The New Lotus Elite


In ten days time Lotus will unveil their redefinition of the “modern classic” in the shape of the new Lotus Elite. If you won’t be at the Paris Motor Show to enjoy this new machine in its full glory, here’s a sneak peek at what we’ll all be missing.

The press release begins with three definitions of elegance – but to us elegance is a subjective thing. If you ask me, elegance is a woman dressed in a simple, close-fitting, black dress. This Lotus is most definitely power dressing. She looks like she means business. You’d still want her on your arm, but you’d never call her sweetheart.

If you are of a nervous disposition a peek under the bonnet of the new Elite is not advisable. A front-mid positioned 5.0 litre V8 engine delivering up to 620 PS promises to rocket the 2+2 GT from 0-100 km/h in about 3.6 seconds. This car is also one of the first road vehicles to feature the KERS, F1 derived technology that recycles kinetic energy from its dynamic systems.

Release for Lotus’s she-devil is set for Spring 2014. The price? If you have to ask, you can’t afford her.

Liz Seabrook