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by Tim Beissmann

Details of the new and updated Lotus models launching in Australia in 2015.

 

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Lotus Exige S automatic – Q2

The hardcore Lotus Exige S will be offered with an automatic transmission for the first time ever from the second quarter of 2015 at the Malaysian-owned British sports car brand aims to make its cars “more accessible to customers worldwide”.

The six-speed paddleshift unit trims one tenth of a second off the manual’s sprint time, racing from 0-100km/h in 3.9 seconds.

The auto option is expected to cost around $9000, suggesting the Exige S coupe and roadster variants will set Australian enthusiasts back about $136,000 plus on-road costs.

Read more about the Lotus Exige S automatic.

 

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Lotus Evora update – Q4

An updated version of the Lotus Evora is set to debut at March’s Geneva show and could reach local roads towards the end of 2015.

The 2015 Evora will get a fresh look inside and out, as well as more power and less weight for enhanced performance.

A roaster version seems a no-brainer to join the coupe, while rumours are also swirling about the possibility of an SUV-inspired Evora variant for further down the track.

Expect Lotus’ refreshed flagship to carry over its circa-$130,000 starting price when it launches in Australia in around 12 months’ time.

Read more about the Lotus Evora.




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