More unconfirmed information has surfaced about Lotus’ line up for the Paris Motor Show, with sources reporting the Hethel based company presenting four new models, with two of them using some form of hybrids powertrain.
First up is a modern interpretation of the Lotus Seven. According to sources Lotus has made the car heavier and more comfort orientated with niceties like air conditioning. The original was more like the Caterham’s that you see today, which is in a way a descendant of the original Lotus Seven.
Even more surprising is the fact that there won’t be anything Lotus about the car, as the car is based on a “stillborn” Spanish sports car concept and most probably will be produced in Spain. This is expected to be priced around the $100,000 mark.
An Esprit is also said to make an appearance, which was previously put on hold by former CEO Mike Kimberly, to push forward the Evora, deemed more important at the time. The car is said to be mid-engined with a turbocharged V8. Moving away from its lightweight roots, the car will use minimal carbon fiber and more bonded aluminum materials.
Most exciting is the introduction of two front-engined Lotus hybrids. One will definitely be a premium Lotus-badged version of the Proton EMAS Concept. All this will be displayed alongside the Lotus Evora S and the Lotus IPS in Paris on the 30th of September 2010. We will keep you updated as soon as we hear anything.