New Lotus Elan unveiled – sets sights on 911

New Lotus Elan unveiled – sets sights on 911

Many readers will remember the Lotus Elan from the early 90’s, while that model never achieved greatness Lotus is having another crack with an all-new Elan. The concept has just been unveiled in Paris and it is scheduled for production in 2013.

While its styling looks more Japanese than British, this new performance coupe is aiming to become a legitimate rival to the Porsche 911.

While Lotus acknowledge this isn’t going to be easy it feels quietly confident in this newest model. Power comes from a mid-mounted 4.0-litre V6 engine with 331 kW on tap and 465 Nm (343 lb-ft) of toque. It is backed up by a seven-speed DCT transmission, which allows the lightweight 1,295 kg car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 3.5 seconds and continue on to a top speed of 310 km/h. If that’s too much grunt for you, perhaps you’ll be interested in the hybrid variant also scheduled for production.

The Elan will carry a base price of approximately £75,000 ($159,000 NZ).

Many readers will remember the Lotus Elan from the early 90’s, while that model never achieved greatness Lotus is having another crack with an all-new Elan. The concept has just been unveiled in Paris and it is scheduled for production in 2013.

While its styling looks more Japanese than British, this new performance coupe is aiming to become a legitimate rival to the Porsche 911.

While Lotus acknowledge this isn’t going to be easy it feels quietly confident in this newest model. Power comes from a mid-mounted 4.0-litre V6 engine with 331 kW on tap and 465 Nm (343 lb-ft) of toque. It is backed up by a seven-speed DCT transmission, which allows the lightweight 1,295 kg car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 3.5 seconds and continue on to a top speed of 310 km/h. If that’s too much grunt for you, perhaps you’ll be interested in the hybrid variant also scheduled for production.

The Elan will carry a base price of approximately £75,000 ($159,000 NZ).

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