The last model in Lotus’ display at the Paris Auto Show is the Elan, a 2+2 sports car that will go on sale in the autumn of 2013 at a price of £75,000 ($118,000 at the current rates).

The 2013 Elan is powered by a 4.0 liter V6 engine that delivers 450 HP and 465 Nm of torque. The engine will be combined with the new KERS system and will sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in 3,5 seconds, while top speed will be 192 mph.

"If there was ever a car to make you drive the long way home, it’s the Elan. Perfect for both road and track, the Elan not only ticks all the boxes, it creates new ones too. The Elan will convert people to Lotus, I would challenge people not to become addicted to driving it. It will also go a long way towards dispelling the old misconceptions about this class, that in order to have high performance you must sacrifice usability – those days are gone."

Updated 10/13/2010: Lotus has unveiled today new images of the new Elan concept car. Check them out!

Updated 12/22/2010: Lotus has revealed today new studio photos of the Elan. Check the picture gallery!

UPDATE 01/25/11: If there ever was any doubt about Lotus’ intention to become more upscale to compete with the big boys of the auto industry, this spy video - courtesy of PaulTan and the boys - of the Elan Concept’s instrument panel should hush all those skeptics. Even if its not a full-blown production ready vehicle yet, the Elan’s instrument panel features a large LCD screen flanked on both sides by two smaller components. It’s pretty nifty, if you ask us, one that paints a pretty clear picture as to where Lotus’ heads are at these days. No more small sports cars, people. Lotus is playing with the big boys now. Video after the jump.

Press release after the jump.

Press release

As the old saying goes, you can’t have your cake and eat it. In the past we were educated to believe we can’t have it all. But that was the past. Today’s driver demands more and the Elan delivers.

The Elan is the beating heart of the new Lotus line-up. It’s a high performance sports car, that much is clear, it’s a Lotus after all, but thanks to some clever innovations the Elan also has everyday usability too.

2013 Lotus Elan Interior Computer Renderings and Photoshop
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With a 2+2 variant, the Elan should be the only car you need.
Set for release during the second half of 2013, the Elan features a 4.0 litre V6 pressure charged engine capable of delivering up to 450 PS and taking into consideration its relative light weight of 1,295kg, the Elan’s performance edges on supercar.

From a styling perspective, the Elan is built like an athlete with a muscular physique and perfect poise. It’s a thoroughbred, rigid with tension, ambitious and addictive, nothing but best in class will suffice for this car.

It’s not enough to simply provide performance and exceptional looks, innovation is also integral to the Elan’s appeal. In keeping with the rest of the new Lotus range, the Elan features optional hybrid technology with KERS.

2013 Lotus Elan Interior Computer Renderings and Photoshop
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Dany Bahar, Chief Executive Officer of Group Lotus, said: “If there was ever a car to make you drive the long way home, it’s the Elan. Perfect for both road and track, the Elan not only ticks all the boxes, it creates new ones too.”

“The Elan will convert people to Lotus, I would challenge people not to become addicted to driving it. It will also go a long way towards dispelling the old misconceptions about this class, that in order to have high performance you must sacrifice usability – those days are gone.”

“Once you drive an Elan you won’t look back, it will give you things you didn’t even realise you were missing – that’s the essence of Lotus and the Elan perfectly captures that spirit.”

One car, zero compromise.

Specifications

2013 Lotus Elan Exterior Computer Renderings and Photoshop
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  • Layout  2 seater (optional 2+2), mid-engined, rear wheel drive
  • Engine Petrol, hybrid optional
  • Hybrid technology Optional KERS
  • Cylinder V6
  • Capacity 4.0 litre
  • Power/Torque 450 PS / 465 Nm
  • Rev limit 7,800 rpm
  • 0-100 km/h 3.5 seconds
  • Top speed 310 km/h
  • CO2 approx (CO2/km) 199 g/km**
  • Weight 1,295 kg
  • Seats 2
  • Transmission 7 Speed DCT
  • Drive RWD
  • Start of production Summer 2013
  • Enters the market Autumn 2013
  • Price indication Circa £75,000

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13 comments:

  (714) posted on 11.18.2011

I love the angst of this Elan in spite of having only a simple detailing and style! Anyway, it is truly looking great on its yellow body paint, but I think it is more a good-looking car in black paint.

  (374) posted on 11.9.2011

I just noticed that the interior of this Elan is seems so boring, if only they add some high-tech technology on it and some light interior touch. smiley Anyway, as for the exterior detailing of it, I can say that it is quite awesome.

  (449) posted on 11.8.2011

This one seems very fun to drive! Well, I imagine myself having and driving this car, and I feel that I have so much pride on this one, for it is really the kind of car that everyone would love to have!

  (459) posted on 11.3.2011

This Lotus Elan is definitely looking great and awesome on its body paint, but I noticed that the upper back part of this one, is seems too huge, and I find very confusing on this one.

  (530) posted on 10.28.2011

I must say that I love the aesthetic design of this one, and I noticed that it is already striking on its body paint. Even the interior of it, is quite awesome, but how about its figure performance?

  (333) posted on 10.5.2011

I love the specifications of this Elan, so impressive! I just hope that they would really put this one on market production. Well, I will surely wait for the debut and other updated article about it.

  (302) posted on 02.10.2011

I love it,is there any available one for me?I’m so hungry to have this..i wish someday my dream will set into reality. That’s an exciting moment.

  (570) posted on 11.4.2010

Looks like a mix up of the new McLaren, a Lamborghini Gallardo and a Nissan. Like the other two models.

  (406) posted on 10.4.2010

The problem is, Lotus rolled out 4 or 5 cars that looks exactly the same, minus a crease here and there.

  (25) posted on 10.4.2010

that is just amazing!

  (329) posted on 10.3.2010

The problem is, Lotus rolled out 4 or 5 cars that looks exactly the same, minus a crease here and there.

  (1211) posted on 09.30.2010

Good for Lotus. Their ethos is tried and true, compared to some other automakers I could think of whose designs got heavier every year from model 1 to model xx.

  (33) posted on 09.30.2010

awsome smiley i wanna drive that some day if i could ever afford it. and one day i also be a racer. this car was made for me, even if i am a Porsche person.

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