New entry-level model retains current layout, but gets more power, better access and a £40k price
1 October 2010

Lotus will launch this stunning replacement for the Elise in 2015.

The all-new Lotus Elise, revealed at today’s Paris motor show, is much like the car we know: it uses an extruded aluminium bonded chassis, albeit a little longer and with better access.

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As with the current car, it will be available as a coupe or a roadster, while a hardcore R-model is also planned.

Power will be via a supercharged 2.0-litre Toyota four-cylinder unit, good for 300 to 350bhp, depending on spec.

It’ll have a robotised manual gearbox (a twin-clutch unit is deemed too heavy for a 1095kg car) plus stop-start, but no KERS.

Lotus CEO Dany Bahar insists that all of the five new Lotuses revealed today at Paris will employ the purist engineering principles of lightness and simplicity pioneered in the earliest Lotuses by the company’s founder, Colin Chapman.

Prices for the new Elise range will be considerable more than the price of today’s cars, starting from around £40,000.

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30 September 2010

A 1095kg car is not an Elise. This is a tragedy for Lotus. And this is going to be their entry level sports car, so sad.

If they do really want to charge £40,000 for an Elise they should make an all carbonfibre model with a small engine from a Toyata IQ, a 1.33 but with a charger.

30 September 2010

I'm surprised more people aren't commenting on this!!! This car is not an Elise - the Elise has always been a cheeky little lightweight sports car. Soon there's going to be little to differentiate Lotus from Aston Martin, if they're not careful. It may look "stunning", but the Elise was never really about that. I'm not a fan, and I don't think current Elise owners will be either.

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30 September 2010

If it is set for 2015 then they will need to start designing it in 2011 or 2012.

1 October 2010

I like the looks, but it is too powerful and too expensive for the elise name. the current 136bhp is great because it is still fast in real world terms, 300+ is not necessary for an elise - is that not what the elan is for?

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