We compare Lotus's brave new world with its illustrious past
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We probably should have brought you an example of Lotus's bold new future as POTW before now, being as it was unveiled a good couple of weeks ago.
But Hethel's unveiling of five new models was a bit too much for our delicate constitutions to take in and it's taken until now to digest all the info and pick the pic we want.
And here it is - the Lotus Elan. To be frank, we struggled to choose between the five new models (not least because they all look remarkably similar to one another), but in the end we plumped for the Elan for the rather girly reason that the yellow makes it a more striking wallpaper than the silver-grey of the other new Lotuses.
The big question is, how does the 444bhp, 194mph(!) new Elan measure up to Lotus's previous products of the same name? We hear the argument for it bettering the Front-wheel drive 1989 attempt, but is it going to be sweeter than the 1960s original? We seriously doubt that...
[quote=nogsk]Nice, I had 3 of those 2 130/4's and a 130/5, one of the 4's and the 5 had the classic drum kit roof
What is the "drum kit roof" ?
Dont like look of that new Elan ,for a new concept ,i think its bland ,would rather have a 60s version
bobberz24 Oct 2010
I like it - but I can't get the word 'Honda' out of my mind.
My thought exactly! Looks a bit like the CR-Z and S2000 all rolled into one. Actually, all the new Lotus' look like the past 3 or so NSX concepts!
I find it interesting that Lotus seems to be abandoning Chapman's philosophy in favor of more power and weight, whilst Lamborghini seem to be poised to "add lightness". Could they be swapping roles?! (Then again, the Lambos are sure to keep their stratospheric pricing.)
As for me, I like the original Elite and the '90s Elan, FWD, Isuzu engine and all! Always thought the '90s Elan looked like a baby Esprit, no bad thing.
Witchfinder19 Oct 2010
If it's going up against the 911 though, doesn't it need 2+2 seating? That bench in the back doesn't really look like a place for passengers.
My mistake - it definitely is a 2+2 now I've seen more pictures. Fantastic.
928Elan18 Oct 2010
As the owner of a '72 Elan Sprint drophead, I don't understand why Dany Bahar is abandoning Chapman's basic principle of adding lightness. These new Lotus (For those who think Loti is the plural, I say think again - back in the 80's Lotus themselves issued a press release confirming the correct plural is Lotus.) are too big and the company appear to be trying to break into a new more expensive market for higher powered vehicles. The previous attempt was the '74 Elite and, although hailed by the motoring press, it failed to generate the anticipated sales (and profits), possibly because of reported quality problems with the early examples. I believe the company needs to stay with what it does best, i.e. building relatively cheap, comparatively volume (I can't see them selling Porsche-like - or even Aston Martin-style quantities of these proposed cars.) good value sportscars like the Elise. Surely it would be better to build a slightly more luxurious, slightly softer, slightly faster sportscar on the Elise platform, but something that looks completely different from the Elise, unlike the Europa (Has anyone seen more than three of these on the road, other than in central Norfolk?)
otolith18 Oct 2010
Well according to the announcement it's due to be replaced, but the dimensions of the new car haven't been published as far as I know.
"Superseded" might be a better word than replaced. The only thing we've been told about the size is that it will be larger.