At the 2010 Paris Auto Show, Lotus unveiled the impressive Elan concept with the full intention of bringing it back in production form by 2013. Be it blind passion or just a mere oversight, Lotus failed to notice that their new concept bared a strong resemblance to their Evora model, so the company is putting the concept on hold indefinitely.

This may sound a little familiar considering we had already heard that the Elan was headed back to the drawing board for looking too much like the Esprit Concept revealed at the same auto show. This begs the question as to whether or not the Esprit will also be delayed because of the same issue, but apparently that is not the case. The Esprit and the Elite will share many of the same components, including a V8 engine that is rumored to deliver around 550 horsepower. This engine will be mated to either a standard dual-clutch transmission or an optional manual.

However, before those puppies are born, Lotus will be working on updating the apparently inspiring Evora with some aesthetic changes and new trim levels to align it with the rest of the "Lotus New Era" range. The Elise and Exige will also be seeing the light of day, but will do so with newer versions "more usable for every day". The production Exige will finally be revealed at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.


Source: Autoblog ES

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  (287) posted on 07.27.2011

I’m really waiting for the production of the Elan and too bad they have killed this concept vehicle. The speed performance of the car is quiet impressive for a v8 engine.

  (526) posted on 07.27.2011

I think its a smart for the Lotus to dropped their plan for future production and start modifying and upgrading the performance of their current production vehicle.

  (401) posted on 05.24.2011

Well, I do hope that they would revive the Elan later on. That car really has promise and all they need is to take it into a newer direction to really bring that one out.

  (728) posted on 05.23.2011

Well, it’s really a good thing that they have dropped the Elan. Not that it was a bad car. It’s just that it would really be helpful for Lotus to focus more on a few designs only.

  (212) posted on 05.20.2011

So they are focusing more on the Evora now? Well, if that’s the case, then it’s actually a good move. That model is really quite promising, and they will have lots more time improving it.

  (532) posted on 05.20.2011

Definitely too bad for the Elan. That car really had a good start when it debuted back then, in fact a lot of folks are looking forward to the car. Things really made a wrong turn when they unveiled the second version of the concept.

  (498) posted on 05.19.2011

Tsk, after countless delays and design revisions, this is where it ends for the Elan. Too bad, since the car really has some promise. Now what happens to its twin?

  (429) posted on 05.19.2011

Yeah, i can see that they have trimmed some components here for the new look of their new series. However, they are still using the standard v8 technology.

  (383) posted on 05.19.2011

Well, its too sad that they have dropped the plan for the come back of Elan in 2013. However, for the Evora( that was the substitute for Lotus future production) Well, I’m looking forward to see some details from the Elan for the upcoming production for the Evora.

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