2014 Lotus Elite To Debut

2010 Paris Auto Show

  • 2014 Lotus Elite Picture

    2014 Lotus Elite Picture

    New Lotus Elite weighs in at a post-millennial 3,600-plus pounds. After a Paris show debut, the Elite is slated to go on sale in early 2014. | September 20, 2010

2010 Paris Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • Lotus will unveil the 2014 Elite at the Paris auto show.
  • The Elite is said to be a "'production intent prototype."
  • Retractable hard-top and hybrid models are expected to be offered as well.

PARIS — Lotus Cars says its new Elite, which will debut at the 2010 Paris Auto Show later this month, will mark "the dawn of Lotus's new era." Dawn is a good characterization, since the two-plus-two is not slated to go into production until early 2014. The Elite on display at Paris is said to be a "production intent prototype."

The front-mid-engined Elite has a 5.0-liter V8 engine making 611 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque, good for a 0-to-60-mph time in the 3.5-second range. Top speed is 195 miles per hour. The engine is mated to a full-hybrid gearbox with integrated electric motors and KERS; a hybrid engine is planned to be optional.

It will also be available in a retractable-hardtop version. The Elite will weigh in at a relatively unsvelte 3,637 pounds, says Lotus.

Pricing is estimated to be about $179,000, including tax, when it goes on sale in spring 2014.

Edmunds.com says: Sleek beauty appears to be worth waiting for. — Laura Sky Brown, Correspondent

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