Lotus pays homage with Evora S GP Edition

October 17th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

To honour the Lotus Renault Formula One Grand Prix team, Lotus has built an exclusive new special edition. Named the Lotus Evora S GP Edition, just three examples of the striking coupe will be produced.

Each of the vehicles will be highly specified, packing all the usual treats of the standard Evora S, plus the Premium Pack with SuedeTex trim.  Lotus’ Tech Pack is also part of the deal, along with a set of forged diamond cut design 19-inch wheels.

It’s the paint scheme that really makes this special edition stand out. Each version is elegantly uniformed in a gold-and-black paint scheme that pays homage to the Lotus Renault Formula One Grand Prix race livery. This livery itself is a tribute to the John Player Special Lotus of old. So in an odd way it’s a homage of a homage or two homages deep if you prefer. If you’re keen you’ll need to get together £69,950 (or $137,700 at current conversion rates) and head over to the UK, even then, they’ll probably be all gone already. Continue reading “Lotus pays homage with Evora S GP Edition” »

Lotus pulls covers off 2012 Exige S at Frankfurt show

September 16th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

British carmaker Lotus has dropped the covers on its heavily facelifted 2012 Lotus Exige S and Exige R-GT at this week’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

The reworked 2012 Lotus Exige S is powered by a 3.5 litre supercharged V6 engine that produces 257 kW (345 hp). It’s a huge amount of power for a car that weighs just 1080kg, so it’s power-to-weight ratio is very impressive.

In terms of styling the Exige facelift has a new one piece bumper/bonnet clip along with new headlights. The rear also receives treatment with an integrated boot lid spoiler, large bolt-on wing and lower diffuser.

The 2012 Lotus Exige S will go on sale in Europe with a choice of two options packages – Premium and Premium Sport – and three drive modes: Touring, Sport and DPM off. If you’re hell-bent on taking your Lotus to the track then a fourth drive mode, Race, can be bought as part of the Race Pack option. Continue reading “Lotus pulls covers off 2012 Exige S at Frankfurt show” »

Lotus Evora GTE concept to debut at Pebble Beach

August 17th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

The new Lotus Evora GTE Road Car Concept will be unveiled at the Pebble Beach Conours d’Elegance event in the USA today.

This road-read concept draws inspiration from the Lotus Evora GTE race car which was developed to be successful in the new global motorsport GTE category, which includes endurance races like the Le Mans 24 Hours.

This high-strung Evora GTE Road Car concept produces around 315kW from its race-developed engine, fed through a sequential AMT racing gearbox and put to the pavement through ultra-lightweight forged alloy wheels with center-lock hubs wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tyres. Continue reading “Lotus Evora GTE concept to debut at Pebble Beach” »

Nissan developing all-new sports car to challenge MX-5

August 3rd, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

According to recent reports coming out of Europe, Nissan has entered into full development of a new budget sports car that will challenge the Mazda MX-5’s dominance in this market.

Apparently the sporting model will use a completely new platform that may be sourced from Daimler. This is the same platform pegged for the next-gen Nissan 370Z. Nissan is also in discussions with Lotus to collaborate on the car’s handling.

Engine options and power outputs remain a mystery for now but there are rumours Nissan may use either hybrid power or a fully electric system for this new machine. Continue reading “Nissan developing all-new sports car to challenge MX-5” »

New Lotus Esprit on track for 2013 but Elan is delayed

May 24th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Lotus sure came out swinging at last year’s Paris Motor Show, it revealed a gang of five different concept cars and spoke of grand ambitious for the coming years. The five concept vehicles that were revealed include the striking new Elan (pictured), Elise, Elite, Esprit and Eterne. Not much has been heard since until fresh news out of Lotus with updates on two of them.

Of all the concepts it is the new Esprit halo car which is receiving Lotus’ main attention. The new flagship model is still on track to arrive in production form by 2013. By comparison, the new Elan has been severely postponed and may not be seen before the end of 2016. Why? The fault may lay with the Lotus Evora.

Lotus had planned to shut down Evora production so that it could give way to the Elan but now, company management has decided that the Evora will receive a longer “traditional model cycle” with the possibility of a second-generation. If the Evora does continue into its next generation, it will put the Elan’s entire existence into question. Continue reading “New Lotus Esprit on track for 2013 but Elan is delayed” »

Lotus releases promo video for 2013 Elan

October 14th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Lotus has just released a promo video showing off its new 2013 Lotus Elan which had its debut recently at the Paris Auto Show (read news).

If development goes to plan the 2013 Lotus Elan will be priced at around 75,000 GBP and will be placed between the future Elise and Esprit models in the Lotus range.

The Elan will be powered by a mid-mounted 4.0 litre V6 engine that will send 331kW and 465 Nm of torque to the rear treads. This powerhouse 6-cylinder will be matched to a 7-speed DCT transmission that will help take the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.5 seconds. The top speed has been rated, although not tested yet, at 310 km/h.

Check out the Lotus Elan promo video below. Continue reading “Lotus releases promo video for 2013 Elan” »

New Lotus Elan unveiled – sets sights on 911

October 4th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

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).

Toyota and Lotus to continue strong relationship

September 20th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Lotus celebrated its successful relationship with Toyota at the British Embassy in Tokyo where Lotus CEO Dany Bahar presented Toyota Motor Corporation President Akio Toyoda with a specially equipped Lotus Elise powered by the last ever Toyota 2ZZ-GE VVTL-i engine.  The occasion marked the end of an era and the start of an even stronger relationship between the two companies.

As part of the celebration, Lotus CEO Dany Bahar said: “The presentation of Toyota’s last 2ZZ engine in the Elise is a symbolic gesture of our continued respect and deep appreciation for our partner not only acknowledging our past but also looking forward to our future together.”

Toyota Motor Corporation President Akio Toyoda responded saying “a Toyota engine in a Lotus car creates a completely unique drive feeling — a special blend featuring the best of Lotus and Toyota.”

Based on the successful cooperation with Toyota so far, Lotus has decided to take the relationship with Toyota to a new level that will enable Lotus to create tailor-made powertrain solutions for future Lotus cars.

For more details on exactly how Lotus will be partnering with Toyota in the future, simply look to the Lotus global unveiling at the Paris Motor Show on September 30th where Lotus will showcase their new line up to the world’s media.

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