The future Lotus Eagle will make its world debut in July at the London Motor Show, after many and many rumors and spy shots. The new 2+2 sports car will go on sale towards the end of the year at a price of $90.000. Lotus announced a convertible version is also in the works and will be launched few months after the coupe.
The 2009 Eagle will be placed between the Elise and
next-generation Esprit , and is designed for those who love the Elise,
but also want a little more room and comfort.
The 2009 Eagle will be powered by a tuned version of Toyota’s V6 engine used in the Camry. It will be offered with two different displacements: 2.5 liters and 3.0 liters with power between 200 and 300 hp. The Eagle was announced to be a real sports car with 0 to 60 mp sprint to be made in less than 5 seconds.
As Lotus announced in a previous press release, the Eagle’s chassis is an evolution of the Versatile Vehicle Architecture (VVA) from the Lotus APX concept vehicle previously showcased at Geneva, and allows for the development of a range of vehicles up to a gross vehicle weight of 1,900 kg. This architecture has been designed to be more applicable to mid-volume applications by utilizing low capital investment manufacturing processes. The Eagle structure progresses the Lotus bonded technology used in the Elise family of vehicles with unique extrusions and folded panels, whilst providing contemporary ease of ingress/egress, build modularity and improved, lower cost repairability.