liter V8 hybrid
- 3.7 seconds
(from Lotus Press
Release) The Lotus Elite
Ö.enjoy the new British Expression of Exclusivity
Ten days ahead of the
official unveil at the Paris Motor Show the sun starts to rise for
the dawn of Lotusí new era - the Elite will redefine ďmodern
So here it is, the Lotus Elite, the first taste of whatís to come
from Lotus in the future. Look up elegant in the dictionary and
youíll 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. Itís compact yet chic
body is elegance incarnate. Itís not only exquisitely elegant, in
keeping with Lotusí core values, itís 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: ďThereís no denying that the
Elite is breathtakingly beautiful to look at but itís so much more
than that, itís a car that over delivers in all other aspects as
well. One could say itís a car of perfect contradictions, itís
compact yet spacious, high performing yet low emitting, lightweight
yet still reassuringly solid. Itís 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.
ďMake no mistake, thereís a definite market requirement for the
Elite Ė itís 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 didnít take the decision to design
something like the Elite lightly, itís based on months of careful
research and planning. Itís worth noting this sector has been very
successful for us in the past and now the Elite raises the benchmark
Set for release in spring 2014, this is an innovative, exciting GT
that will set a new benchmark in design, performance and emissions.
And itís 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.
Layout: 2+2 seater, front-mid-engined, rear wheel drive
Hybrid technology: Hybrid gearbox with integrated electric
motors and KERS
Capacity: 5.0 litre
Power/Torque: 620 PS / 720 Nm
Rev limit: 8,500 rpm
0-100 km/h: 3.5 to 3.7 seconds
Top speed: 315 km/h
CO₂ approx (CO₂/km): 215 g/km**
Weight: 1,650 kg
Transmission: Full Hybrid transmission
Start of production: Early 2014
Enters the market: Spring 2014
Price indication: Circa £115,000
* Whilst the vehicle
shown in this release is a Production Intent Prototype, it
represents a concept vehicle being designed and developed by Lotus
Cars. Lotus Cars reserves the right to change the external and
internal design of the Production Intent Prototypes, the
specification, performance, dimensions, weight, fuel consumption,
powertrain details and any other product information at anytime and
without notice for any reason whatsoever.
Details of performance, weight, fuel consumption and other
production information relating to the Production Intent Prototypes
are not official or proven figures and represent the intended
performance, weight, fuel consumption and other product information
of the Production Intent Prototypes .
The design, specification and performance figures for all Production
Intent Prototypes will be confirmed following official testing and
will be available from Lotus Cars.
The price quoted includes VAT at 17.5%.
**Using optional hybrid
The main operating
subsidiary of Group Lotus plc is Lotus Cars Ltd, which has two
operating divisions Ė Lotus Engineering and Lotus Cars. Lotus
Engineering is an internationally recognised automotive engineering
consultancy based in Norfolk, UK. Global facilities include those in
Michigan (USA), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), China and offices in
Germany and Japan, with rapid expansion in new territories such as
South East Asia.
Lotus Engineering provides comprehensive and versatile consultancy
services to many of the world's OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers, offering
a full engineering service from initial concept and project design
through development and integration of the complete vehicle to meet
all worldwide markets and customers to full production. This
includes third party 'niche vehicle' engineering and manufacture
Lotus Cars builds world class, prestige, high performance sports
cars for sale in 37 countries. These include the iconic Lotus Elise,
the Exige, the 2-Eleven and Lotusí latest model, the Lotus Evora.
Lotus is a global high-tech company, expanding rapidly and committed
to driving forward technology for both Lotus Cars and its
Engineering clients, spearheading research into such areas as
hybrids, electric vehicles and renewable fuels.