Tired of settling for second best? Do you want the power of a race car but your requirement is that it should be road legal? Then your wishes have been answered in the form of the 2013 Elan Lotus. This high performance sports car is, as the French would put it, a ‘pièce de résistance’ of the Lotus line up.
With a 2+2 variant, 4.0 litre, V6 pressure charged engine and a light weight of only 1,295 kg, this is one serious package. It is capable of delivering up to 450 HP and 465 Nm of torque. Travelling at 0 to 60 mph is achieved in 3.5 seconds and it boasts a rev limit of 7,800rpm.
It is versatile as well with a 7 speed DCT transmission and rear wheel driving, allowing the Elan to adapt to most terrains. If this car was a human, it would be Jamaican Olympic winner Usain Bolt. Like him, the vehicle is lean and muscular and ready to race.
It’s at the top of its class when it comes to performance and it can compete with a top speed of 310 km per hour. Leaving its competitors behind at the starting line, the 2013 Elan has the performance and technology to be the best.
The vehicle is expected to go into production in the Summer of 2013 and will be in the showrooms towards Autumn of the same year. It comes with the option to have a petrol or hybrid motor. CO2 emissions are at an impressive 199 g/km with the hybrid. It is priced at around £75,000.