it to your petrol-powered cousins.

The Evija's official unveiling in the Middle East, which took place before a packed and enthusiastic crowd, marked exactly a year since the opening of Lotus's Dubai showroom.

It was designed, engineered and hand-built at Lotus’s home in Hethel, England.

You can put your order in for one of the energetic little machines now, but you'll have to wait until 2020 for a delivery. You'll also have to have £1.5 million (Dh7.5 million) ready. Production is limited to just 130 cars, though, so if you fancy one don't hang about.