Lotus shows its new Grand Tourer, the Elite

Lotus continues its domination on global sports car in the 2010 Paris Motor Show unveiling the Lotus Elite. The Elite represents that "lighter is better" because it is a hefty, four-passenger grand tourer weighing 3,600 pounds. The reason for its heaviness is its retractable, folding hardtop. Though its heavy it has a good looking, aggressively styled powerhouse. Under the hood you can find a modified version of the 5.0-liter V8 out of a Lexus IS-F. The unit is then massaged to produce 611 horsepower which propels the car to a sub-four-second 0-60 time and a top speed of 195 miles per hour. The Elite will also be fitted with KERS for a quick boost of recovered energy.

The front mid-engine layout should help balance the Lotus Elite and make for an exciting driving experience. We expect this car to represent a slightly softer side for the automaker, but that's like saying we expect a bomb to hurt less than a missile. The entire Lotus lineup is poised in attack position, the Elite just happens to wear clothes from the Big and Tall store.

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