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Ten days ahead of the official unveil at the Paris Motor Show the sun starts to rise for the dawn of Lotusâ new era â the Elite will redefine âmodern classicâ.
So here it is, the Lotus Elite, the first taste of whatâs to come from Lotus in the future. Look up elegant in the dictionary and youâll find variations on the following 1. dignified grace in appearance, movement, or behaviour, 2. superb taste in design, style and 3. something elegant; the ultimate refinement.
The ground-breaking new Elite is exactly that. Itâs compact yet chic body is elegance incarnate. Itâs not only exquisitely elegant, in keeping with Lotusâ core values, itâs aÂ carÂ of substance incorporating some of the very latest technological innovations Lotus has to offer. The slick retractable hard top version and the optional use of hybrid technology with KERS are typical examples of Lotus tailoring technology to deliver perfect performance.
Dany Bahar, CEO of Group Lotus said: âThereâs no denying that the Elite is breathtakingly beautiful to look at but itâs so much more than that, itâs aÂ carÂ that over delivers in all other aspects as well. One could say itâs acarÂ of perfect contradictions, itâs compact yet spacious, high performing yet low emitting, lightweight yet still reassuringly solid. Itâs aÂ carÂ 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.
âMake no mistake, thereâs a definite market requirement for the Elite â itâs the ultimate sportsÂ carÂ feel with comfort and space. There will always be those who believe that Lotus should stick toÂ small sports carsÂ but we didnât take the decision to design something like the Elite lightly, itâs based on months of careful research and planning. Itâs worth noting this sector has been very successful for us in the past and now the Elite raises the benchmark higher still.â
Set for release in spring 2014, this is an innovative, exciting GT that will set a new benchmark in design, performance and emissions. And itâs not all about sleek lines and stunning bodywork with this particular 2+2, what hides beneath this shark like exterior perfectly does the aesthetics justice. A front-mid positioned 5.0lÂ V8 engineÂ delivering up to 620 PS meaningÂ driversÂ can expect to go from 0-100 km/h in approximately 3.5 to 3.7 seconds.
Layout: 2+2 seater, front-mid-engined, rear wheel drive
Engine: Petrol, hybrid optional
Hybrid technology: Hybrid gearbox with integratedÂ electric motorsÂ and KERS
Capacity: 5.0 litre
Power/Torque: 620 PS / 720 Nm
Rev limit: 8,500 rpm
0-100 km/h: 3.5 to 3.7 seconds
TopÂ speed: 315 km/h
COâ approx (COâ/km): 215 g/km**
Weight: 1,650 kg
Transmission: Full Hybrid transmission
Start of production: Early 2014
Enters the market: Spring 2014
Price indication: Circa ÂŁ115,000
* Whilst the vehicle shown in this release is a Production Intent Prototype, it represents a concept vehicle being designed and developed by Lotus Cars. Lotus Cars reserves the right to change the external and internal design of the Production Intent Prototypes, the specification, performance, dimensions, weight, fuel consumption, powertrain details and any other product information at anytime and without notice for any reason whatsoever.
Details of performance, weight, fuel consumption and other production information relating to the Production Intent Prototypes are not official or proven figures and represent the intended performance, weight, fuel consumption and other product information of the Production Intent Prototypes .
The design, specification and performance figures for all Production Intent Prototypes will be confirmed following official testing and will be available from Lotus Cars.
The price quoted includes VAT at 17.5%.
**Using optional hybrid
The main operating subsidiary of Group Lotus plc is Lotus Cars Ltd, which has two operating divisions â Lotus Engineering and Lotus Cars. Lotus Engineering is an internationally recognised automotive engineering consultancy based in Norfolk, UK. Global facilities include those in Michigan (USA), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), China and offices in Germany and Japan, with rapid expansion in new territories such as South East Asia.
Lotus Engineering provides comprehensive and versatile consultancy services to many of the worldâs OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers, offering a full engineeringÂ service fromÂ initial concept and project design through development and integration of the complete vehicle to meet all worldwide markets and customers to full production. This includes third party âniche vehicleâ engineering and manufacture worldwide .
Lotus Cars builds world class, prestige, highÂ performance sports carsÂ for sale in 37 countries. These include the iconicÂ Lotus Elise, the Exige, the 2-Eleven and Lotusâ latest model, the Lotus Evora. Lotus is a global high-tech company, expanding rapidly and committed to driving forward technology for both Lotus Cars and its Engineering clients, spearheading research into such areas as hybrids, electric vehicles and renewable fuels.
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Source: Lotus Press Release