Lotus News

  • 2016 Lotus Elise Race 250

    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 all the regulations required for road use. The Elise Race 250 features a similar specification to the road-going Elise Cup 250 unveiled in February (shown below). Power comes from the familiar supercharged 1.8-liter 4-cylinder, peaking at 243 horsepower and 184 pound-feet. The sole transmission is a...

  • 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...

  • 2017 Lotus Evora Sport 410 (European spec)
    2017 Lotus Evora Sport 410 ups the power and drops the weight

    The Lotus Evora 400 is just reaching showrooms here in the United States but a new, more potent version of the car has already been launched. Set to debut next week at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show is the Evora Sport 410 which Lotus has confirmed will go on sale in most markets this June. The North...

  • 2016 Lotus Elise Cup 250
    2016 Lotus Elise Cup 250: Forbidden Fruit

    Lotus doesn’t plan to sell an Elise in the United States until the arrival of a next-generation model sometime around the end of the decade. Sadly, that means we miss out on all the new variants of the current model. The latest is the Elise Cup 250, which Lotus bills as its fastest Elise...

  • Lotus Exclusive personalization program
    Lotus Launches Personalization Program

    Vehicle personalization is all the rage these days, with virtually every automaker in the luxury game and even some mainstream makes starting up departments dedicated to offering customers a chance to add personal touches to their cars before they leave the factory. Lotus saw the need several years...

  • 2016 Lotus Exige Sport 350

    Imagine taking an already lightweight Lotus sports car and then lobbing off around 100 pounds of performance-sapping weight. That’s exactly what Lotus engineers achieved in the development of the new Exige Sport 350, which weighs just 2,480 lb, or around 112 lb less than the Exige S on which it’s based. ALSO SEE: Brembo Brake Testing For Formula One Is ...Illuminating: Video This makes the Exige Sport 350 the most potent Exige ever, with Lotus claiming the car will sprint to 60 mph from rest in 3.7 seconds and go on to reach a top speed of 170 mph. No changes were made to the...

  • 2009 Renault Formula One race car
    Renault Formula One Team Returns In 2016: Official

    Following its September’s signing of a Letter of Intent regarding the potential acquisition of a controlling stake in cash-strapped Lotus F1, French automaker Renault confirmed this week it will proceed with the acquisition and return as a constructor under its own brand in Formula One as...

  • Lotus 3-Eleven
    Lotus Hints At 7:06 Nürburgring Lap Time For 3-Eleven: Video

    The Lotus 3-Eleven is a raucous, track-carving machine that promises to be the quickest road-going car—yes, this sprightly roadster is street-legal in the markets it’s headed—to ever come out of the automaker’s Hethel headquarters. It made its world debut back at...

  • Lotus 3-Eleven, 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed
    Lotus SUV Likely To Reach U.S.

    British sports car marque Lotus confirmed plans for an SUV back in April and at the time said the vehicle would be built at a plant in China. The production will be handled by a joint venture between Lotus and Chinese industrial firm Goldstar, and to help speed up development and save on research...

  • Lotus 3-Eleven
    Lotus 3-Eleven Tests At 'Ring, 7:00 Lap In Sight: Video

    Lotus says its open-top 3-Eleven is the "quickest and most powerful production Lotus road car ever." But calling it a "road car" is subjective, because buyers in the United States won't be able to register the featherweight roadster, though race versions will be available. And that's just fine, as...

  • 2015 Lotus Exige 360 Cup
    Lotus Exige V6 Cup Track Car Gets Updated, Limited Edition ‘360’ Model

    The cars that make up the series of Lotus Exige-based track cars are renowned for their combination of visceral performance, straightforward maintenance and reasonable pricing, and since they’re designed exclusively for the track it means Lotus is allowed to sell them in the United States...

  • 2015 Lotus Elise S Cup

    The Lotus Elise is a no-nonsense, somewhat affordable sports car that’s equally at home on the road or race track. Unfortunately, the Elise together with its Exige sibling ceased sales in the United States back in 2011 because of a lack of ‘smart’ airbags. These are designed to monitor the size and position of the occupant of the seat so that an airbag can be deployed safely when necessary. Engineering the airbags for the Elise and Exige proved too costly for cash-strapped Lotus and thus the tough decision was made to pull the cars from the market. Remember, Lotus was...

  • 2017 Lotus Evora 400, 2015 Geneva Motor Show
    Lotus Evora 400 Convertible Confirmed

    News about a convertible version of the Evora sports car dates back several years but until now Lotus hasn’t enjoyed the financial and managerial stability to actually go through with the project. With new CEO Jean-Marc Gales at the helm, Lotus has finally confirmed to Autocar that a...

  • 2017 Lotus Evora 400, 2015 Geneva Motor Show
    Lotus Announces New Headquarters And Expanded Dealer Network For United States

    For the past several years, Lotus has relied on a skeleton crew to run its operations in the United States, the world’s biggest market for sports cars, as the company dealt with developing a solid business plan in the face of crippling cash shortages. A plausible plan has been devised under...

  • Lotus 3-Eleven, 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed
    Lotus 3-Eleven debuts at 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed

    Lotus has developed a hardcore, track-focused machine along the lines of its previous 2-Eleven launched in 2007. The new track car is called the 3-Eleven to signify its relation to the original Eleven racer of the 1950s as well as the previous Elise-based car, and this time around it is based on...

  • 2017 Lotus Evora 400, 2015 Geneva Motor Show
    2017 Lotus Evora 400 priced from $89,900

    The 2017 Lotus Evora 400 will go on sale later this year priced from $89,900. That’s a significant jump on pricing for the previous Evora, but the new model is a much more substantial car. In fact, it’s the fastest road car in Lotus history. It also doesn’t hurt that the Evora 400...

  • Lotus F1 Mad Max: Fury Road-themed Formula 1 car
    Lotus F1 Team Creates Awesome 'Mad Max' Homage F1 Car

    Promoting movies is, mostly, the business of frippery. Here, it’s nothing but. But it’s badass frippery. Yes, frippery can be badass, if it’s a Lotus F1 car decked out Mad Max: Fury Road style with bladed wheels, giant treaded tires, a dually rear axle, flame throwers, human...

  • Jean-Marc Gales

    Insatiable demand for SUVs all over the globe but particularly in key markets such as China and the U.S. has led to companies even like Lotus, whose reputation is built on lightweight sports cars, joining the trend. Yes, new CEO Jean-Marc Gales has finally confirmed that the British sports car brand is working on an SUV, which is to be built at a new plant in China. Despite what the naysayers may think, the move is entirely understandable given Lotus’ financial predicament (the company sold just over 2,000 cars last year and is bleeding cash) and the success rival firm Porsche has...

  • 2017 Lotus Evora 400, 2015 Geneva Motor Show
    Lotus To Build Cars In China

    Lotus parent company Proton has signed an agreement with Chinese industrial firm Goldstar to form a new joint venture, whose aim will be to eventually manufacture “Lotus-branded passenger cars” in China. Proton’s links with Goldstar date back more than a decade but this is the...

  • Daniel Craig lookalike at Lotus headquarters in April Fools’ Day prank
    Bond Star Daniel Craig Takes Delivery Of Lotus Evora 400? Not Quite

    UPDATE: No, actor Daniel Craig didn’t just pick up a Lotus Evora 400. Instead, a rather convincing doppelganger posed for some shots in front of Lotus’ Hethel headquarters for a superb April Fools’ Day stunt. Let us know in the comments below if you were fooled. British actor...

  • 2017 Lotus Evora 400, 2015 Geneva Motor Show
    Lotus Wants You To Test Drive The Evora 400, But Only If You're As Agile As It Is

    Lotus launches a new online game to promote the Evora 400.

  • 2007 Lotus 2-Eleven
    420-Horsepower Lotus 3-Eleven Headed For Frankfurt Auto Show

    Back in the 1950s, Lotus had a lightweight, open-top race car called the “Eleven” that was quite successful in endurance racing, earning a number of class victories in races held at prestigious tracks like Le Mans, Monza and Sebring. Last decade, Lotus revived the Eleven name when it...

  • Lotus Exige S Club Racer
    Lotus Exige S Club Racer Is One Ferocious Featherweight: Forbidden Fruit

    Lotus has just announced the release of a new Exige variant, and according to the automaker, it's available "globally." Now, it's understandable that this news—and quite honestly, the fact that Lotus is still actually making cars—could take some American enthusiasts by surprise. So...

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