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Lotus Elan (2014)

CAR GARAGE | Lotus Elan  (2014) | Lotus started out building giant, killer, racing machines That captured the Formula One World Championship seven times. The Lotus-like most are three mid-engine designs: an updated version of the 4-cylinder 2-seat roadster Elise; a V8-powered flagship called Esprit; and - our subject here - the Elan, the which amounts to a slightly smaller, less-expensive Esprit with a force-fed V6. The other Newcomers are front-engine designs That will take Lotus into the sport-luxury realm for the first time: the Elite hardtop-convertible and a stretched fixed-roof four-door derivative called Eterne, Lotus's answer to the Aston Martin Rapide , Audi A7, Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, and Porsche Panamera. The Elan will be the second new-era Lotus to reach consumers.

It's also significant as a replacement for the recently introduced mid-engine V6 Evora coupe. The 2014 Lotus Elan has so far been seen only as a 2-seat coupe concept, but Lotus says a convertible version is planned and that 'both body styles will offer optional "+2" rear seating, the which means a vestigial pair of buckets wedged behind the main seats.  Dimensionally, the 2014 Lotus Elan will be longer than Evora and Wider, shorter and slimmer than the new Esprit, and slightly Taller than both. Lotus quotes a commendably low dry weight of 2.855 pounds, versus 3.295 for Esprit and 3.046 to 3.165 pounds for Evoras.

Under the hood of the 2014 Lotus Elan will be a force-fed 4.0-liter enlargement of the 3.5-liter Toyota-sourced V6 That motivates the Evora. though Lotus Elan has not specified whether the engine will use a turbocharger or supercharger, MT's Horrell points to the latter, Perhaps Because the coming Esprit's Toyota-sourced V8 will use supercharging. However it's enhanced, the 2014 Lotus Elan V6 is expected to Produce 400 horsepower in base tune and 450-470 horses for even sportier "R-spec" models Likely That will get suspension and rolling-stock upgrades to match the Increased performance. Speaking of which, CAR reports 0-62 mph acceleration of 3.5 sec for base Elans and 3.2 for R-models.

Big-brother like Esprit , the 2014 Lotus Elan will be Offered with two "transmissions": a 7-speed dual-clutch automated manual That mimics a conventional automatic, and a "mild" hybrid drive.  As for the rest of it, the 2014 Lotus Elan will undoubtedly come with features expected of premium-brand Such as automatic climate control, navigation system, and a sumptuous leather-lined interior. It will be interesting to see Thus Spake if the production Elan can match the concept's sub-3 ,000-pound weight. Bubbly press releases proclaim the 2014 Lotus Elan as "the beating heart" of the brand's 21st-century lineup, a high-performance sports car with "everyday usability."

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