Lotus has come to the Paris Motor Show, and it means business. In total they have presented five new concept cars. This is the new Elan. It’s due for release in 2013 and features a 450PS V6 engine with a 7 speed DCT. The car weighs 1295kg and can reach 100km/h in 3.5 seconds with a top speed of 310km/h.
It looks pretty good don’t you think? Inside, there’s a hint of Ferrari 458 Italia with the digital display and centre console design.
Lotus CEO, Dany Bahar, reckons they’re on to a winner, â€œIf there was ever a car to make you drive the long way home, itâ€™s the Elan. Perfect for both road and track, the Elan not only ticks all the boxes, it creates new ones too.â€
More details after the break.
Lotus Elan: The Vision
The End of Compromise
As the old saying goes, you canâ€™t have your cake and eat it. In the past we were educated to believe we canâ€™t have it all. But that was the past. Todayâ€™s driver demands more and the Elan delivers.
The Elan is the beating heart of the new Lotus line-up. Itâ€™s a high performance sports car, that much is clear, itâ€™s a Lotus after all, but thanks to some clever innovations the Elan also has everyday usability too.
With a 2+2 variant, the Elan should be the only car you need.
Set for release during the second half of 2013, the Elan features a 4.0 litre V6 pressure charged engine capable of delivering up to 450 PS and taking into consideration its relative light weight of 1,295kg, the Elanâ€™s performance edges on supercar.
From a styling perspective, the Elan is built like an athlete with a muscular physique and perfect poise. Itâ€™s a thoroughbred, rigid with tension, ambitious and addictive, nothing but best in class will suffice for this car.
Itâ€™s not enough to simply provide performance and exceptional looks, innovation is also integral to the Elanâ€™s appeal. In keeping with the rest of the new Lotus range, the Elan features optional hybrid technology with KERS.
Dany Bahar, Chief Executive Officer of Group Lotus, said: â€œIf there was ever a car to make you drive the long way home, itâ€™s the Elan. Perfect for both road and track, the Elan not only ticks all the boxes, it creates new ones too.â€
â€œThe Elan will convert people to Lotus, I would challenge people not to become addicted to driving it. It will also go a long way towards dispelling the old misconceptions about this class, that in order to have high performance you must sacrifice usability â€“ those days are gone.â€
â€œOnce you drive an Elan you wonâ€™t look back, it will give you things you didnâ€™t even realise you were missing â€“ thatâ€™s the essence of Lotus and the Elan perfectly captures that spirit.â€
One car, zero compromise.
Layout: 2 seater (optional 2+2), mid-engined, rear wheel drive
Engine: Petrol, hybrid optional
Hybrid technology: Optional KERS
Capacity: 4.0 litre
Power/Torque: 450 PS / 465 Nm
Rev limit: 7,800 rpm
0-100 km/h: 3.5 seconds
Top speed: 310 km/h
CO2 approx (CO2/km): 199 g/km*
Weight: 1,295 kg
Transmission: 7 Speed DCT
Start of production: Summer 2013
Enters the market: Autumn 2013
Price indication: Circa Â£75,000
*Using optional hybrid