And now, entering the green super car arena, comes Lotus. The venerable British manufacturer of racing and sports cars is going hybrid, with plans to formally unveil at the upcoming Paris Auto Show its new Elite. And yes, it will be pricey – around $178,700 based upon current conversion rates.
The Lotus Elite, when it becomes available in the spring of 2014, will sport a 5.0l V8 engine delivering up to 620 PS – meaning drivers can expect to go from 0-100 km/h in approximately 3.5 to 3.7 seconds. It will be supplemented by an optional hybrid technology system that, according to Green Car Reports, uses regenerative braking to power the vehicle’s electric motors to help give it reduced emissions, slightly better gas mileage and likely a quicker time off the starting block in your garage. The system is said to be similar to that found in the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid.
Lotus said the elegant Elite will sit people in a 2+2 configuration. Its top speed will be 315 km/h, or just under 200 MPH. It will come in a retractable hard top version, and the company believes it will “set a new benchmark in design, performance and emissions.” We have to say most likely YES.