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December 24, 2010

Auto Briefs

Concept Car: Lotus offers glimpse of the future with five concepts

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Clockwise from top: The Elan, Esprit, Eterne, Elise and Elite. (Lotus)

Lotus made a stir at the Paris Motor Show in October with five sportscar concepts meant to showcase the future of the brand. The Esprit, planned for production in 2013, is a two-seater with a V8 that can go from zero to 60 in less than 3.5 seconds. The Elan, also due in 2013, is powered by a 450 horsepower V6. Its dash features a digital race track readout and racing steering wheel. The Elite, due out in 2014, has a company-first retractable hardtop and a top speed of 195 mph. The Eterne, slated for 2015, is a four-seat hybrid that will get 612 hp. And the Elise, the lowest priced option at $55,000, will get 320 hp when it debuts in 2015.

--NWautos staff

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