First images of Lotus Elite revealed online
The first pictures of the 2014 Lotus Elite concept car were released online in preparation for its in-person debut at the Paris Motor Show, which is scheduled to run October 2-17.
Dany Bahar, CEO of Group Lotus, described the car as being "breathtakingly beautiful" and that the new vehicle "over delivers in all other aspects."
"One could say it's a car of perfect contradictions, it's compact yet spacious, high performing yet low emitting, lightweight yet still reassuringly solid," Bahar said.
The Elite's eye-catching look, which was conceived by Ferrari designer Donato Coco, suggests the car manufacturer is entering a new realm with its line. At the time of Coco's appointment, Lotus said it hoped that the designer's expertise would bring its cars "up to par with its engineering work."
One of the ways the car is stepping out on its own is its size and holds the distinction of being the company's largest car. The car will reportedly be a foot longer than the Evora, which was touted earlier this year as Lotus' larger sports car at 14.2 feet.
According to the company, the Elite has a 5.0-liter V8 gas engine that will provide 611 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque, which will help the vehicle go from 0 to 62 miles per hour in an alleged 3.5 to 3.7 seconds.
However, the Elite, which has 2+2 seating, isn't just about power and style. The new concept car will also take a page from the increasing popularity of hybrid vehicles on the market and offer a hybrid version using KERS technology. Details concerning the hybrid version have not been released yet.
Though the car will be revealed at the Paris show next month, production will start in the spring of 2014.