Lotus surprised us at the 2010 Paris Motor Show by revealing the new 2013 Elan Concept, a high-performance 2+2 sports car set to make its debut in the second half of 2013. The car is powered by a 4.0-liter V6 engine delivering up to 450 PS and 465 Nm of torque at 7,800 rpm. Mated to a 7-speed DCT transmission, the mid-engined, rear-wheel drive car can hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.5 seconds and has a top speed of 310 km/h or 192 mph.
The car has a total weight of 1,295 kg and will be available with an optional hybrid technology with KERS, same used in Formula 1. Regarding its price, Lotus indicates a starting price of £75,000 or $118,000.
Dany Bahar, Chief Executive Officer of Group Lotus, said: “If there was ever a car to make you drive the long way home, it’s the 2013 Elan. Perfect for both road and track, the 2013 Elan not only ticks all the boxes, it creates new ones too.” “The 2013 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 – those days are gone.” “Once you drive an 2013 Elan you won’t look back, it will give you things you didn’t even realise you were missing – that’s the essence of Lotus and the 2013 Elan perfectly captures that spirit.”