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That’s Rich: Geely Wants To Make Lotus A Ferrari Rival 3
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Ferrari, Geely, Lotus, Reports on 12 3rd, 2017


Two months after it completed the purchase of Lotus, Geely is laying out its plans for the British sports car manufacturer – and we have to say, they’re pretty ambitious.

Although it hasn’t been officially announced yet, Lotus is planning to launch its first SUV, which is probably going to be based on the CMA modular platform that also underpins the Volvo XC40 and Lynk&Co 01. The platform is designed to host high-performance powertrains and of course all-wheel drive, which is obviously good news for Lotus.

Geely’s plans for Lotus though don’t stop with the SUV. According to Autocar, the Chinese company wants Lotus not only to keep making sports cars, but also intends to up its game considerably.

“We are making plans; we want to bring back the heritage of Lotus to be one of the top performers in the luxury sports car segment. Lotus used to be ranked alongside Ferrari and Porsche, so we need to come back in that rank again”, its boss, An Cong Hui, said.

After years of uncertainty, Lotus has recently returned to profitability and now appears to be finally in good hands. Rivaling Ferrari, though? That’s setting the bar perhaps too high – but, hey, the guys have made a great job with Volvo, so they might just do the same for Lotus.

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That’s Rich: Geely Wants To Make Lotus A Ferrari Rival 3
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Ferrari, Geely, Lotus, Reports on 12 3rd, 2017


Two months after it completed the purchase of Lotus, Geely is laying out its plans for the British sports car manufacturer – and we have to say, they’re pretty ambitious.

Although it hasn’t been officially announced yet, Lotus is planning to launch its first SUV, which is probably going to be based on the CMA modular platform that also underpins the Volvo XC40 and Lynk&Co 01. The platform is designed to host high-performance powertrains and of course all-wheel drive, which is obviously good news for Lotus.

Geely’s plans for Lotus though don’t stop with the SUV. According to Autocar, the Chinese company wants Lotus not only to keep making sports cars, but also intends to up its game considerably.

“We are making plans; we want to bring back the heritage of Lotus to be one of the top performers in the luxury sports car segment. Lotus used to be ranked alongside Ferrari and Porsche, so we need to come back in that rank again”, its boss, An Cong Hui, said.

After years of uncertainty, Lotus has recently returned to profitability and now appears to be finally in good hands. Rivaling Ferrari, though? That’s setting the bar perhaps too high – but, hey, the guys have made a great job with Volvo, so they might just do the same for Lotus.

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Lotus CEO Says Its New Generation Of Sports Cars Will Be Very Different From Today’s Models 10
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Electric Vehicles, Lotus, Lotus Elise, Lotus Exige, Reports on 11 10th, 2017


Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales has revealed the company will present a new 10-year plan in 2018.

Speaking with Top Gear, Gales said the plan will include some pretty drastic changes including embracing electrification. The executive went on to say company needs to “adapt to changing homologation laws” and stated the “sports cars we show in the next three years will be different to the ones we’re building now.”

The company’s plan will reportedly kick off in 2020 when Lotus unveils an all-new vehicle. Little is known about the car but Gales confirmed they will be looking into Geely’s parts bin to see if there are any suitable components they can use on their vehicles.

Despite the push for new models, the executive said the company will continue building the Elise and Exige for as “long as we’re allowed to make them.” However, he doesn’t intend to do this indefinitely as Gales told the publication “we do not want to become a Caterham and build the same car for 30 years.”

One the biggest changes will be the introduction of the company’s first crossover. Gales wasn’t ready to talk specifics but confirmed the model will be lower, wider, and lighter than anything else on the market.

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Lotus Exige Cup 430 Is Here To Show Us What Extreme Truly Means 9
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Lotus, Lotus Exige, new cars on 11 9th, 2017


It’s hard to imagine an even more hardcore driving machine than the regular Lotus Exige, though every time we think that, Lotus goes and releases something like this.

Enter the new Exige Cup 430, which supplants the existing Cup 380 at the top of the range.

To make the Cup 430, Lotus has fitted the engine from the Evora GT430, a 3.5-liter supercharged V6 rated at (you guessed it) 430 horsepower, backed by 325 lb-ft (440 Nm) of torque, all channeled to the rear wheels through an open-gate, six-speed manual transmission.

The new Cup 430 is more than just an engine-shoehorn job, though. Lotus has tuned the powertrain specifically for the lighter Exige, fitted more aggressive aero, and (true to founder Colin Chapman’s ethos) made it lighter, too.

In fact, properly specified (without the airbag), the Exige Cup 430 can weigh as little as 2,328 pounds (1,055 kg). With such a power-to-weight ratio, Lotus says its latest model will hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.2 seconds and top out at 180 miles per hour (289 km/h). This despite the 485 pounds (220 kg) of downforce the 430’s new aero package is capable of generating, shifted more towards the front for sharper turn-in – all of which helps in the corners, but creates more drag in a straight line.

The best indicator of the new Cup 430’s capabilities, in the end, may very well be its lap time. Lotus says the ultimate Exige will round its legendary Hethel test track in just 1 minute and 24.8 seconds, making it the fastest production car ever to lap the circuit. That’s 1.2 seconds faster than the hardcore 3-Eleven.

Unfortunately, with federal regulations having long since outpaced the Exige’s development, US customers won’t be able to drive the Cup 430 on American roads (though they may be able to buy it for track duty). The order books are open now in Europe, though, with a £99,800 sticker price in the UK, €127,500 in Germany, and €128,600 in France.

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Lotus SUV Patent Drawings Leaked? 26
Oct
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in china, Geely, Lotus, Lotus Scoops, Reports, Scoops on 10 26th, 2017


A set of patent drawings showing what looks like a crossover coupe from Lotus have found their way online.
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Are The Evora GT430 Models The Best Lotus’ Ever? 20
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in Lotus, Lotus Evora, Lotus Videos, video on 10 20th, 2017


Both the Lotus Evora GT430 and GT430 Sport are the brand’s most extreme Evora variations ever. Not only that, they’re comfortably the fastest. But, are they the best?
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Lotus Unveils Ultra-Rare Elise Cup 260 20
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Lotus, Lotus Elise, new cars, UK on 10 20th, 2017


The new Elise Cup 260 is a limited edition model from Lotus, with just 30 examples to be sold worldwide.
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Lotus Unveils Ultra-Rare Elise Cup 260 20
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Lotus, Lotus Elise, new cars, UK on 10 20th, 2017


The new Elise Cup 260 is a limited edition model from Lotus, with just 30 examples to be sold worldwide.
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Lotus Sports Cars Will Continue Production In UK But SUV Could Be Built Elsewhere 16
Oct
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Lotus, Reports, UK on 10 16th, 2017


Lotus boss Jean-Marc Gales says that production of the sports car models will stay put in Norfolk, UK but a future crossover model could end being built outside their home country.
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After Volvo, Geely Now Completes Acquisition Of Lotus 29
Sep
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Geely, Lotus, Reports, UK on 09 29th, 2017


Chinese automaker Geely has completed the acquisition of the majority stake in Lotus, with Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales remaining in charge of the British sports car company.
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Lotus SUV Could Be Closer Than Ever Thanks To Geely 27
Sep
Posted by Brad Anderson in china, Geely, Lotus, Reports, SUV on 09 27th, 2017


It appears as though the Lotus SUV has edged closer to reality following Geely’s recent purchase of the British sports car maker.
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Lotus Adds 196 MPH GT430 Sport To Evora Range, Priced At £104,500 6
Sep
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Frankfurt-Motor-Show, Lotus, Lotus Evora, new cars, prices on 09 6th, 2017


After introducing us to the new Evora GT430 back in July, Lotus is now expanding the lineup with the addition of the Evora GT430 Sport, unhindered by any extra downforce-creating aerodynamic parts.
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Lotus Returns A Profit Thanks To All Its Special Edition Models 11
Aug
Posted by Brad Anderson in Lotus, Reports on 08 11th, 2017


Lotus has just announced a dramatic financial turnaround which has seen it finish the 2016-2017 financial year with a pre-tax profit.
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Lotus Returns A Profit Thanks To All Its Special Edition Models 11
Aug
Posted by Brad Anderson in Lotus, Reports on 08 11th, 2017


Lotus has just announced a dramatic financial turnaround which has seen it finish the 2016-2017 financial year with a pre-tax profit.
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Lotus Returns A Profit Thanks To All Its Special Edition Models 11
Aug
Posted by Brad Anderson in Lotus, Reports on 08 11th, 2017


Lotus has just announced a dramatic financial turnaround which has seen it finish the 2016-2017 financial year with a pre-tax profit.
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