Is The “Luka” From Czech Republic Coming To The US?
This strange little beast of a car is manufactured in Stenovice in the Czech Republic. MW Motors is a relatively new company making EVs. Yes, this is an electric vehicle. While some companies are making EV conversions for older cars, MW tried to make a new car look old. We can’t say it works but quirky cars are good at least for breaking up the monotony of Ferraris and C8 Corvettes. This is the Luka two-seat coupe and takes some basic 1960s styling cues and sort of wrings them into what you see here.
Some think it looks like a modern VW Karmann Ghia. Ah, no. This pretty much looks like what it is; a modern attempt at a retro car without doing either modern or retro much good. It mixes different 1960s sports car forms and cues and this is what you get. Maybe what’s under the sheetmetal, or rather fiberglass is better?
The Luka coupe comes in two configurations, a single- and four-motor versions
The Luka utilizes a single electric motor for the base version. The higher versions have a hub motor at each wheel. The single motor versions have 55 kW and 74 hp while the four-motor versions have 50 kW and 67 hp. The four-motor versions are slightly faster at 145 km/h. The single motor version goes 140 km/h. Definitely not a barn burner by any means.
The range is a bit compromised as well. Especially for a lightweight car like the Luka. With the single motor your range is just under 200 miles. With the four-motor version, your range is slightly less. Either version weighs about 1,800 lbs.
The Luka has a fiberglass body and all-aluminum chassis
The body is composite fiberglass while the chassis is all-aluminum. We noticed a bit of waviness or “chatter” in the doors and fenders in a video of the Luka. A bit more block sanding would help. If you are thinking about buying one we would suggest you slip the painter a few bucks for a bit more time prepping the body. Oh, and both right- and left-hand versions are available.
The four-motor version utilizes a 21.9 kWh battery with the single using a 26.4 kWh battery. This is all pretty much basic EV components that MW will gladly sell you for your own EV project should you decide to pass on the Luka. A quick charge to 80% takes about 60 minutes.
Luka models range from $32,000 to $43,000
For those who might be interested the top-end Luka goes for $43,000 while the cheaper version sells for around $32,000. Either one comes with leather upholstery done in a classic style along with a “classic” steering wheel. Plus, it has all of the current infotainment offerings along with air conditioning, navigation, electric windows and central locking.
Each Luka is handmade and it is said that no two are exactly alike. The little coupes are available in a variety of standard colors. We’ll bet you can get almost any color though. Again, you might want to slip the painter a few extra korunas.
As of now there are no plans to try and homologate the Luka in the US.