A competitor to the long list of supercar Grand Tourers? A force against traditional supercar makers? Sounds illogical for Lotus, but powered by a 5.0-litre V8 that delivers a ridiculous 456 kW and 720 Nm of torque, anything is possible.
So, here it is. The Lotus Eterne, a four door super saloon, as Lotus calls it, that is expected to see the light of day in 2015. The British car maker emphasis that the Eterne is a graceful sports car and by looking at it, it's hard to argue otherwise.
As with all other Lotus vehicles destined for release over the next few years, the Lotus Eterne can make use of hybrid technology.
“The Eterne is sensational to look and as with the rest of the range it also over delivers in all other aspects as well. Similar to the Elite, it’s a car of perfect contradictions, it’s compact yet spacious, high performing yet low emitting, relative lightweight yet still reassuringly solid. We truly believe that there is a market for the Eterne, there is nothing else like it out there both in terms of design, capacity and performance. The biggest difference between the Eterne and it’s class competitors is that it’s not an evolution of an existing two-door model, it’s a deliberate and considered stand-alone creation. It’s the ultimate four door sports car." Dany Bahar, Chief Executive Officer of Group Lotus,
2015 Lotus Eterne Specifications:
- Layout: 4 seater, front-mid-engined, rear wheel drive, all wheel drive is optional
- Engine: Petrol, hybrid optional
- Hybrid Technology: Hybrid gearbox with integrated electric motors and KERS
- Cylinder: V8
- Capacity: 5.0 litre
- Power/Torque: 456 kW / 720 Nm
- Rev limit: 8,500 rpm
- 0-100 km/h: 4.0 seconds
- Top speed: 315 km/h
- CO? approx (CO?/km): 220 g/km**
- Weight: 1,800 kg
- Seats: 4
- Transmission: Full Hybrid transmission
- Drive: RWD, AWD optional
- Start of production: Early 2015
- Enters the market: Spring 2015
- Price indication: Circa £200,000
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