The first official details of the 2014 Elite have been released by Lotus, putting an end to the speculative buzz that was generated by the earlier teasers. It appears that the company was attempting to redefine the concept of modern classic – and has succeeded in many ways.
The 2014 Lotus Elite is quite compact – measuring at 4.60m length, 1.90m width, and 1.32m in height- and has a visual style that is dramatic, with a hard top that is retractable.
The car is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine with 620 PS (456 kW / 612 hp) and 720 Nm (531 Nm) of torque. Initial reports say that the company expects the vehicle to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 3.5 to 3.7 seconds and hit a top speed of 315 km/h (196 mph), although official data confirming this is still being awaited.
Sources at the company boast that they have created a car that is compact yet spacious, low-emitting and high performance, lightweight and yet very solid. They reaffirm that there is no other vehicle in the market that can match up to it in terms of styling and performance
The best news is that the Elite will also be offered as a hybrid – which will have a hybrid gearbox (with integrated electric motors) and a Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS). According to the information received, the Elite hybrid will offer emissions that are as low as 215 g/km.
The vehicle will be on the market in the spring of 2014, and the tentative base price has been set at £115,000 (including a VAT of 17.5%)