2014 Lotus Elite Concept makes North American debut at 2010 LA Auto Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 17, 2010

The next-generation Lotus Elite that was unveiled at the 2010 LA Auto Show will be available to the market in spring 2014. The Elite, deemed to offer a glimpse of what to expect from Lotus in the future, is described to be the start of a new era for the British automaker.

The Elite boasts of a 2+2 seat configuration, with a front-mid positioned 5.0l V8 engine that generates up to 620 PS.

This enables the Elite to go from zero to 62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 3.5 to 3.7 seconds. While the 2014 Elite is elegant and compact, Lotus attests that the Elite offers the latest technological innovations that the Company has come up with.

2014 Elite has the retractable hard top version and the alternative use of hybrid technology with KERS. The CEO of Group Lotus, Dany Bahar, says the Elite may be “breathtakingly beautiful” but that it “delivers in all other aspects as well.” He adds that, when it comes to performance and styling, no other car comes close to the 2014 Elite.

Press Release

Lotus Elite Concept

So here it is, the Lotus Elite, the first taste of what's to come from Lotus in the future. Look up elegant in the dictionary and you'll 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 Lotus Elite is exactly that. It's compact yet chic body is elegance incarnate. It's not only exquisitely elegant, in keeping with Lotus' core values, it's a car 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: "There's no denying that the Lotus Elite is breathtakingly beautiful to look at but it's so much more than that, it's a car that over delivers in all other aspects as well. 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 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, there's a definite market requirement for the Lotus Elite - it's the ultiimate 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 Lotus 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 Lotus Elite raises the benchmark higher still."

Set for release in spring 2014, this is an innovative, exciting GT that will set a new benchmark in design, performance and emissions. And it's 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 5.0l V8 engine delivering up to 620 PS meaning drivers can expect to go from 0-100 km/h in approximately 3.5 to 3.7 seconds.

Lotus Elite Specification

Layout: 2+2 seater, front-mid-engined, rear wheel drive
Length: 4.60m
Width: 1.90m
Height: 1.32m
Type: Petrol, hybrid optional
Hybrid technology: Hybrid gearbox with integrated electric motors and KERS
Cylinder: V8
Capacity: 5.0 litre
Power: 620 PS
Torque: 720 Nm
Rev limit: 8,500 rpm
0-100 km/h: 3.5 to 3.7 seconds
Top speed: 315 km/h
CO2 Emissions: 215 g/km (using optional hybrid)
Weight: 1,650 kg
Seats: 2+2
Transmission: Full Hybrid transmission
Drive: RWD
Start of production: Early 2014
Enters the market: Spring 2014
Price indication: ca. £115,000

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