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Lotus Teases Upcoming 3-Eleven Ahead Of Goodwood Debut

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On: Sat, Jun 13, 2015 at 8:47AM | By: Carl Malek

Lotus Teases Upcoming 3-Eleven Ahead Of Goodwood Debut

Lotus has released a dark and shadowy image that teases the upcoming 3-Eleven which will not only push the Exige to its limits in terms of performance and styling, it will also serve as a compelling sequel to the legendary 2-Eleven track car that became world renowned for its phenomenal acceleration and handling behavior. During its brief time in official production, the car set several records on the legendary Nurburgring racing circuit.

While the lone teaser image does a good job of hiding the 3-Eleven's lines, reports suggest that it will follow the example set by the previous generation 2-Eleven, and arrive as a two-seat open-top roadster with an interior with a back-to-basics theme with a driver centric layout. Essentially a highly modified Lotus Exige, the 3-Eleven is expected to launch as a track-exclusive model, but look for Lotus to allow buyers the ability to purchase optional components that will make the 3-Eleven fully street legal, which is similar to the treatment that some 2-Elevens received.

Performance for the 3-Eleven is expected to come from a heavily upgraded version of the Exige's Toyota-sourced 3.5-liter V6 engine which could make over 400 horsepower. This figure would be enough to allow the 3-Eleven to make the sprint to 62 mph in less than three seconds, a full second quicker than the 2-Eleven. However, don't think that the 3-Eleven will be purely a straight-line missile; the new model will also feature extensive upgrades to the platform and suspension which will allow the 3-Eleven to carve corners just as effectively as its fearsome off-the-line acceleration shreds stopwatches.

The 3-Eleven is expected to go on sale shortly after its debut, and while it will be available in Europe, it is currently unknown if the model will appear in the United States. We personally hope that it does make the trek over, since Lotus's current U.S. lineup is currently represented by the lonely Evora coupe. If the 3-Eleven were to make its appearance in U.S. showrooms, it would be a much needed halo model for the firm's U.S. dealer base. We hope it would generate enough interest from buyers to possibly make the company send more models across the pond, including the next generation Elise. Pricing for the 3-Eleven is expected to start at roughly €70,000 ($108,000 in our currency) and production will be limited to a mere 311 examples.


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