The brand that has captured the attention at Paris Motor Show 2010 is definitely Lotus and their concept supercars. But how many they have brought? Lotus presented at the Paris Motor Show an incredible amount of news. We speak of five totally new models. The “Dawn of a New Era” for the House of Hethel, announced for months by the CEO Dany Bahar, took in the French capital these awesome concepts – the new Esprit, Elan, Elite, Elise and the most unusual: Eterne. All these models come into production and will be available, some with hybrid option with the KERS device, apart from the Lotus Elise that will be made a Mild Hybrid version.
The most important is the Lotus Esprit of the third millennium, powered by the 5.0 liter V8 Toyota source from 620 bhp and 720 Nm of torque, paired with 7-speed DCT gearbox. This combination will allow the Lotus Esprit technique to achieve a top speed of 330 km/h, accelerating from 0 to 100 in 3.4 seconds. The new supercar Lotus Esprit will go into production in Hethel late 2012 and will be the first model that will debut on the market in spring 2013 at a price of £110,000, about 130,000 euro.
Lotus Elan has revived the name for the sporty coupe equipped with the new 4.0 liter V6 engine – Toyota always the source – from 450 bhp and 465 Nm of torque, which is also coupled to the 7-speed DCT gearbox. In addition, the other supercar from Hethel also ensures a low CO2 emissions: 199 g/km of CO2, reaching a top speed of 310 km/h and covering the cue 0-100 km/h in just 3.5 seconds. Lotus Elan will go into production in summer 2013 and will be available in fall same year, also in 2 versions at a price of £75,000, equivalent to 90,000 euro.
Among other historical names is also the Lotus Elite a hybrid convertible supercar, moved by the same engine of Esprit. Lotus Elite has a top speed of 315 km/h and accelerates from 0 to 100 in 3.7 seconds. Lotus Elite will enter into production in early 2014 and debut on the market in the summer of that year, at a price of 115,000 pounds, amounting to approximately 135,000 euro.
However, the most interesting feature is represented by the third generation of the Lotus Elise, expected mid 2015. Under the hood is housed another Toyota four-cylinder 2.0 engine with 320 bhp and 330 Nm of torque, with a supercharged, a start/stop device and manual gearbox or 6-speed sequential DCT. As per tradition, the new Elise combines low weight – 1095 kg – a significant performance: 270 km/h top speed and 0-100 in 4.3 seconds. In addition, emissions of CO2 amount to just 150 g/km. The new Lotus Elise will be introduced in the summer of 2015, the price of 35,000 pounds, equivalent to about 40,000 euro.
Finally they have presented Lotus Eterne , the novel 4-door sedan. It will be a supercar that will combine comfort and performance, estimated at 315 km/h top speed and 4 seconds flat to go from 0 to 100. The Lotus Eterne enter into production in early 2015 and will be introduced to the market during the summer following, at a price of £ 120,000 amounted to about 140,000 euro.