Lotus prepares for the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show

Article by Christian A., on September 2, 2011

Lotus will showcase plenty of sports cars at the Frankfurt Motor Show that begins mid-September. Its display will include three new models, a special edition, and two options on current models. At the 2010 Paris Auto Show, Lotus brought an array of concepts that was criticized by those who believed that the company didn’t do its homework.

At Frankfurt, Lotus will showcase the fresh Elise S, which will replace the Elise SC. This vehicle will be powered by a new 1.8-liter supercharged engine that has an output of 220 hp and will reportedly have a large torque figure.

Aside from offering more muscle, the Elise S will be friendlier to the environment too. No details have been released for the two other new models. So far, Lotus has hinted that one will offer a high-performance vehicle as it will be one of the fastest cars that it has ever created. The other one will enable Lotus to go back to a racing series. It’s likely that there will be a facelifted Exige version as well as an Exige Rally Car.

For the options, Lotus will display the entry-level 1.6-liter Elise, which is equipped with a Serial Precision Shift (SPS) automated manual gearbox that is offered in either an automatic mode or a sequential one, with paddles mounted on the steering wheel. Furthermore, the Evora S will get the Intelligent Precision Shift (IPS) paddle-fitted automatic transmission.

No less than Lotus’ most powerful car ever, the Evora GTE road car, will make an appearance at Frankfurt. This vehicle, which delivers 444hp and is built with numerous carbon fiber elements, was unveiled at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance but it was initially only created to be a limited edition for Asia. However, Lotus is now planning to show this model in other markets like the U.S.

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