Lotus’ Paris Autoshow Unveilings!

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Lotus unveiled 5 new concept cars today that will swing into full production by 2013. I’m hotly anticipating every single one of them and really want the new Elise and Elan models myself! Here’s a picture of each as well as the details and juicy bits.

Lotus Elise

Weight: 2,400lbs
Engine: 2.0L 4-cylinder
Horsepower: 320 horsepower
Seating: 2
Top Speed: N/A
Cost: $55,000 starting price
Gearbox: 6-speed manual or automatic with paddle-shift
0-60: 4.3 seconds

Lotus Elan

Weight: 2,849lbs
Engine: 4.0L V6
Horsepower: 450 horsepower
Seating: 2 (optional 2+2)
Top Speed: 193mph
Cost: $118,000 starting price
Gearbox: 7-speed dual-clutch with flappy-paddles
0-60: 3.5 seconds

Lotus Esprit

Weight: N/A
Engine: 5.0L V8
Horsepower: 620 horsepower
Seating: 2
Top Speed: 205mph
Cost: $175,000 starting price
Gearbox: N/A (probably 7-speed dual-clutch with flappy-paddles)
0-60: “under 3.5 seconds”

Lotus Elite

Weight: 3,600lbs
Engine: 5.0L V8
Horsepower: 611 horsepower
Seating: 2+2 with retractable hard top
Top Speed: 193mph
Cost: $180,000 starting price
Gearbox: N/A (probably 7-speed dual-clutch with flappy-paddles)
0-60: “less than four seconds”

Lotus Eterne

Weight: N/A
Engine: 5.0L V8
Horsepower: 620 horsepower
Seating: 4
Top Speed: 196mph
Cost: $190,000 starting price
Gearbox: N/A (probably 7-speed dual-clutch with flappy-paddles)
0-60: 4.0

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