The Lotus Elite is coming back!.. In 2014. Lotus has announced
that by 2014 the all-new Lotus Elite will be born. At the 2010
Paris Motor Show they intend to display a pre-production prototype
which will closely match the production car due to follow.
The new Elite is a step up for Lotus as the car is significantly
more advanced than their current cars in terms of power, performance,
and unfortunatley price.
Powering the Lotus Elite is a front-mid mounted 5.0 litre V8
which produces 620 horsepower. Lotus are predicting that this
engine will give the car a 0-62 mph (100km/h) time of around
3.6 seconds. Top speed is a projected 195 mph.
Lotus also plan to offer a hybrid drivetrain as an option. Although
they haven't been entirely clear on exactly what performance
it will provide, a electric motor housed in the transmission
is how they plan on doing it. The Lotus Elite hybrid will also
employ a KERS system to recirculate the kinetic energy usually
lost during braking.
Thanks to the engine's location, there's room in the new Lotus
Elite for four people - although the rear seat passengers will
probably have to limber up before attempting entry.
Dany Bahar, CEO of Group Lotus said of the new Lotus Elite:
"There's no denying that the Elite is breathtakingly
beautiful to look at but itís so much more than that, itís a
car that over delivers in all other aspects as well. One could
say itís a car of perfect contradictions, itís compact yet spacious,
high performing yet low emitting, lightweight yet still reassuringly
solid. It's a car that we are exceptionally proud of at Lotus
and we truly believe that there is nothing else like it out
there both in terms of styling and performance.
"Make no mistake, thereís a definite market requirement
for the Elite - it's the ultimate sports car feel with comfort
and space. There will always be those who believe that Lotus
should stick to small sports cars but we didnít take the decision
to design something like the Elite lightly, it's based on months
of careful research and planning. It's worth noting this sector
has been very successful for us in the past and now the Elite
raises the benchmark higher still."
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