The UK is about to get funky as the ORA Funky Cat goes on sale this fall.
To celebrate the brand’s arrival, the Funky Cat will be launched in a “very highly specified” version of the First Edition which costs £30,495 after factoring in the government’s plug-in car grant.
While the model costs more than the Nissan Leaf and MINI Electric, the Funky Cat First Edition features LED headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels and available two-tone paint. Other highlights include a 10.25-inch digital instrument panel and a 10.25-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.
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Remaining inside the cabin, buyers will find power front seats with leatherette upholstery. They’re joined by a wireless smartphone charger, dual-zone climate control system, auto-dimming rearview mirror and passive entry system.
In terms of safety, there is an assortment of driver assistance systems including adaptive cruise control, traffic jam assist, lane keeping assist and a lane centering feature. They’re joined by a blind-spot monitor, rear parking sensors, 360-degree camera system and rear cross-traffic alert with emergency braking.
Motivation is provided by a 48 kWh lithium-ion battery, which powers a front-mounted electric motor developing 169 hp (126 kW / 171 hp) and 184 lb-ft (250 Nm) of torque. This configuration allows the model to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 8.3 seconds, before reaching a top speed of 159 km/h (99 mph).
Additionally, the Funky Cat has a WLTP range of 193 miles (311 km). When the battery is low, a 6.6 kW charger can boost it from 15 to 80 percent in about five to six hours. That drops to three or four hours with an 11kW charger, while an 80kW DC fast charger can complete the same task in around 40 minutes.
The company will start taking deposits of £100 next month and the automaker has said its ORA online sales platform is set to launch in August. Despite offering online sales, ORA said there will be “a big focus on brick-and-mortar retailers”. The company also revealed that additional versions, which will likely be more affordable, will arrive in 2023.
In a statement, Great Wall Motor Vice President Yao Fei said: “The UK is a key launch market for the GWM ORA brand and I look forward to launching our first product, the ORA Funky. Cat, later this year. As a disruptive new brand of electric vehicles, we will offer our customers high quality products, with a unique design that will bring a new look to European streets.