Lotus Eterne four-door sedan surprise reveal in Paris

 Lotus Eterne four-door sedan surprise reveal in Paris
Lotus Eterne four-door sedan live in Paris

Launch scheduled for 2015

Lotus has stuned the media with the Eterne four-door coupe unveiling at the Paris Motor Show today.

Details are limited, but the car is based on 2014 Elite. This means power will likely be provided by a 5.0-liter V8 engine with 620 PS (456 kW / 612 hp) and 720 Nm (531 lb-ft) of torque. A hybrid variant will also be offered and it will use a Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) and, possibly, a Lexus-sourced transmission with two integrated electric motors.

Set to go on sale in 2015, the Eterne will carry a base price of approximately £120,000.  Stay tuned for more photos and details.

Source: Lotus

Lotus Eterne: The Vision

The Statement of Intent

Enter the Lotus Eterne, the four door super saloon from Lotus. If the Elite is elegance incarnate then the Lotus Eterne is elegance redefined.

The Lotus Eterne is a true four door, four seater sports GT. It's the ultimate expression of refined style, sophistication and grace. But wait. An elegant, graceful sports car? Surely not.

A sports car by definition can't be graceful. Powerful, exciting, aggressive yes, but not graceful. Yet here it is, the ultimate paradox - the Lotus Eterne. Power and grace, performance and elegance, beauty and strength all in one stunning package.

With a 5.0 litre pressure charged V8 engine delivering up to 620 PS the Lotus Eterne is aiming for best in class performance and efficiency.

In keeping with the rest of the new line-up, the Lotus Eterne will benefit from hybrid technology.

Dany Bahar, Chief Executive Officer of Group Lotus, said: "The Lotus Eterne is sensational to look and as with the rest of the range it also over delivers in all other aspects as well. Similar to the Elite, it's a car of perfect contradictions, it's compact yet spacious, high performing yet low emitting, relative lightweight yet still reassuringly solid."

"We truly believe that there is a market for the Lotus Eterne, there is nothing else like it out there both in terms of design, capacity and performance. The biggest difference between the Lotus Eterne and it's class competitors is that it's not an evolution of an existing two-door model, it's a deliberate and considered stand-alone creation. It's the ultimate four door sports car." Sometimes there are no rules to be broken, so it is time to define them instead.

Lotus Eterne Specification *


Layout: 4 seater, front-mid-engined, rear wheel drive, all wheel drive is optional
Engine: Petrol, hybrid optional
Hybrid technology: Hybrid gearbox with integrated electric motors and KERS
Cylinder: V8
Capacity: 5.0 litre
Power/Torque: 620 PS / 720 Nm
Rev limit: 8,500 rpm
0-100 km/h: 4.0 seconds
Top speed: 315 km/h
CO2 approx (CO2/km): 220 g/km**
Weight: 1,800 kg
Seats: 4
Transmission: Full Hybrid transmission
Drive: RWD, AWD optional
Start of production: Early 2015
Enters the market: Spring 2015
Price indication: Circa £120,000

*Please refer to the ‘Further Information’ section in the Media Kit for information relating to this specification.

**Using optional hybrid

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Captain Scarlett
Well .. it's thought, and it looks better than the hideous Lambo thing.
Oct 1, 2010 11:32 pm
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This is one slick design.
Oct 1, 2010 1:54 pm
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This is a Lootus!
Oct 1, 2010 12:10 pm
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Im surprised nobody made any reference to the Lambo. Estoque, this ridiculously looks like one...to be honest much of the new Lotus design language looks like a lambo. Anyways, all of these lotus releases are a bit too much, either they are really confused or they are missing some sort of product strategy
Oct 1, 2010 10:40 am
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this is the new Era of Lotus. let's wait a couple of years to see how this turns out.
Oct 1, 2010 5:32 am
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very handsome for a 4 door
Sep 30, 2010 11:09 pm
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Someone correct me on this if I'm wrong. Elise -- premium Miata, Evora -- Cayman, Elan -- 911 Carrera, Elite -- California, Esprit -- 458 Italia, Eterne -- Panamera.
Sep 30, 2010 10:35 pm
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I Still think Lotus can not afford producing all this range
Oct 1, 2010 10:02 am
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why have they released all the images at the same time? surely a move upmarket should be done model release by model release.... not in one foul swoop, im confused in which segment each of the cars fall into mainly due to the use of old car names that have nothin todo with the segment they are now competeing.....oh but i love the fact they have release that bag of shit city car at the same time to reduce its co2 emissions......
Sep 30, 2010 5:32 pm
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Okey mate, here we go. You know the elise goes at the bottom, then you now have the new elan which fills the gap between the elise and esprit! so then you have: (From little to big) Elise Elan Esprit This Eterne is in another segment entirely though.
Sep 30, 2010 9:26 pm
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Karmas Fisker meets Tesla 4-door Coupe but sill not that bad!
Sep 30, 2010 3:52 pm
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I'm starting to think that Lotus have actually lost it... [BTW, I'm using the new mobile site. It's working well!]
Sep 30, 2010 3:00 pm
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This looks promising.
Sep 30, 2010 2:52 pm
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What about the other 4 lotus releases? I want to know more about the new Esprit!
Sep 30, 2010 2:35 pm
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The design of this car is very similar to Elite Concept. If production starts I wonder if they're going to find the customers which forget about CLS, Panamera or even Rapide to buy a Lotus 4-Door-Sedan. I doubt.
Sep 30, 2010 2:31 pm
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Very un-Lotus like. Big and heavy, big V8, it just isn't Lotus.
Sep 30, 2010 2:26 pm
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It's nice but looks too much like the Karma Fisker. This whole new design language (hatchbach meets sedan) is not doing for me. Too many new cars alike- Aston Rapide, Porche Panamera, A7, 5-series GT, now this... they all tried to follow the CLS (Im not a Benz fanboy) but every time it just looks "meh"
Sep 30, 2010 2:13 pm
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Not all of them have been bad. The Rapide still looks like and Aston.
Sep 30, 2010 2:27 pm
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Is it me or the butt actually looks like Panamera's butt!
Sep 30, 2010 2:12 pm
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Just you.
Oct 1, 2010 1:54 pm
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