Lotus has at last revealed what all the teasing’s been about… it’s the new Elite, the automaker’s first petrol-electric hybrid supercar.
Lotus builds Elite hybrid supercar
And the Elite is not just any supercar – it packs a five-litre engine and has a slick retractable hard top. Nice.
The car is what Lotus considers to be its first taste of the future because it has hybrid technology with F1-like KERS (kinetic energy recovery system) as an option.
Dany Bahar, CEO of Group Lotus, said: "There's no denying the Elite is breathtakingly beautiful but it's so much more than that. It's a car that over-delivers in all other aspects as well. One could say it's a car of perfect contradictions, compact yet spacious, high-performing yet low-emitting, light yet reassuringly solid.
“It's a car of which we at Lotus are exceptionally proud and we believe there is like it out there in terms of either styling or performance.”
Details are on the thin side but Lotus has revealed that the rear-wheel drive, mid-engined, hybrid GT show car has a five-litre V8 with 477kW and 720Nm on tap and redlines at 8500r/min.
It has a hybrid transmission that uses electric motors and the car sprints to 100km/h in 3.7 seconds with the promise of 315km/h, even though its hybrid system permits an "eco-friendly" 215g/km CO2 emissions figure.
The Elite is scheduled for launch early in 2014.