Lotus News

  • 2017 Lotus Evora Sport 410 (European spec)

    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 American version of the car will be announced at a later date so some of the specifications may differ. Peak output of the car debuting in Geneva registers at 410 horsepower and 302 pound-feet of torque, drawn from the familiar supercharged 3.5-liter V-6 Lotus sources from Toyota. That represents an...

  • 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
    2016 Lotus Exige Sport 350: Forbidden Fruit

    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...

  • 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

    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 costs some parts sharing with Lotus’ Malaysian parent company Proton is expected. Nevertheless, the vehicle is unlikely to arrive before 2019. That might be a long time to wait but the good news is that the SUV should make it to the United States. Although Lotus has a poor history of bringing...

  • 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
    No Lotus Elise for US until arrival of next-gen model in 2020

    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...

  • 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 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 the latest version of Lotus’ aluminum monocoque chassis found in cars like the Exige S and Evora 400. The 3-Eleven made its debut today at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, ahead of a formal debut in September at the Frankfurt Auto Show, and Lotus says it is the quickest production car to ever...

  • 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
    Lotus CEO Reveals Plans For Chinese-Built SUV

    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...

  • 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

    It's not often that a company trying to sell a new car—particularly a fairly expensive, limited-production sports car—implies that potential buyers may not be up to driving it. Yet Lotus may just bruise a few fan egos with an unorthodox attempt to promote the new Evora 400. It's an online game running on the company's website that asks players to test their agility. CHECK OUT: McLaren 570S Coupe Revealed Ahead Of 2015 New York Auto Show The Lotus Evora 400 Agility Test is based on reaction-time tests used in fighter-pilot training programs, Lotus says. The goal is to move a yellow...

  • 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...

  • 2015 Lotus Elise 20th Anniversary Edition
    Lotus Celebrates 20 Years Of The Elise With Special Edition Model

    It was at the Frankfurt Auto Show back in 1995 that Lotus first introduced a car called the “Elise”, and now, two decades on, the automaker from the British town Hethel is celebrating the milestone with a special edition Elise. The new special edition is called the “Elise 20th...

  • 2017 Lotus Evora 400, 2015 Geneva Motor Show
    2017 Lotus Evora 400 Is British Brand’s Fastest Road Car: Live Photos From Geneva

    It’s no secret that British sports car brand Lotus has been struggling—heck, it only has one road-going model on sale here—but the company has embarked on a turnaround strategy devised by straight-shooting CEO Jean-Marc Gales and is planning a host of new models, starting with a...

  • 2016 Lotus Evora spy shots. Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien.
    2016 Lotus Evora Spy Shots

    These are the first photos of the updated 2016 Lotus Evora in testing ahead of its unveiling at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Revealing a car that keeps the current Evora’s proportions and major styling cues, the photos also show some of the updates to the look—and hint at more. SEE MORE...

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