Lotus News

  • Alleged patent drawing for Lotus SUV - Image via PC Auto

    Insatiable demand for SUVs all over the globe but particularly in key markets such as China and the United States has led to companies even like Lotus, whose reputation is built on lightweight sports cars, joining the trend. (We can also add Ferrari to the list.) Yes, Lotus is developing an SUV for introduction early next decade and we may have just received our first glimpse at the vehicle or perhaps a concept previewing it. Patent drawings of a mysterious SUV have discovered by Chinese website PC Auto and are thought to be genuine. The low-slung shape is exactly what you’d expect an...

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    China’s Geely completes acquisition of Lotus

    Zhejiang Geely Holding Group in May agreed to purchase 51 percent of Lotus, giving the Chinese automaker a sports car brand to sit alongside its other brands which include the likes of Volvo, Lynk & Co. and Geely. Geely Holding on Friday closed the deal which sees the remaining 49 percent of...

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    Lotus GT430 Sport offers the go with less aero show

    Lotus took the wraps off of its limited-production Evora GT430 earlier this year, but now anyone (though not anyone in the United States) can hop into a GT430 with the introduction of the Lotus Evora GT430 Sport. The GT430 Sport is almost identical to the limited-run GT430, although the addition of...

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    Lotus shocks, heads toward profitability as fiscal year closes

    Lotus has pulled a money-laden rabbit from its top hat. With the results of its 2016/2017 fiscal year, Lotus Group International Limited's operations are heading toward profitability. At the close of the fiscal year, Lotus posted a positive earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and...

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    Evora GT430 is most powerful Lotus road car yet

    Lotus on Thursday unveiled the most powerful road car in the marque’s history. The car is the Evora GT430, and as the name suggests it’s packing 430 horsepower. The power, together with 325 pound-feet of torque, is generated by the Evora’s familiar 3.5-liter supercharged V-6 and...

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    Lotus cars could be built in China, says new owner Geely

    China’s Zhejiang Geely, the holding company that owns the Volvo, Lynk & Co and Geely car brands, entered a deal in May to acquire a 51 percent in stake Lotus from Malaysian conglomerate DRB-Hicom. As part of the deal, Geely also agreed to acquire a 49.9 percent stake in Malaysian...

  • Lotus Elise with a V-8 is a great example of a wild hillclimb car

    In our continuing exploration of the world of hillclimb race cars we present a new mighty, maniacal machine for your enjoyment. This time around we're working with a Lotus Elise. This is a car built on the idea of added lightness, but this one also has a V-8 engine. This particular V-8 isn't a massive chunk of iron, though. Instead, it's very much in keeping with the theme of a Lotus. Rather than some monster mill, we have a Hartley V-8, which is made by joining together the 1,299-cc inline-4-cylinder engines from a pair of Suzuki Hyabusa motorcycles to create a power-producing bit of...

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    Lotus Exige once owned by Jerry Seinfeld sells for $90,400

    Jerry Seinfeld’s love of Porsches is renowned, but the comedian and television star isn’t averse to cars from other marques. For example, a year ago we saw Seinfeld sell a batch of cars that included a couple of Volkswagens. Now a 2009 Lotus Exige S 260 he once owned has just been sold...

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    Future Volvos may benefit from Lotus suspension tuning

    Lotus has a long history in engineering and building precise, sharp-handling cars. Now, as Lotus and parent company Proton, are in the process of being acquired by Chinese firm Geely, a bit of that spritely British engineering could find its way to Volvo. How might Swedish engineering and British...

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    Geely agrees to purchase major stake in Lotus, Proton

    China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, the company that owns the Volvo, Lynk & Co and Geely car brands, on Wednesday agreed to purchase 49.9 percent of Lotus parent company Proton from current owner DRB-Hicom. As part of the deal, Geely will also purchase a 51 percent stake in Lotus. Terms...

  • Speed Academy builds a Lotus Evora with Tesla Model S power
    Meet Blue Lightning: a Lotus Evora with Tesla Model S power

    Remember Tesla's Roadster? That was a pretty neat little machine that paved the way for grander offerings from the electric car company. It was built on the bones of the Lotus Elise. The final version saw 288 horsepower and nearly 300 pound-feet of torque from its electric powertrain. Today...

  • 2017 Lotus Exige Cup 380
    2017 Lotus Exige Cup 380 is all about the aero

    We only get the Lotus Evora in the United States, at least as far as road cars are concerned. But overseas, buyers still have new versions of the lighter, more affordable Elise and Exige models they can opt for. The latest model to come out of Lotus’ headquarters in Hethel is a harder-edged...

  • Lotus Evora Sport 410 GP Edition

    As if Lotus' Evora Sport 410 wasn't already poised to be something special, the British sports car marque has debuted a special version with a unique color scheme inspired by a famous racing livery. Lotus is using the launch of the special car to mark the Evora Sport 410's arrival in the United States. Officially titled the Evora Sport 410 GP Edition, the special car is the result of the Lotus Exclusive personalization division, which set out to honor Team Lotus' iconic F1 livery that debuted in 1972 and was worn by famed Lotus race cars such as the 98T. Through 14 years of black and gold...

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    Report: Geely, PSA Group compete for Lotus parent Proton

    Malaysian conglomerate DRB-Hicom is looking to offload its majority stake in fellow Malaysian firm Proton and two of the potential bidders are reported to be China’s Geely and France’s PSA Group. The information was reported on Sunday by the Financial Times which cited an anonymous...

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    Lotus: What’s new for 2017

    Lotus fans in the United States have had little to choose from ever since 2011 when the automaker’s Elise and Exige were pulled from sale due to being on the wrong side of airbag regulations. It meant that the Evora was left as the sole street-legal car in Lotus showrooms. To keep things...

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    Lotus to renew sports car lineup before adding SUV

    Lotus is committed to adding an SUV to its lineup but the vehicle will probably not arrive for another four or five years, at the earliest. Speaking with Autocar, Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales said the automaker will renew its sports car lineup before adding the SUV. The first to arrive will be a...

  • 2017 Lotus Exige Race 380
    Lotus Exige Sport 380 spawns dedicated track model

    The Lotus Exige is no longer offered here as a road car but you can still purchase versions designed for track. The latest in a long line of Exige-based track cars is the Exige Race 380. As the name suggests, the car is based on the Exige Sport 380 road car unveiled in November. Lotus hasn’t...

  • 2017 Lotus Exige Sport 380
    Lotus launches Exige Sport 380

    Lotus is in the best financial shape it’s been in perhaps in its entirety. CEO Jean-Marc Gales has revealed that the company has turned in its first operating profit in almost four decades, though he hasn’t revealed any figures just yet. Nevertheless, the company is keen to mark the...

  • 2016 Lotus Exige Sport 350

    Ownership of Lotus could soon change hands if the sale of its unprofitable parent company Proton goes ahead. A controlling stake in Proton was bought by DRB-Hicom in 2012 for approximately $410 million but the Malaysian conglomerate has struggled to turn the automaker around and recently reached out to more than a dozen firms about the potential sale of a stake. PSA Group, the maker of Citroën, DS and Peugeot cars, has confirmed to Reuters that it has responded to DRB. People familiar with the matter also told Reuters that Renault and Suzuki have responded to DRB as well. The people also...

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    Driving a vintage Lotus at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

    If the best thing you can do with a car is to drive it, then the best thing to do during Monterey Car Week is to drive a classic. I can think of no better place to drive a classic than at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, so I packed up my 1956 Lotus Eleven sports racer and headed to...

  • 2017 Lotus Evora 400 with Carbon Pack
    Lotus Evora 400 lightweight options drop curb weight to 3,060 pounds

    Since its earliest days, Lotus’ ethos has been “performance through lightweight,” the phrase coined by its founder Colin Chapman. Today that tradition lives on with a range of lightweight options designed for the new Evora 400 sports car. The options include a lithium-ion battery...

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    Lotus Elise Race 250 is the fastest Elise yet

    Lotus has unveiled what it claims is its fastest Elise yet. The car is called the Elise Race 250 and as the name suggests this one’s designed for track use only. That’s good as its track-only nature means Lotus can sell it in the United States, since track cars don’t have to meet...

  • Lotus Evora 400 Hethel Edition
    New Lotus Evora special edition celebrates 50 years of Hethel factory

    Lotus has had its share of ups and downs, but the British automaker does have a past worth remembering. To celebrate its past, a special edition of the company's Evora sports car has been unveiled to mark the 50th anniversary of the Hethel assembly plant. The Hethel Edition builds on the...

  • 2017 Lotus Evora Sport 410 (European spec)
    US to get entry-level, naturally aspirated Evora

    The Lotus Evora returns for the 2017 model year, now in Evora 400 and limited edition Evora 410 form. The cars, which go on sale in May, both feature a supercharged 3.5-liter V-6. Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales has now revealed that the United States will get a third, entry-level Evora powered by a...

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