Lotus' first new sports car in over a decade will be unveiled tomorrow, it has been confirmed.
A leaked event invite posted to Korean website Autospy confirms the new Lotus sports car, codenamed 'Type 131' will be unveiled in full on Tuesday, 27 April 2021. The leaked image reiterates earlier official teasers from January (shown below) that the new car's headlights will draw inspiration from the all-electric Evija hypercar.
While official details remain thin on the ground, British publication Autocar reports the new mid-engined sports car will be powered by a new V6 engine sourced from another car manufacturer (but not Toyota, it's worth noting), developing over 373kW.
The engine won't feature electrification or a hybrid system, contrary to earlier Autocar reports from 2020, while the Type 131 will ride on an "extensively reworked" version of the outgoing Evora's aluminium chassis.
The publication claims the model will be priced at around £105,000 (AU$180,000), though earlier comments from Lotus CEO Phil Popham have suggested a price tag as low as £55,000 (AU$100,000).
It's understood the unveiling of the Type 131 (or whatever nameplate it wears in production guise) will form part of a wider strategy event, during which the British brand will announce its plans for the coming years and future model line-up.
First previewed in January 2021, the Type 131 will form one of four new Lotus-designed sports cars due to launch in the coming years – as indirect replacements for the ageing Elise, Exige and Evora – plus an all-electric two-seater co-developed with Renault-owned French performance brand Alpine.
Stay tuned to CarAdvice for the Lotus Type 131's full unveiling on Tuesday evening.
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