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Mid-line 300 hp Lotus spied in Autoexpress

The only pictures now are in the print Autoexpress- rumored to be a $40K-pounds/ 300hp expandable to 2+2 configuration. It's slated to fit between the Elise and the Esprit replacement.

Seems many in the UK are dismissing the rumor as "more of the same rubbish" from a less than respectable mag.




[EDIT - merged duplicate threads - MattG]
 

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Jeese, Ihaven't even gotten my Elise yet and there's now another Lotus for me to covet and lust after? I'm going to need to get another job to pay for all these cars...
 

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The Elise looks friendly; that new one looks pissed off! -eek-
 

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that looks good!
 

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Looks like a mix between the elise/exige S2 body and the VX220
(built by Lotus) aka opel speedster
 

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Tony Shute of Lotus in The UK told us at LOG last year, the VVA platfrom (Elsie platform) would be used for a variety of Lotus car configurations including a front engined GT before an Esprit replacement. Kind of looks RX8ish from the front.

Mark (Esprit Boy) Pfeffer
 

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Transio, I belive they said that is a two seater, but a 2+2 may be developed off it as well.

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I wouldn't read too much into these pictures. With the Elise's chassis design, any body could be fitted to a test mule, so with the launch of this car so far out, this could easily be a decoy. The real car may end up looking very different.
 

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MikeAR303 said:
I don't dislike it... but it does sort of look like a Mazda.
It does look like a p.o.'ed RX8, doesn't it. :)

$40K, that's in the Elise's price range -but I guess it would be a different market segment (kind of like the RX8 and the Miata Turbo).
 

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Thats 40,000 pounds not dollars. So it fills in between the Elise and the Esprit. I like it, would have to see more angles. Isn't AutoExpress the mag notorious for bad info?
 

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Donovan said:
Thats 40,000 pounds not dollars. So it fills in between the Elise and the Esprit. I like it, would have to see more angles. Isn't AutoExpress the mag notorious for bad info?
I would think that if this car were produced it would be to replace the esprit wouldn't it? They said this car was being made to directly compete with the noble...
 

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I think it looks like an RX8. I'll take the elise please. :)


and yes it also looks like the "attack". I dont like the attack either, I think it looks like a fiero kit car gone awry.
 
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