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3rd October, 2010

British sports car maker Lotus is planning a new range of models:

  • Lotus Elan due 2013
  • Lotus Esprit due 2013
  • Lotus Elite due 2014
  • Lotus Elise due 2015
  • Lotus Eterne due 2015

Lotus Elise

Oh yes, here it is! Thereís still room for the Elise at Lotus but what a difference a decade or two makes. The Elise due for release in 2015 is an agile car. Finally the Elise comes of age.

Aesthetically itís definitely pleasing to the eye, itís bold directional body gives you subtle hints of the Elise of old so it still seems a touch familiar but at the same time, it couldnít be more different.

Perhaps a small example of how the car has changed would help. Aside from strong graphic styling, the practicality of the car has had a major overhaul too with sizeable improvements made to the ingress and egress Ė in simple terms, no more acrobatics but still all the fun you expect from the Elise.

Dany Bahar, Chief Executive Officer of Group Lotus, said: ďWe worked very hard on getting the Elise 2015 exactly right, itís our entry level car so it needs to give a proper introduction to the Lotus driving experience.Ē

ďThe Elise you can buy now is still a fantastic car, make no mistake, Lotus remain very proud of it, but this is a natural progression for us moving forward. The Elise 2015 will also be class-leading in terms of performance and efficiency but it will do more than that it will take the Elise model to the forefront of its class across the board.Ē

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ďThe design of the Elise 2015 is perfect for the target market, itís young, strong, confident, verging on ruthless, it mirrors the engineering and technology. Itís the next generation Elise for a new generation of Lotus drivers.Ē

Fear not though, despite the dramatic upgrades the Elise 2015 has lost none of the cheeky charm that made the two-seater sports car famous, it still retains performance through lightweight and handles like a dream Ė albeit a quite aggressive and tension filled dream. With a 2.0 litre in-line 4 pressure charged engine delivering up to 320 PS, the Elise 2015 should reach 0-100 km/h in under 4.5 seconds.

The Elise 2015 suggests great things come to those who wait.

Elise 2015 Specification *

Layout: 2 seater, mid-engined, rear wheel drive
Engine: Petrol with start/stop option
Hybrid technology: Mild hybrid, i.e. start/stop technology
Cylinder: 4
Capacity: 2.0 litre
Power/Torque: 320 PS / 330 Nm
Rev limit: 7,800 rpm
0-100 km/h: 4.3 seconds
Top speed: 270 km/h
CO2 approx (CO2/km): 150 g/km**
Weight: 1,095 kg
Seats: 2
Transmission: 6 Speed Manual, DCT optional
Drive: RWD
Start of production: Early 2015
Enters the market: Spring 2015

NOTE * All specifications subject to confirmation. Production version may vary.

** With new technology


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Lotus Elan

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Lotus Elan

Lotus Elan

As the old saying goes, you canít have your cake and eat it. In the past we were educated to believe we canít have it all. But that was the past. Todayís driver demands more and the Elan delivers.

The Elan is the beating heart of the new Lotus line-up. Itís a high performance sports car, that much is clear, itís a Lotus after all, but thanks to some clever innovations the Elan also has everyday usability too.

With a 2+2 variant, the Elan may be the only car you need.

Set for release during the second half of 2013, the Elan features a 4.0 litre V6 pressure charged engine capable of delivering up to 450 PS and taking into consideration its relative light weight of 1,295 kg, the Elanís performance edges on super car status.

From a styling perspective, the Lotus Elan is built like an athlete with a 'muscular' physique and perfect poise. Itís a thoroughbred, rigid with tension, ambitious and addictive, nothing but best in class will suffice for this car.

Itís not enough to simply provide performance and exceptional looks, innovation is also integral to the Elanís appeal. In keeping with the rest of the new Lotus range, the Elan features optional hybrid technology with KERS.

Dany Bahar, Chief Executive Officer of Group Lotus, said: ďIf there was ever a car to make you drive the long way home, itís the Elan. Perfect for both road and track, the Elan not only ticks all the boxes, it creates new ones too.Ē

ďThe Elan will convert people to Lotus, I would challenge people not to become addicted to driving it. It will also go a long way towards dispelling the old misconceptions about this class, that in order to have high performance you must sacrifice usability Ė those days are gone.Ē

ďOnce you drive an Elan you wonít look back, it will give you things you didnít even realise you were missing Ė thatís the essence of Lotus and the Elan perfectly captures that spirit.Ē

One car, zero compromise.

Elan Specification*

Layout: 2 seater (optional 2+2), mid-engined, rear wheel drive
Engine: Petrol, hybrid optional
Hybrid technology: Optional KERS
Cylinder: V6
Capacity: 4.0 litre
Power/Torque: 450 PS / 465 Nm
Rev limit: 7,800 rpm
0-100 km/h: 3.5 seconds
Top speed: 310 km/h
CO2 approx (CO2/km): 199 g/km**
Weight: 1,295 kg
Seats: 2
Transmission: 7 Speed DCT
Drive: RWD
Start of production: Summer 2013
Enters the market: Autumn 2013

NOTE * All specifications subject to confirmation. Production version may vary.

**Using optional hybrid


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Lotus Elite

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Lotus Elite

Lotus Elite

Look up elegant in the dictionary and youíll 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. Itís compact yet stylish body is elegance reinvented. Itís not only exquisitely elegant, in keeping with Lotusí core values, itís a car of substance incorporating some of the very latest technological innovations Lotus has to offer. The slick retractable hard top and the optional use of hybrid technology with KERS are typical examples of Lotus tailoring technology to deliver perfect performance.

Set for release in spring 2014, this is an innovative, exciting GT that will set a new benchmark in design, performance and emissions. And itís 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 5.0 litre V8 engine delivering up to 620 PS meaning drivers can expect to go from 0-100 km/h in approximately 3.7 seconds.

Dany Bahar, Chief Executive Officer of Group Lotus, said: ďThereís 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. Itís 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.Ē

ďMake no mistake, thereís a definite market requirement for the Elite Ė itís 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, itís based on months of careful research and planning. Itís 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.Ē

The Elite will redefine ďmodern classicĒ.

Elite Specification *

Layout: 2+2 seater, front-mid-engined, rear wheel drive
Engine: Petrol, hybrid optional
Hybrid technology: Hybrid gearbox with integrated electric motors and KERS
Cylinder: V8
Capacity: 5.0 litre
Power/Torque: 620 PS / 720 Nm
Rev limit: 8,500 rpm
0-100 km/h: 3.7 seconds
Top speed: 315 km/h
CO2 approx (CO2/km): 215 g/km**
Weight: 1,650 kg
Seats: 2+2
Transmission: Full Hybrid transmission
Drive: RWD
Start of production: Early 2014
Enters the market: Spring 2014

NOTE * All specifications subject to confirmation. Production version may vary.

**Using optional hybrid technology


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Lotus Esprit

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Lotus Esprit

Lotus Esprit

Without doubt, this is the car that the true Lotus aficionados have been waiting for: The ultimate Lotus.

The new Esprit represents the very essence of exclusive super car driving. It picks up and exceeds the legacy of itís namesake. Think of it as a statement of superiority. Think of it as Lotus CEO Dany Baharís personal statement of intent, his vision for the future of Lotus.

Dany Bahar, Chief Executive Officer of Group Lotus, said: ďOne has to be very careful when taking on the challenge of reinventing such an iconic classic as the Esprit Ė everyone has an opinion. Thereís a fine balance between acknowledging the greatness of the past whilst at the same time rapidly leaping forward to the future and ensuring that this car not only does the name Esprit justice but also the Lotus brand. I think weíve managed to find the balance and in doing so created a new icon, a car people will find hard to resist.Ē

ďNot only does the Esprit look incredible but it has the performance to match. Weíve stuck to the Lotus core values of performance through lightweight and teamed them with future technology and exceptional engineering to ensure that the Esprit will be the leader of the pack. The design is aggressive, you have to see it to appreciate how low and wide the proportions are but it still retains a level of dignity, of class and most of all exclusivity. Iím very proud of this car.Ē

Powered by a 5.0 litre V8 pressure charged engine delivering up to 620 PS, the Esprit retains exceptional performance through itís unique lightweight design making it the ultimate expression of Lotus super car ownership. It is the super car that will redefine ride and handling, performance, comfort and exclusivity.

The styling of the Esprit echoes the performance with b lines throughout the sleek low body. The symmetry through the mass and proportion of the Esprit give it an intense look, itís the perfect example of the new Lotus 'DNA' in action.

The Esprit is more than an evolution, itís a redefinition.

Esprit Specification*

Layout: 2 seater, mid-engined, rear wheel drive
Engine: Petrol, hybrid optional
Hybrid technology: Optional KERS
Cylinder: V8
Capacity: 5.0 litre
Power/Torque: 620 PS / 720 Nm
Rev limit: 8,500 rpm
0-100 km/h: 3.4 seconds
Top speed: 330 km/h
CO2 approx (CO2/km): 250 g/km**
Weight: 1,450 kg
Seats: 2
Transmission: 7 Speed DCT
Drive: RWD
Start of production: End of 2012
Enters the market: Spring 2013

NOTE * All specifications subject to confirmation. Production version may vary.

**Using optional hybrid technolgy


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Lotus Eterne

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Lotus Eterne

Lotus Eterne

Enter the Eterne, the four door super saloon from Lotus. If the Elite is the return of elegance then the Eterne is elegance redefined.

The Lotus Eterne is a true four door, four seater sports GT. Itís the ultimate expression of refined style, sophistication and grace. But wait. An elegant, graceful sports car? Surely not.

A sports car by definition canít be graceful. Powerful, exciting, aggressive yes, but not graceful. Yet here it is, the ultimate paradox - the Eterne. Power and grace, performance and elegance, beauty and strength all in one stunning package.

With a 5.0 litre pressure charged V8 engine delivering up to 620 PS the Eterne is aiming for best in class performance and efficiency.

In keeping with the rest of the new line-up, the Eterne will benefit from hybrid technology.

Dany Bahar, Chief Executive Officer of Group Lotus, said: ďThe Eterne is sensational to look and as with the rest of the range it also over delivers in all other aspects as well. Similar to the Elite, itís a car of perfect contradictions, itís compact yet spacious, high performing yet low emitting, relative lightweight yet still reassuringly solid.Ē

ďWe truly believe that there is a market for the Eterne, there is nothing else like it out there both in terms of design, capacity and performance. The biggest difference between the Eterne and itís class competitors is that itís not an evolution of an existing two-door model, itís a deliberate and considered stand-alone creation. Itís the ultimate four door sports car.Ē

Sometimes there are no rules to be broken, so it is time to define them instead.

Eterne Specification *

Layout: 4 seater, front-mid-engined, rear wheel drive, all wheel drive is optional
Engine: Petrol, hybrid optional
Hybrid technology: Hybrid gearbox with integrated electric motors and KERS
Cylinder: V8
Capacity: 5.0 litre
Power/Torque: 620 PS / 720 Nm
Rev limit: 8,500 rpm
0-100 km/h: 4.0 seconds
Top speed: 315 km/h
CO2 approx (CO2/km): 220 g/km**
Weight: 1,800 kg
Seats: 4
Transmission: Full Hybrid transmission
Drive: RWD, AWD optional
Start of production: Early 2015
Enters the market: Spring 2015

NOTE * All specifications subject to confirmation. Production version may vary.

**Using optional hybrid


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