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2020 Lotus SUV

2020 Lotus SUV

The pure British proposition to the cool Porsche Macan

The idea of a Lotus crossover might make some fans of the British sports carmaker a little squeamish, but if Lotus is going to stick around, it’s going to need a higher-volume model with more mass-market appeal. Lotus revealed that it’s developing a compact crossover in 2017, but we still don’t know much about its underpinnings and design. However, a batch of patent images that surfaced the Web provided some hints as to what the British crossover will look like, and our designer created a rendering of the vehicle.

So what do we actually know about this crossover so far? First, it will be built in China and launched exclusively in that market before expanding to Europe and Japan. No word on U.S. availability just yet, but it’s very likely that North America will get it too. Second, Lotus aims to win SUV enthusiasts with one of the lightest and most dynamic vehicles on the market. "The SUV market changes as well – it’s not just cars that are six feet high and wide now, it’s a huge market that’s becoming more segmented. There is a niche within that for a Lotus crossover that is light and aerodynamic and handles like nothing else," former Lotus CEO, Jean-Marc Gales told Autocar in October 2017. Lotus began testing the crossover in 2019, but the prototype is just an old Lynk & Co 01 model. As a reminder, Lynk & Co is owned by Geely, the same Chinese company that owns Lotus (and Volvo for that matter).

Updated 06/24/2019: Our spy photographers caught the very first mules for the upcoming Lotus SUV out for the first testing session.

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2017 Lotus Evora 400 Roadster

2017 Lotus Evora 400 Roadster

Lotus was in big trouble a couple of years ago, struggling with net losses of more than $250 million a year. That’s when Jean-Marc Gales stepped in as CEO and the British finally began to move in the right direction. Gales’ new strategy included a redesign of the Evora, which allowed Lotus to continue its operations on U.S. soil. Now, only a few months before the new 2016 Lotus Evora 400 goes on sale nationwide, Gales confirmed there’s also a roadster version on the way.

The convertible sports car will cross the pond to the U.S. six months after the coupe, which means a launch date is expected sometime in June 2016. When it arrives, the Evora 400 Roadster will join a market that already includes two remarkable sports cars, the 2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder and the 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, both newly introduced for the 2016 model year. As it stands, Lotus won’t have it easy, but despite rough competition, Gales still hopes the new roadster will be as popular as the coupe.

There aren’t many official details to run by here, but the car is not much of a mystery. Moreover, Gales was kind enough to provide just about enough info on the Roadster to allow us to put together a rendering of the car, as well as a speculative review on what it might bring to the table.

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Spy Shots: 2013 Lotus Exige shows off new rear wing behind that psychedelic camouflage

Spy Shots: 2013 Lotus Exige shows off new rear wing behind that psychedelic camouflage

It was just a few weeks ago that our spy photographers were able to catch the new Exige testing with some ugly zebra-like camouflage and now the brand’s engineers are at it again with some swirly and hypnotizing wraps on the 2013 Exige. Thankfully, this new camouflage isn’t distracting enough to cover up all of the sports car’s new features, providing us with ample opportunity to learn more about the future model before it debuts at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.

The 2013 Lotus Exige will adopt a new design language borrowed from the bigger Evora which will include a redesigned front and a longer back end. That new rear will also be accessorized with a new rear wing leading up to a modified roofline. These spy shots also reveal a slightly wider Exige with bigger brakes.

As far as power is concerned, rumors state the new Exige will be pulling from the same engine found in the current model: a 3.5 liter V6 producing 280 HP in the normal version and 350 HP in the S version.

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2013 Lotus Exige

2013 Lotus Exige

Lotus called it a night for the current generation Exige by unveiling two special edition models - the Exige S260 Final Edition and Matte Black Final Edition - but that doesn’t mean the brand’s engineers are getting a break. Just last month, the next generation sports car was caught testing covered in questionable camouflage and now our spy photographers have captured new images of the Lotus Exige with more mind-numbing coverups. We can’t wait for the 2013 Lotus Exige to be unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show just so our heads stop spinning from these psychedelic wraps.

These new spy images reveal a little more of the Exige’s future design language, like the new front and back of the vehicle. The future model will also benefit from a new rear wing on the elongated back end, a tidbit many of us anticipated when we heard that the new Exige would be borrowing elements from the Evora. The roofline also looks different from the current Exige.

As previously reported, the 2013 Exige will be powered by the same V6 engine as also found in the bigger Evora. So expect to see a 3.5 liter V6 producing 280 HP in the normal version and 350 HP in the S version. This engine will be combined with bigger brakes that, of course, suggest improved performance numbers.

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Spy Shots: New Lotus Exige caught with horrendous camouflage

Spy Shots: New Lotus Exige caught with horrendous camouflage

We have heard rumors of a new Lotus Exige for quite some time now, but the car has finally been caught testing. This may be one of the ugliest camouflages we have ever seen, but if Lotus thought that would keep our spy photographers away, then they were very, very wrong. The new Lotus Exige will make its world debut in 2012 at the Geneva Motor Show.

The prototype seen in these spy shots reveals a new nose inspired by the one from the Evora and a completely different rear end, both of which make the car appear much longer. The roofline is also different from the one in the current model. The mules previously caught testing where all wider so we suspect that the new Exige is also slightly wider than the current one.

Under the hood, Lotus will place the same engine as in the Evora: a 3.5 liter V6 producing 280 HP in the normal version and 350 HP in the S version. The prototype also gets bigger brakes, another indication the model will deliver better performance numbers.

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TopSpeed Rendering: 2013 Lotus Evora

TopSpeed Rendering: 2013 Lotus Evora

Lotus’ decision to halt plans for the Elan because it looked too much like the Evora model is kind of funny considering the Evora will be undergoing some aesthetic changes for its next generation as part of the "Lotus New Era" outline. All told, the Evora is scheduled to receive no less than 150 changes compared to the current model so we figured it would be appropriate to take a stab at what it would look like.

Expected to debut sometime in 2013, the Lotus Evora is getting a makeover to boost the aggressive factor and make it a viable competitor for Ferrari models. Lotus’ ex-Ferrari design boss, Donato Coco thinks the current Evora’s front end is "too weak" adding, “Even many economy cars look more aggressive.” The new design will hearken back to the Lotus 18 single-seater seen at the beginning of the 1960s.

Lotus was struggling with slow sales of the current Evora and although there was a boost when the Evora S debuted, the company needed to act fast to keep the momentum going. Their "Lotus New Era" outline, as well as plans to build their own V6 and V8 engines, will hopefully keep things going int he right direction.

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Lotus prepares to blow the roof off the Elite

Lotus prepares to blow the roof off the Elite

Now that Lotus has unveiled its new design direction at the Paris Auto Show, the British manufacturer is ready to dish out a serving of the buffet they have prepared.

The specific model that is to serve as an appetizer to whet our appetites is a drop top version of the Lotus Elite sports car set to compete with models like the Ferrari California, Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster, and Aston Martin DB9 Volante.

The car is a long way away from becoming a prototype, but it is already rumored that the roof will be made of a combination of metal and glass. This will allow lots of light to enter the cabin when the hood is in place, but will facilitate keeping the overall weight down. The top will be fully electric and will tuck into a space behind the rear passenger seats.

Like with the coupe version, the future roadster will be powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine that produces around 542 HP with a 0-60 mph time of around 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 196 mph. An R version will develop an amazing 612 HP.

The new model will be priced at £115,000 ($180,000 at the current exchange rates) and should go on sale in 2014.

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Rendering: Lotus Elite Track Version

Rendering: Lotus Elite Track Version

A few days ago, Lotus released the initial details of their future hybrid supercar, theLotus Elite. Being since this is one of the first cars Lotus has introduced as part of their brand reinvention, it comes as no surprise that artists have already taken the vehicle to the next level by providing us with a rendering of what the Lotus Elise would look like if it was bound for the track. Maybe even a trip to LeMans.

This rendering takes the supercar to the next level by providing it with what looks like touches of carbon fiber throughout the length of the car, more than likely to help reduce the car’s weight. New side vents have also been added, as well as a new hood vent to help cool down the engine. This photo also shows a new front grill, rear spoiler, and side skirts. The yellow from the standard model’s brake calipers has been extended to dual yellow stripes going down the car’s bonnet.

The standard Lotus Elite comes powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine that produces around 500-plus horsepower with a 0-60 mph time of around 3.5 seconds and a top speed of just under 200 mph at 196 mph. We would obviously expect the track version of the Elite model to produce slightly higher numbers than these.

Rendering Credit: Jack Darton

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Lotus Evora caught filming in the French Alps for a Lotus/James Bond tribute video

Lotus Evora caught filming in the French Alps for a Lotus/James Bond tribute video

There have been recent rumors spreading around that the new James Bond movie is in the works as we speak and for its part, Lotus seems to be trying to get the producers to bring their brand back to becoming 007’s next ride.

While these are still rumors – we haven’t really heard anything from MGM regarding this matter – it did make us a little curious to see a Lotus Evora being filmed in the Chamonix in the French Alps as part of a Lotus tribute to all the previous cars that have starred opposite Her Majesty’s Secret Weapon in a lot of the 22 Bond movies that have been released.

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Hennessey GT to make world debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed

Hennessey GT to make world debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed

The Hennessey Venom GT was supposed to make its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show but recent reports that the American super car’s unveiling will be pushed back to a later date has certainly dampened a lot of people’s expectations going to Geneva.

Then again, it will only be for a few more months because word has it that the Venom GT has now been pegged for a July world debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and a US debut a month later at Monterey.

One thing’s for sure though; the car with a 1,000 horsepower twin-turbo engine is one of those cars that is sure to become – if it hasn’t already – one of those still-to-be revealed supercars that will be talked about in water coolers everywhere, regardless when it does make its debut.

But now that reports have said that Hennessey has decided on the Goodwood Festival of Speed to make the public unveiling of the Venom GT, it should douse the anxiety from all of those who were disappointed to know that the American super car won’t make it to Geneva.

It’s only a few more months; we can wait that long. Or at least some of us.

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Lotus F1's 2010 Formula One car spied doing test runs in Silverstone

Lotus F1’s 2010 Formula One car spied doing test runs in Silverstone

Of the four new teams that are scheduled to make their inaugural Formula One race in Bahrain, only one of them can say that they’ve been there and done that. And after recent spy shots were taken at Silverstone, we can now definitely say that Lotus has returned to Formula One.

It’s hard to imagine that it’s been 15 years since Lotus was part of the F1 grid, but after seeing that unmistakable green and yellow coated F1 car that has long been synonymous with Lotus running some tests in Silverstone, there’s no denying now that one of the most successful F1 outfits in history has come back to, dare we say, restore its lost glory.

Lotus’ first test-run at Silverstone was emotional on a lot of levels for those involved in the team’s return to Formula One. Even Tony Fernandes, Lotus’ team principal, admitted that he got emotional after watching the car make its first test run around Silverstone. In this official Twitter feed, Fernandes said, "Shakedown started. Quite a few tears."

If a simple test-run in the middle of February could bring such emotion to a lot of people, you can imagine that it’s going to be a lot more emotional when Lotus lines up at the grid in Bahrain.

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2012 Lotus Esprit rendered

2012 Lotus Esprit rendered

The upcoming Lotus Evora will surely be one of the English automaker’s greatest products of the company’s recent history. The Evora better enjoy the limelight while it lasts, because in 2012 the legendary light weight sports car builder will be bringing back a legend: the Esprit. The mid engine sports car was a huge success from 1976 thru 2004; and the next generation model should not be any different, competing head to head with models like the future Ferrari F450, Lamborghini Gallardo and the Audi R8 V10.

The new Lotus Esprit will get be powered by a range of engines: the entry level version will get the same 3.5 Liter V6 making 300 HP from the Evora, the next rung on the ladder will be a 414 HP 5.0 Liter V8 from the factory hot rod Lexus IS-F, but the big news surrounds the top of the line Esprit, powered by the same engine as the Lexus LF-A super car, a 4.8 Liter V10 making 550 HP. No matter which power plant you choose, they will all be mated to six-speed semi-automatic paddle shift transmissions.

The lightweight nature of any Lotus, combined with the awesome power of an endurance racing super car will ensure that when it finally does arrive, that the next generation Esprit will be a world class sports car. Only fitting of such a high performance machine is that it will sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in than 4 seconds, while hitting a top speed of around 200 MPH should not be difficult.

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Lotus Eagle new spy shots

Lotus Eagle new spy shots

The future Lotus Eagle 2+2 coupe will make its world debut in July at the London Motor Show. It will be powered by a Toyota engine, and CarMagazine thinks it will be something around the 24-valve V6, that produces 262bhp at 6200rpm and 248lb ft at 4700rpm.

It will be priced around £45,000. The Eagle is the first properly new Lotus in 13 years, and will showcase the firm’s new versatile vehicle architecture. The same basic system, which has set hardpoints for the four corners of the car but can be extended vertically and horizontally between them, will also underpin the 2010 Lotus Esprit replacement.

Eagle’s production will begin in October 2008, with first deliveries coming towards the end of 2008.

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Lotus Eagle spy shots

Lotus Eagle spy shots

AutoCar caught the future Lotus GT (known as Eagle) on testings. The future sports car will make debut this July at the London Motor Show and will go on sale in early 2009 at around £45,000.

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Lotus "Eagle" GT - spy shots

Lotus "Eagle" GT - spy shots

Even if the Eagle GT is hidden under this old Esprit body panels, trust us, deep under is indeed Lotus’ new £45,000 GT model. The four-seat mid-sized coupe, codenamed "Eagle" is the company’s most important model since the original Elise. The new Gt will go on sale in 2009.

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2009 Lotus Esprit - spy shots

2009 Lotus Esprit - spy shots

Autocar’s Magazine last issue features a spy photo of the future Lotus Esprit. It was caught inside Lotus’s Norfolk HQ by a snarh-eyed snapper from outside the factory gates.

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2010 Lotus Esprit spied on the road

2010 Lotus Esprit spied on the road

Lotus is currently working on a replacement for the Esprit sports car built from 1976 to 2004. The initial release date was 2008, but current assumptions within the company imply that the actual release date will be December 2009. The 2010 Esprit will be priced at $130.000 (est).
The new Esprit will be built around a new aluminium structure, which Lotus plans to adopt for other cars, too. The exterior design has been signed off; the aerodynamics are being scrutinised in the wind tunnel. At (...)

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2009 Lotus Elise - spy shots

2009 Lotus Elise - spy shots

As you might know, Lotus has recently announced that three new models are on the way, starting 2008. The 2009 Lotus Elise wasspotted on testing in Europe.
It is very posible that the Elise will use the BMW’s 4.4-litre V8, which can also be found in the X5. The Elise will debut in December 2009, but before it two more models will debut. The Proton Satria will debut in May 2008. And in December 2008, it will be followed by a mid-range Lotus. Details are closely guarded, but it will sit (...)

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Lotus Esprit 2008 Spy Shots

Lotus Esprit 2008 Spy Shots

Lotus is developing a new mid-engined Lotus Esprit, due for launch in 2007.
The new Esprit gets a 32-valve, 4.8-liter V-8 engine from BMW delivering 367 hp. The engine will be surrounded by a newly developed extruded aluminum chassis and an all-around independent suspension. The supercar’s top speed is estimated at around 180 mph.
The new Esprit will have priority in the U.S. Lotus will build between 1000 and 2000 units in the company’s home base in Hethel in Great (...)

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