Lotus Bringing Evora GTE And Three New Cars To Frankfurt Photo:
Mike Stevens | Sep, 01 2011 | 0 Comments

After wowing crowds at last year's Paris Auto Show with a six-concept preview of its future line-up, Lotus has announced it will bring three new ones to this month's Frankfurt Motor Show.

Lotus is keeping mum on the details, but it has confirmed that at least one member of the trio will be an updated Elise S, replacing the Elise SC and powered by a more energetic 164kW supercharged 1.8 litre engine.

What the re-energised British brand is planning for the remaining Frankfurt-bound concepts is still to be seen.

Lotus has offered one appetite-whetting tidbit however, describing one of the concepts as "one of the quickest road cars" ever to wear the green and yellow badge, while the other represents "a return to another adrenalin-filled motorsport discipline."

The track-inspired Evora GTE road car will also make its production debut at Frankfurt, based on the 'concept' revealed at Pebble Beach last month.

“The response to this model in China has been so incredible, within days we had sold out with 114 orders," Group Lotus CEO Dany Bahar said.

"In response we decided that the only logical step from a business perspective was to increase production and widen our reach."

The Evora GTE is powered by the GTE track car's 313kW 4.0 litre V6 engine, mated to a sequential AMT racing transmission. Centre-locking ultra-lightweight forged alloy wheels prop up each corner.

“What is unique about this car, is not just that it’s a serious race car – it’s a serious car. People get so excited when they see and especially hear it for the first time. It’s a very special car and will appeal to a very special type of driver – and they won’t be disappointed!,” Bahar added.

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