2011 Frankfurt Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- Lotus plans to show three new cars — none of which, sadly, appear to be headed to the States.
- The Elise S, powered by a new supercharged 1.8-liter engine, replaces the outgoing Elise SC in Europe.
- The company hints that one of its Frankfurt debutantes will be "one of the quickest road cars Lotus has ever built" while the other "marks the return of Lotus to another adrenaline-filled motorsport discipline."
HETHEL, England — At the upcoming 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, Group Lotus plans to unveil three new cars, none of which, sadly, appears to be headed to the States.
The only one mentioned by name ahead of the show is the Elise S, which replaces the outgoing Elise SC in Europe. The Elise S features a new supercharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 218 horsepower, with more torque and better fuel economy.
Of the other two unnamed debutantes, the company says the first will be "one of the quickest road cars Lotus has ever built," while the other "marks the return of Lotus to another adrenaline-filled motorsport discipline."
Also slated to appear on the Frankfurt stand is the recently introduced 439-hp Evora GTE, which was designed originally for China, with production now being expanded for the European market.
Last month, Lotus said it is ending North American production of the Elise and Exige, while offering "final editions" of each.
Edmunds.com says: More good news from Lotus — for European customers.