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    Lotus at Paris Auto Salon

    Esprit

    Layout 2 seater, mid-engined, rear wheel drive 
    Engine Petrol, hybrid optional 
    Hybrid technology Optional KERS 
    Cylinder V8 
    Capacity 5.0 litre 
    Power/Torque 620 PS / 720 Nm 
    Rev limit 8,500 rpm 
    0-100 km/h 3.4 seconds 
    Top speed 330 km/h 
    CO2 approx (CO2/km) 250 g/km** 
    Weight 1,450 kg 
    Seats 2 
    Transmission 7 Speed DCT 
    Drive RWD 
    Start of production End of 2012 
    Enters the market Spring 2013

    Price indication Circa £110,000 

     

    Elan

    Layout 2 seater, mid-engined, rear wheel drive 
    Engine Petrol, hybrid optional 
    Hybrid technology Optional KERS 
    Cylinder V8 
    Capacity 5.0 litre 
    Power/Torque 620 PS / 720 Nm 
    Rev limit 8,500 rpm 
    0-100 km/h 3.4 seconds 
    Top speed 330 km/h 
    CO2 approx (CO2/km) 250 g/km** 
    Weight 1,450 kg 
    Seats 2 
    Transmission 7 Speed DCT 
    Drive RWD 
    Start of production End of 2012 
    Enters the market Spring 2013

    Price indication Circa £110,000

     

     Elite

    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

     

    Elise

    Layout 2 seater, mid-engined, rear wheel drive 
    Engine Petrol with start/stop option 
    Hybrid technology Mild hybrid, i.e. start/stop technology 
    Cylinder 4 
    Capacity 2.0 litre 
    Power/Torque 320 PS / 330 Nm 
    Rev limit 7,800 rpm 
    0-100 km/h 4.3 seconds 
    Top speed 270 km/h 
    CO2 approx (CO2/km 150 g/km** 
    Weight 1,095 kg 
    Seats 2 
    Transmission 6 Speed Manual, DCT optional 
    Drive RWD 
    Start of production Early 2015 
    Enters the market Spring 2015 
    Price indication Circa £35,000

     

    Eterne

    Layout 4 seater, front-mid-engined, rear wheel drive, all wheel drive is optional 
    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 4.0 seconds 
    Top speed 315 km/h 
    CO2 approx (CO2/km) 220 g/km** 
    Weight 1,800 kg 
    Seats 4 
    Transmission Full Hybrid transmission 
    Drive RWD, AWD optional 
    Start of production Early 2015 
    Enters the market Spring 2015 
    Price indication Circa £120,000


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    Re: Lotus at Paris Auto Salon

    the Elan 

     

    the Elite


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    Re: Lotus at Paris Auto Salon

     the Elise 


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     the Esprit


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    Re: Lotus at Paris Auto Salon

     more photos here 

    http://s1232.photobucket.com/albums/ff370/johnnystorm1976/


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    Re: Lotus at Paris Auto Salon

    I am spechless...Smiley

    Looks like the Hotwheel collection of my son.Smiley

    BlueflameSmiley


    Re: Lotus at Paris Auto Salon

     WOW     those are all very good looking cars, the Elan is just amazing. And in good lotus tradition they should all perform very well. I hope their plan works out and they can start turning a profit on these models.


    Re: Lotus at Paris Auto Salon

    Wow wow wow I'm in love with the specs!


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    Re: Lotus at Paris Auto Salon

    Pentium:

    Wow wow wow I'm in love with the specs!

     Go for it Smiley  I'm always playing devil's advocate with your car choices Smiley


    Re: Lotus at Paris Auto Salon

    Wow, this looks very very promising. 

    Prices? Availability?


    Re: Lotus at Paris Auto Salon

    Thank you Gauss.  I have posted a link to this thread over on Lotustalk.com.  Hope you do not mind.  If so, I will take it down.


    Re: Lotus at Paris Auto Salon

     The Elan's spec is amazing, only 0.1 sec slower than the supercar Esprit in the century sprint ?? And it's a 2+2, but LIGHTER. 

    Btw who is Lotus chief designer ? What an amazing job he did, designing 5 cars more beautiful than most other cars on the show !


    Re: Lotus at Paris Auto Salon

    I wonder what the performance / engine specs are based off of, considering that likely no production versions of any of the cars exist.  Not sure how many test mules even exist.


    Re: Lotus at Paris Auto Salon

    shin:

    Btw who is Lotus chief designer ? What an amazing job he did, designing 5 cars more beautiful than most other cars on the show !

     Donato Coco, used to work in Ferrari and was part of the team that developed the California.


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    Enmanuel:
    shin:

    Btw who is Lotus chief designer ? What an amazing job he did, designing 5 cars more beautiful than most other cars on the show !

     Donato Coco, used to work in Ferrari and was part of the team that developed the California.

     Thanks! Wasn't he the one who penned the 458 as well ?


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    Wow im very impressed. I was probably too skeptical in all other Lotus threads reading about their expansion program. But boy oh boy have they done a good job. The lineup looks AMAZING and the performance figures of all new engines are impressive!! Well done, they found a design language that is modern, sleek and very Lotus. It's futuristic enough, yet also somehow very conservative. I love these. more pics.


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    shin:
    Enmanuel:
    shin:

    Btw who is Lotus chief designer ? What an amazing job he did, designing 5 cars more beautiful than most other cars on the show !

     Donato Coco, used to work in Ferrari and was part of the team that developed the California.

     Thanks! Wasn't he the one who penned the 458 as well ?

     I wasn't sure but after a small research his lineup is impressive. He was involved with the 430 Scud, 16M, 599XX, California, and finally the 458. 


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     What a program !!! They really look good and interesting. But Bringing so many new cars at once into the market seems just a bit unbelievable. I wonder how many will finally go into production ? and will they keep the announced specs ? ( I am sprightly septic on the weight )


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    wow...they'r really back in the game...

    where did the financing come from ?


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    intouch1:

     

    where did the financing come from ?

     Is it Petronas ?  It is a huge financial risk to launch so many new cars at once.....they better have very solid backup, many companies  have  great plans .... but finally give up because of the costs. Here it seems a bit 'grandiose' to me...


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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-11440488


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    First, I don't understand the commercial rationale. IMO this is the kind of ambitious plan that an already successful company would launch during an economic boom - not during the beginnings of a global economic recovery.

    The only markets IMHO where this may pay off are Russia, China, India, the Middle East and parts of South America. The recovery in Europe and North America is expected to remain slow.

    Second, this represents a major departure for Lotus. Lotus cars have been lightweight and priced at a certain pricepoint in the market. Lotus is now trying to reinvent itself - but this depends on attracting different buyers - who may not be interested in Lotus. It feels to me like Lotus wants to emulate Aston Martin.

    IMO a company should stay true to its identity - otherwise it risks losing its existing customers while not necessarily attracting its target customers.


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    I don't understand either why the new management tries to copy Ferrari and Lamborghini and Aston Martin. 

    Take the new Elise for example. Ok, it looks interesting (even if I can see a bit of VW scirocco and Lambo/Aston in it), but it is completely different from the original Elise. The new one is bulkier, more comfortable and heavier, or, to sum it up, it's a complete car now. Whereas the original Elise was a fun car, a weekend car. It was raw, spartan yes, but that's what also gave it its character. 

    I find many new models interesting, but I'm not sure whether this whole new era was really necessary. Lotus had their niche cars, why did they want to change a winning horse ?

    The new Elan also sounds promising, but if I compare the data sheet with the EvoraS, then I wonder, who's going to buy the Evora....well, we haven't seen the prices yet, maybe that's where the catch is.

    I'll be in Paris tomorrow until Sunday, I'll post some more pics when I return.


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    Re: Lotus at Paris Auto Salon

     here's a video of the new Elan 

     


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     the new Eteme

     


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     the new Elite

     


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     and the new Esprit. 

    I also think it wasn't a strategical good idea to show the new Esprit together with all the other prototypes. 

     


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    Re: Lotus at Paris Auto Salon

    easy_rider911:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-11440488

     In the UK, its network of 23 dealerships will be sharply reduced, perhaps to as few as three, while in Japan the number of Lotus dealerships will be cut from 27 to just six, he said.

    Smiley


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     the cars in motion : 

     


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