The first new Lotus in more than a decade, the Lotus Evora, was unveiled last week at the British Motor Show with the sports car manufacturer releasing more details of the car. ( dpa )
The Evora, which ran under the project called Eagle, will sell in Europe early next year for around 70,000 euros (109,700 dollars).
It enters the sports car market as the only mid-engined 2+2. Powered by a 3.5-litre V6 Toyota engine, the car has an output of 206 kW/280 hp.
Although Lotus says that full performance figures have yet to be compiled on a production specification Lotus Evora it promises acceleration from zero to 100 km/h in less than five seconds and a top speed of more than 250 km/h.
Taking a step away from Lotus interior minimalism, the cabin has metal inserts and quality edge-lit switches juxtaposed against soft hand-stitched leather surfaces to give a modern interior a classic twist. Other features are an advanced touch-screen multi-media system and electric power-fold door.
Aimed at a broader market segment, the Evora is wider with taller door apertures and narrower sills that make getting in and out of the cabin easier. The rear seats are intended for children and smaller adults. There will also be a two-seater derivative with a luggage shelf in the back.
To maximise comfort in the rear, there's plenty of leg room under the front seats while both back seats feature ISOFIX mountings for fitting child seats safely.
The entire front-end structure is made of a high-tech aluminium modular unit, attached to the main extruded aluminium tub. It is designed to deform for maximum safety, and to reduce repair costs in the event of a frontal impact.
Production capacity is limited to 2,000 cars a year at the Hethel factory in England.