Lotus Elite (2014–)

Last updated 26 March 2015

Stunning looks, promises performance and refinement, available with hybrid technology.
Never became a production reality.
Updated 20 September 2010
Lotus Elite unveiled

The Lotus Elite is 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,...

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Introduction

Lotus is set to launch an all new model that uses a classic Lotus name of the past - the Elite. This stunning newcomer marks the beginning of a raft of new models from the sports car manufacturer which will combine classic Lotus attributes of lightweight construction and handling with refinement and quality.

Lotus says the Elite will redefine the idea of a 'modern classic' and judging by the pictures, this elegantand well-proportioned Lotus certainly has the looks to do that. It wll also incorporate some of the very latest technological innovationsLotus has to offer. A retractable hard top version and the optional use of hybrid technology with KERS are two examples of Lotus tailoring technology to deliver performance.

Designed as a GT, the front-mid-engined Elite is rear-wheel drive and at 4.6 metres long, similar in length to an Audi A5 with a two plus two seating layout. Power comes from monster 5.0-litre V8 engine with 620bhp that revs to 8500rpm and can cover the 0-62mph benchmark in 3.5 seconds with a top speed of 196mph.

It will also be available with a hybrid powerplant as an option. This uses an electric motor alongside the petrol engineand with the lightweight body (of 1650kg) it can emits just 215g/km of CO2, helped by the use of KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) which was used by several manufacturer's in the 2009 Formula One system.

 

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