Paris 2010: Lotus Eterne
The fifth and final installment from the Lotus surprise pack at Paris this year is this four door sports saloon, the Eterne. It’s the company’s answer to the Aston Martin Rapide. So much so they even dared to borrow the swooping detail along the window line leading into the C-pillar.
Throwing Chapman’s lightness mantra even further out the window the Eterne weighs in at 1800kg. Still, for a big cruisy GT that’s probably not too bad in this day and age. The 620PS 5.0 litre V8 form the Esprit gets another guernsey here and propels the Eterne to 100km/h in 4.0 seconds, with a top speed of 315km/h.
Contradicting himself slightly Dany Bahar says, â€œWe truly believe that there is a market for the Eterne, there is nothing else like it out there both in terms of design, capacity and performance. The biggest difference between the Eterne and itâ€™s class competitors is that itâ€™s not an evolution of an existing two-door model, itâ€™s a deliberate and considered stand-alone creation. Itâ€™s the ultimate four door sports car.â€
More pics, video and official press release are available after the break.
Lotus Eterne: The Vision
The Statement of Intent
Enter the Eterne, the four door super saloon from Lotus. If the Elite is elegance incarnate then the Eterne is elegance redefined.
The Eterne is a true four door, four seater sports GT. Itâ€™s the ultimate expression of refined style, sophistication and grace. But wait. An elegant, graceful sports car? Surely not.
A sports car by definition canâ€™t be graceful. Powerful, exciting, aggressive yes, but not graceful. Yet here it is, the ultimate paradox -the Eterne. Power and grace, performance and elegance, beauty and strength all in one stunning package.
With a 5.0 litre pressure charged V8 engine delivering up to 620 PS the Eterne is aiming for best in class performance and efficiency.
In keeping with the rest of the new line-up, the Eterne will benefit from hybrid technology.
Dany Bahar, Chief Executive Officer of Group Lotus, said: â€œThe Eterne is sensational to look and as with the rest of the range it also over delivers in all other aspects as well. Similar to the Elite, itâ€™s a car of perfect contradictions, itâ€™s compact yet spacious, high performing yet low emitting, relative lightweight yet still reassuringly solid.â€
â€œWe truly believe that there is a market for the Eterne, there is nothing else like it out there both in terms of design, capacity and performance. The biggest difference between the Eterne and itâ€™s class competitors is that itâ€™s not an evolution of an existing two-door model, itâ€™s a deliberate and considered stand-alone creation. Itâ€™s the ultimate four door sports car.â€
Sometimes there are no rules to be broken, so it is time to define them instead.
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
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
Transmission: Full Hybrid transmission
Drive: RWD, AWD optional
Start of production: Early 2015
Enters the market: Spring 2015
Price indication: Circa Â£120,000
*Using optional hybrid