It's the lead-up to the Paris Motor Show, and the first pictures of what promises to be one of the event's stars have been revealed. The Lotus Elite is packed with the latest technological innovations - the retractable hard top version will be a Lotus first, and the optional use of hybrid technology with KERS will be big sellers when the car hits the market in 2014.
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. A front-mid engind 5-litre V8 engine will deliver up to 600bhp-plus, giving an estimated 0-60mph time of 3.5 to 3.7 seconds.