2010 Paris Auto Show: 2013 Lotus Elan Live Photos

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If the new Esprit we posted about earlier is too extreme for you--or perhaps just a little too pricey--then the similarly styled yet tamer 2013 Lotus Elan may be the car for you. It, too, features a front engine and rear-wheel drive layout but comes with a tamer forced induction 4.0-liter V-6 as opposed to the Esprit’s V-8.

Also shared with the Esprit is a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox and optional kinetic energy recovery system or KERS. Peak output is rated 450 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque, which is significantly lower than the Esprit’s 620 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque, however, the Elan is not too far off the pace thanks to a lighter kerb weight of just 2,885 pounds. Lotus claims a 3.5 second time for the 0-60 mph run and a top speed around 190 mph.

In standard form, the Elan comes with just two seats but there is a 2+2 seater option--we suspect very few adults will be able to fit in the back.

From a styling perspective, the 2013 Elan is built like an athlete with a muscular physique and aggressive stance. Furthermore, it looks like it will be fully capable whether you’re on the commute to work or spending a weekend at a race track. And, with its expected pricetag of £75,000 (approximately $118,000), we’re already becoming fans. 

Sadly, the 2013 Lotus Elan is still several years away as its release date is pegged at late 2013. 



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  1. The new Esprit is very exciting. It looks like a Lotus and is built to be lightweight and dynamic.
    I cannot say the same for the new Elan. Both previous Elans were LIGHTWEIGHT front-engined cars, not too far removed from the Mazda MX-5/Miata. This one looks like a Civic and weighs as much as a decent elephant. Chop 500 lb out of the body and make it a turbocharged 2 liter engine to satisfy the emissions/consumption people.
    I really think Lotus has lost sight of their unique approach to cars: lightness and great handling.
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