Snapped while undergoing handling testing in southern France, these pictures show what we currently know as the Lotus “Eagle”.
Larger and more powerful than the Elise, the 'Eagle' will be powered by a mid-mounted 3.5-litre petrol engine borrowed from Toyota and driven via the rear wheels.
Little else is currently known about the engine, but we are keen to find out if it's the same 200kW unit found in Toyota's Aurion, RAV4 V6, Kluger, Tarago etc...
The mass-produced engine will ensure that the 'Eagle' will pass strict EU and US emission regulations.
The Lotus Eagle is rumoured to be heading for the British motor show in July this year.