Lotus Elite: official details, photos and specs released

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 20, 2010

With ten days ahead of the official unveiling at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, Lotus finally revealed us their big surprise, the so-called Esprit successor: behold the Elite! Set to redefine “modern classic", we have to admit that the car looks impressive, showing a compact yet chic body but also incorporating the latest technologies.

Although there are no photos showing it, this car will have a version with a slick retractable hard top, and what is more interesting is that the buyers can choose the optional use of hybrid technology with KERS technology borrowed from the F1.

The bad news is that the car is set to hit the dealerships in spring 2014, but honestly to tell you we’d wait this even for 6 years. Under the hood, we find a front-mid positioned 5.0-liter V8 engine delivering up to 620 PS (611 hp) and 720 Nm of torque, which means that the car can hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in approximately 3.5 to 3.7 seconds and has a top speed of 315 km/h or 195 mph.

The 2+2 seater is rear-wheel drive and its engine is mated to a hybrid gearbox. Regarding its price, according to Lexus, it will cost around £115,000 ($179,433 or €136,990).

Group Lotus CEO Dany Bahar shared that it can no longer be denied that while the Elite is truly beautiful to look at, there is more to it than appearance. Over-all, it is a car that is capable of delivering in other aspects. It is a car that embodies perfect contradiction, Bahar adds.

Bahar cites a few examples like how it is a compact vehicle yet offers a lot of space. While it has low emissions, performance remains high. Finally, the Elite is solid but remains lightweight. Bahar related that the company is proud of the Elite and believes that it is indeed incomparable when it comes to performance and style.

Bahar said that there is a sure market for this model as it provides the best sports car feel in terms of space and comfort. Some critics have said that Lotus should just focus on small sports cars. Bahar argued that when the company designed the Elite, it was as result of months of research and planning.

This particular sector has been successful for its Lotues and the introduction of the Elite merely pushes up the standard, Bahar concludes.

Press Release

The Lotus Elite

Ten days ahead of the official unveil at the Paris Motor Show the sun starts to rise for the dawn of Lotus' new era - the Elite will redefine "modern classic".

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 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 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 Elite – it's 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 didn't take the decision to design something like the 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 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.

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