Lotus Elite debut in Paris [video]

A 2+2 hardtop convertible

The Lotus Elite has been unveiled at the Paris Motor Show.

On sale in 2014, the Elite is a 2+2 hardtop convertible which measures 4.60m long, 1.90m wide, and 1.32m tall. Styling is virtually identical to the Eterne four-door coupe, but there are minor differences including revised taillights and a sportier dual exhaust system.

Power comes from a front-mid mounted 5.0-liter V8 engine which produces 620 PS (456 kW / 612 hp) and 720 Nm (531 lb-ft) of torque. This enables the Elite to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 3.7 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 315 km/h (196 mph).

A hybrid variant will also be offered and it will use a Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) and a transmission with two integrated electric motors. While the company is staying mum on details, Lotus said the hybrid will have CO2 emissions as low as 215 g/km.

Pricing is expected to start at £115,000 which puts the Elite between the £99,900 Maserati GranCabrio and the £124,000 Aston Martin DB9 Volante.

Source: Lotus

Lotus Elite: The Vision

A New British Expression of Exclusivity

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 and the optional use of hybrid technology with KERS are typical examples of Lotus tailoring technology to deliver perfect performance.

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 5.0 litre V8 engine delivering up to 620 PS meaning drivers can expect to go from 0-100 km/h in approximately 3.7 seconds.

Dany Bahar, Chief Executive Officer 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 that total 2+2 production represented over 20 per cent of Lotus build between 1948 and 1996 (pre small car platform) and 11 per cent over all, this sector has been very successful for us in the past and now the Elite raises the benchmark higher still."

The Elite will redefine "modern classic".

Elite Specification *

Layout: 2+2 seater, front-mid-engined, rear wheel drive
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: 3.7 seconds
Top speed: 315 km/h
CO2 approx (CO2/km): 215 g/km**
Weight: 1,650 kg
Seats: 2+2
Transmission: Full Hybrid transmission
Drive: RWD
Start of production: Early 2014
Enters the market: Spring 2014
Price indication: Circa £115,000

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

**Using optional hybrid technology


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Comments (19)

radmeister radmeister
Why does this have 620ps and the Esprit only 550, what a joke.
Oct 4th, 2010 8:34pm
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Or the side like Ferrari California?
Oct 4th, 2010 5:13pm
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TurboS2010 TurboS2010
Does anyone else think the front of the car looks like a Mazda RX8?
Oct 4th, 2010 4:46am
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urbangti urbangti
Or the rear looking like a Maserati GranTurismo?
Oct 4th, 2010 9:15am
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TheAlchemist TheAlchemist
RX8?!?!?!, this is farrrrr better. kinda agree w the GT comment though.
Oct 6th, 2010 8:46am
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Ratt Ratt
I like them all
Oct 3rd, 2010 10:49pm
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joelynn joelynn
as good as it looks why has the roof mechanism not actually been demonstrated in reality- it suggests they havent actually figured out how to make it work.
Oct 3rd, 2010 10:38pm
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Looks refreshing, for a Lotus! Lotus wanted to go upmarket... so I understand the feelings of Lotus enthusiasts. Similar to Porsche, Lotus would need to branch out to new market niches to seek $$$ ka-ching! $$$ to attract new clients or existing Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, etc clients to develop new low-frills and highly entertaining cars. This is how the world goes round.
Oct 3rd, 2010 12:38pm
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buruchaga buruchaga
i don't see the point of lotus coming out with these cars as far back a 2014. What would be so unique then that we wouldn't have seen? Volvo showed a concept car like this or better, set to come out soon.
Oct 3rd, 2010 12:32pm
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BavarianMS BavarianMS
I don't have much to say about the car except the fact that it looks great and rather interesting. Different from what we have seen from other manufacturers which is a good thing
Oct 3rd, 2010 10:24am
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Prancing Horse Prancing Horse
Another knockout from Lotus,if Lotus can really produce all these concepts and keep good price points they could become a major player in the sport/luxury division.
Oct 3rd, 2010 5:22am
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Bojassem Bojassem
So now what? 5 new cars at a single motor show?
Oct 3rd, 2010 5:09am
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jerry05cod4 jerry05cod4
what is the point of this car!! they already introduced the Eterne which is virtually identical, so what is the point of this one? also they are going with the audi/bmw strategy of making all their cars look identical! wtf!!
Oct 3rd, 2010 4:13am
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Aesthetics Aesthetics
valid point
Oct 3rd, 2010 7:02am
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Joe_Limon Joe_Limon
Eterne=4 doors Elite=2 doors
Oct 3rd, 2010 9:11am
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mickey_f1 mickey_f1
After all the computer graphics used for the last 4 concepts I think it's time for Lotus to release a video game! Anyway... this one is at least a little bit different than the other 3. Not bad.
Oct 3rd, 2010 4:11am
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Bojassem Bojassem
I loved everything about it... till I read its price.
Oct 3rd, 2010 2:10am
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Dude von Dudenstein Dude von Dudenstein
Nice car. I never really liked Lotus but this one and the new Esprit are nice.
Oct 3rd, 2010 1:34am
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charlemagne charlemagne
I could love this one...nice car indeed
Oct 3rd, 2010 12:55am
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