We originally looked at this car on 9/17/10 when it was first announced
Reviving the Elite badge from the four-seat Lotus of the 1980s, this new model, set for release in 2014, incorporates a retractable hard-top and the optional use of hybrid technology with F1-style KERS technology.
This innovative GT is not all about sleek lines and stunning bodywork. This 2+2 hides a front-mid positioned 5.0 liter V8 engine beneath its shark-like exterior, delivering up to 620hp. The result is 0-62mph in approximately 3.7 seconds.
Dany Bahar, Chief Executive Officer of Group Lotus, said: "There's no denying the Elite is breathtakingly beautiful but it's so much more than that; it's a car that over delivers in all aspects. One could say it's a car of perfect contradictions; it's compact yet spacious, high performing yet low emitting, lightweight yet still reassuringly solid. It's a car we are exceptionally proud of at Lotus and we truly believe there is nothing else like it out there both in terms of styling and performance.
"Make no mistake, there's 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 didn't take the decision to design something like the Elite lightly, it's based on months of careful research and planning. It's worth noting that total 2+2 production represented over 20 per cent of Lotus build between 1948 and 1996 (pre small-car platform) and 11 per cent over all, this sector has been very successful for us in the past and now the Elite raises the benchmark higher still."
|Layout:||2+2 seater, front-mid-engined, rear wheel drive|
|Engine:||Petrol, hybrid optional|
|Hybrid technology:||Hybrid gearbox with integrated electric motors and KERS|
|Power/Torque:||620hp / 530 lb-ft|
|Rev limit:||8,500 rpm|
|0-100 km/h:||3.7 seconds|
|Top speed:||3.7 seconds|
|Top speed:||315 km/h|
|CO2 approx||215 g/km|
|Transmission:||Full Hybrid transmission|
|Start of production:||Early 2014|
|Enters the market:||Spring 2014|
|Price indication:||Circa £115,000|