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What happened to their grand plans? Cancelled. All of them. But we can still look back wistfully at what could have been.
My personal favourite from these concepts, the Elan brings to mind a mini Lamborghini. Look at this Hawklike nose, and those hips! It was to be powered by a 450-horsepower supercharged 4.0-liter V6 engine with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox from Toyota, which offered enough power to get to 62 miles per hour in just 3.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 193 mph. Lotus also promised that a hybrid will be available using a Kinetic Energy Recovery System similar to those seen in Formula One a season ago. Way to break a promise, Lotus.
Weight came in at 2,849 pounds, and there is room for a driver and a passenger, but Lotus was also to optionally deliver the Elan with two tiny perches out back. Seems Lotus had the the Porsche 911 in its sights with this one.
The Elan was going to be priced around $120,000.
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