Lotus Evora 400 Roadster and 4-Eleven Confirmed

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Gone are the days when Colin Chapman was the numero uno at Lotus Cars and in comes CEO Jean-Marc Gales, a man with an ambition - turn around the destiny of a not-so-popular sports car manufacturer. The Evora 400 and hard knock 3-Eleven are the first products that will see the rejuvenation of Lotus Cars, yet the future is far more interesting.
For starters, Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales confirmed that the R&D boffins are currently working on the “world’s first lightweight SUV.” Slated to rival the likes of the BMW X4, Porsche Macan, and Range Rover Evoque, the unnamed crossover SUV from Lotus promises to weigh about 3,500 lbs (1,587 kg) and be powered by a four-cylinder engine. To be assembled in China together with Goldstar Heavy Industrial, here’s hope the SUV will live up to expectations.

Then there’s the topless sibling of the Lotus Evora 400. Gales let is slip that an Evora 400 Roadster is a priority among the company’s higher-ups, complementing the already hardcore Elise. Although it will be aesthetically similar to the tin-top Evora 400 from the belt line down, rumor has it the Roadster will boast two removable carbon fiber roof panels that will easily fit in the car’s trunk.

With 400 HP and 302 lb-ft (410 Nm) of torque coming from a supercharged Toyota 3.5-liter V6, the upcoming Lotus Evora 400 Roadster could be marginally slower to 60 mph (96 km/h) than the Evora 400, which does the sprint in 4.1 seconds. Curb weight is also believed to top the coupe’s 3,119 lbs (1,414 kg).

Then there’s the 4-Eleven. Nothing much is known about the Lotus 4-Eleven at the present moment, but three things are certain: it will be more badass than the 3-Eleven that debuted at Goodwood, and it will be the fastest and most expensive Lotus ever made. Rumor has it 2017 will see the debut of the Lotus 4-Eleven.
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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