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Old 29th September 2010, 14:46   #1
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Drivetrain
Transmission Full Hybrid transmission
Engine
Type: Petrol, hybrid optional
Cylinder V8
Engine & Transmission
Power bhp (kW) at RPM: 620 PS
Torque lb-ft (Nm) at RPM: 720 Nm
Exterior
Length 4.60m
Width 1.90m
Height 1.32m
Performance
Acceleration (0-100 km/h) 3.5 to 3.7 seconds
Top Speed 315 km/h


Ten days ahead of the official unveil at the Paris Motor Show the sun starts to rise for the dawn of Lotus’ new era - the Elite will redefine “modern classic”.

So here it is, the Lotus Elite, 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, 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 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: “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 this sector has been very successful for us in the past and now the Elite raises the benchmark higher still.” 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 5.0l 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.


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Old 29th September 2010, 16:40   #2
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Nice..looks sharp and the rear esp is really really clean. The exhaust tips though could have been different. Don't like the tips downwards.
The side profile though is very ala ferrari.
But wait..where have i seen that face earlier?? Some Lexus?
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Textbook GT styling,but with loads of modern,contemporary touches.Love the classic cuts and lines.I like!
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Finally a lotus that looks nice, all others so far have been too toyish looking. They did very well for their specs and were very rewarding to drive but were still very toyish.

Atleast this textbook GT styling is going to hot looking on the road.

Whats the price range on this?
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The side profile though is very ala ferrari.
Thats not such a bad thing, compared to where they are right now.

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But wait..where have i seen that face earlier?? Some Lexus?
I think it looks more like the mazda 6 concept doesnt it, more so than LF-A

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So it seems Lotus is also becoming ambitious and wants to get an entry into the supercar market. After Jaguar's latest concept and this, the supercar game is becoming more interesting. Watch out Ferrari, Lambo and Aston.

I would say a good clean and crisp looking car. Proton seems to be giving them the go ahead and make what they want. Waiting for the official launch car.

I for one am loving it that the asian owners of Jaguar and Lotus are giving them full support in what they want to do. Unlike cash strapped brit owners who had the creativity but never the money, or American owners who had the money but never the imagination.
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I love lotuses approach of lighter and faster.Simple construction with brilliant handling.
This breaks the mould though in terms of design and construction.I like the waistline and the rear.
Check out the wing mirror cameras!
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The front end looks a bit similar to the Honda s2000, especially the headlights!
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