2015 Lotus Elise Concept breaks cover at the 2010 Paris Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 30, 2010

Lotus unveiled today at the 2010 Paris Motor Show the Elise Concept, a new car set to make its official debut in 2015. The concept is inspired by the current Elise model and uses an extruded aluminium bonded chassis, albeit a little longer and with better access. Regarding the design, this is completely new and brings something from the 2014 Lotus Elite.

Just like the current model, the 2015 Elise will be available as a coupe or a roadster, while a sporty ‘R’ model is in the works.

Under the hood the car features a supercharged 2.0-litre Toyota four-cylinder unit that can deliver between 320 to 500 hp, depending on the spec. The engine will be mated to a twin-clutch manual gearbox plus Stop&Start.

An optional paddle-shifted automatic transmission will also be available. For this entry-level model, Lotus will not offer the hybrid KERS technology, used also by the Formula 1 cars.

The car has a total weight of 2,409-pound (1,029 kg) and can spring from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.3 seconds, while the top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph). Regarding the price, the 2015 Elise is expected to carry a price tag of around £40,000, or $63,000.

Lotus has had a redesign of its 2 seater Elise sports car. Having launched the Elise as an entry level vehicle, the company has put a great deal of effort into making it a motor the company could be proud of.

Lotus is appealing to the young, risqué driver with a passion for technology and engineering. This rear-drive, mid-engine car has gentle reminders of the previous Elise but the updated vehicle is loud and bold.

It is clear that it will appeal to the next generation of drivers. With this car, Lotus is staking a claim in the future automobile market. As the Chief Executive Officer for Lotus Danny Bahar said, the Elise offers “a proper introduction to the Lotus driving experience.” We cannot wait to put it to the test.

Press Release

Lotus Elise Concept

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

Aesthetically it's definitely pleasing to the eye, it's bold directional body gives you subtle hints of the Lotus Elise of old so it still seems a touch familiar but at the same time, it couldn't 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 - in simple terms, no more acrobatics but still all the fun you expect from the Lotus Elise.

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

"The Lotus 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 Lotus Elise model to the forefront of its class across the board."

"The design of the Lotus Elise 2015 is perfect for the target market, it's young, strong, confident, verging on ruthless, it mirrors the engineering and technology. It's the next generation Elise for a new generation of Lotus drivers."

Fear not though, despite the dramatic upgrades the Lotus 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 - albeit a quite aggressive and tension filled dream. With a 2.0 litre inline 4 pressure charged engine delivering up to 320 PS, the Lotus Elise 2015 should reach 0-100kph in under 4.5 seconds.

The Lotus Elise 2015, proving great things come to those who wait.

Lotus Elise 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 (with new technology)
Weight: 1,095 kg
Seats: 2
Transmission: 6 Speed Manual, DCT optional
Drive: RWD
Start of production: Early 2015
Enters the market: Spring 2015
Price indication: Circa £35,000

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