Lotus made a step forward at this year’s Paris Auto Show with the unveiling of the company’s first hybrid four door super saloon. Called Eterne, the new model will go on sale in early 2015 and will be priced at £120,000 (around $190,000 at the current rates).

The 2015 Eterne’s powertrain will combine a 5,0 liter V8 engine with a hybrid gearbox with integrated electric motors and KERS. The total output of 620 HP and 720 NM of torque will help the Eterne to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4 seconds and to hit a top speed of 195 mph.

"The Eterne is sensational to look and as with the rest of the range it also over delivers in all other aspects as well. Similar to the Elite, it’s a car of perfect contradictions, it’s compact yet spacious, high performing yet low emitting, relative lightweight yet still reassuringly solid. We truly believe that there is a market for the Eterne, there is nothing else like it out there both in terms of design, capacity and performance. The biggest difference between the Eterne and it’s class competitors is that it’s not an evolution of an existing two-door model, it’s a deliberate and considered stand-alone creation. It’s the ultimate four door sports car."

Press release after the jump.

Press release

Enter the Eterne, the four door super saloon from Lotus. If the Elite is elegance incarnate then the Eterne is elegance redefined.

The Eterne is a true four door, four seater sports GT. It’s the ultimate expression of refined style, sophistication and grace. But wait. An elegant, graceful sports car? Surely not.
A sports car by definition can’t be graceful. Powerful, exciting, aggressive yes, but not graceful. Yet here it is, the ultimate paradox - the Eterne. Power and grace, performance and elegance, beauty and strength all in one stunning package.

2015 Lotus Eterne Exterior Computer Renderings and Photoshop
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With a 5.0 litre pressure charged V8 engine delivering up to 620 PS the Eterne is aiming for best in class performance and efficiency.

In keeping with the rest of the new line-up, the Eterne will benefit from hybrid technology.
Dany Bahar, Chief Executive Officer of Group Lotus, said: “The Eterne is sensational to look and as with the rest of the range it also over delivers in all other aspects as well. Similar to the Elite, it’s a car of perfect contradictions, it’s compact yet spacious, high performing yet low emitting, relative lightweight yet still reassuringly solid.”

“We truly believe that there is a market for the Eterne, there is nothing else like it out there both in terms of design, capacity and performance. The biggest difference between the Eterne and it’s class competitors is that it’s not an evolution of an existing two-door model, it’s a deliberate and considered stand-alone creation. It’s the ultimate four door sports car.”

Sometimes there are no rules to be broken, so it is time to define them instead.

Specifications

2015 Lotus Eterne Exterior Computer Renderings and Photoshop
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  • Layout  4 seater, front-mid-engined, rear wheel drive, all wheel drive is optional
  • Engine Petrol, hybrid optional
  • Hybrid Technology Hybrid gearbox with integrated electric motors and KERS
  • Cylinder V8
  • Capacity 5.0 litre
  • Power/Torque 620 PS / 720 Nm
  • Rev limit 8,500 rpm
  • 0-100 km/h 4.0 seconds
  • Top speed 315 km/h
  • CO2 approx (CO2/km) 220 g/km**
  • Weight 1,800 kg
  • Seats 4
  • Transmission Full Hybrid transmission
  • Drive RWD, AWD optional
  • Start of production Early 2015
  • Enters the market Spring 2015
  • Price indication Circa £120,000
What do you think?
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19 comments:

  (238) posted on 01.12.2012

This car was quietly impressive on its exterior design and color, Yeah this sports car was really entertaining to me because of its out look design and platform. Nice engine performance.

  (397) posted on 01.2.2012

I don’t like the front of Eterne, seems that the front or the exhaust is a snout and I found it too long for the front. The rest of the features on this car is quite impressive.

  (559) posted on 01.2.2012

I just hope that they also had some pictures of the interior of this Eterne. As for the platform design, I found it very snob and aggressive. I’m so impressed with the exterior.

  (328) posted on 12.9.2011

I don’t like the front of Eterne, seems that the front or the exhaust is a snout, and I found it too long for the front. The rest of the features on this car is already quite impressive even on its engine.

  (498) posted on 12.7.2011

Just like them, I just hope that they also had some pictures of the interior of this Eterne. As for the platform design, I found it so snob and aggressive. I’m so impressed with the exterior.

  (714) posted on 11.18.2011

The mileage and the headlight of this Eterne, only gives more angst and appeal of it! However, I’m curious if it also had an impressive and striking interior even a speed performance?

  (449) posted on 11.8.2011

I only noticed that Lotus cars, is so elegant on their exterior appearance, which is no doubt, if they are going to be too expensive for its market production, just like this Eterne.

  (459) posted on 11.3.2011

Eterne is absolutely looks so striking on its elegant detailing and aesthetic design. I also notice that it is more looked like a limousine. smiley Anyway, I can say that it is already looking great on that body paint.

  (530) posted on 10.28.2011

Eterne is absolutely looking great and awesome on its aesthetic design and simple platform. I also noticed that the body paint on this one, only adds more appeal to it.

  (333) posted on 10.5.2011

Eterne appearance is very irresistible! smiley I love the angst that it had, and also I noticed that it is oozing with car appeal. I just only hope that they really had a plan to put this one in production.

  (119) posted on 09.25.2011

This is one of the best four door luxury cars i’ve ever seen. Its so luxurios and futuristic looking at the same time. Great job Lotus.

  (444) posted on 09.21.2011

The headlights had so much angst! I’m impressed with the aggressive appearance of this Lotus Eterne even on its sleek body paint, and I noticed that it had a too expensive price. smiley

  (409) posted on 08.26.2011

I don’t like the front of Eterne, seems that the front or the exhaust is a snout and I found it too long for the front. The rest of the features on this car is quite impressive.

  (488) posted on 08.19.2011

Just like them, I just hope that they also had some pictures of the interior of this Eterne. As for the platform design, I found it so snob and aggressive. I’m so impressed with the exterior.

  (447) posted on 07.15.2011

As for the looks, I love the thin headlamps and skinny look of Eterne. What about on the interior? Can I sit comfortable on that?

  (302) posted on 02.10.2011

The distinct style and size looks so skinny type,I’m just wondering can i able to get inside in a easy or convenient way. It’s too complicated don’t you?

  (570) posted on 11.4.2010

The design of this car is very similar to Elite Concept. If production starts I wonder if they’re going to find the customers which forget about CLS, Panamera or even Rapide to buy a Lotus 4-Door-Sedan. I doubt.

  (329) posted on 10.3.2010

Looks a little like the Tesla 4dr hybrid. Matter of Fact Tesla had a good relation with Lotus. And Lotus had a good relation with Toyota. And Toyota has a good relation with Tesla now..

  (1211) posted on 09.30.2010

Lotus needs to just produce all these cars on their concept list...they’d make a very compelling brand.

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