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More Official Pictures of Lotus' Concepts

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On: Fri, Dec 24, 2010 at 10:14AM | By: Chris Weiss

More Official Pictures of Lotus' Concepts

At the Paris Motor Show, Lotus opened its floodgates and showed the world six brand-new concepts. The concepts were a look into the retooled future in Hethel, a future that will focus on hard-lined, performance-oriented super—and sports—cars, rather than the small, light, modestly powered two-seaters like the Elise and Exige models that have dominated Lotus offerings in the 21st century. At show time, we got to know each concept both inside and out.

If we had one complaint about Lotus concept barrage, it would have to be a few of the color choices. The dark green that coated the Esprit—the most anticipated of Lotus new models—just didn't quite accentuate its curves or good looks.

Luckily, Lotus has righted that small wrong, in releasing new photos of not only the Esprit, but also the new Elise, Elan, and Elite on its Facebook page. According to Autocar, the company will also update the page with new Eterne and City Car pictures in the near future, rounding out its six-car line-up.

The Esprit and the Elise appear in ever-neutral white, not exactly the most dynamic color for a sports car, but preferable to the green suit of Paris (in my opinion, at least). Meanwhile, the Elan appears in yellow and the Elite in silver. All look pretty damn good.

The flagship Esprit brings back one of Lotus' most iconic cars, a car that it discontinued earlier in the decade. The new model is more powerful than ever, with 620 horses derived from a pressurized V8 engine. The Elite 2 + 2 uses a charged 542-hp V8.

The Elan is a toned-down 2 + 2 with a 450-hp 4.0-liter V6. The Elise, Lotus' only current model included in its flock of Paris concepts, will get redesigned for its next release, and will be powered by a 320-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder.

Recent statements from CEO Dany Bahar indicate that Lotus may not only redefine itself in terms of the styling and performance of its cars, but also in terms of powertrains. Bahar stated that Lotus is currently looking at developing its own V8 engine for the Esprit, as well as a V6 engine for the Elan. At Paris, Lotus relied heavily on Lexus/Toyota-sourced power.

You can read more details on these concepts in our original Paris coverage. Or, if you know enough, just enjoy the various angles in the gallery below.

Photo Gallery (click a thumbnail to enlarge)



Johnny V | 8:28AM (Sun, Jan 2, 2011)

Good looking car

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