The final concept unveiled by Lotus today is the Eterne. It’s a four-seater, front-mid-engined, rear wheel drive saloon designed and priced to compete with the Aston Martin Rapide primarily, but also with models such as the Porsche Panamera and Maserati Quattroporte.
Two options will be made available for this car, a petrol V8 shared with the Esprit and Elite and a Hybrid with integrated electric motors and KERS.
The V8, with the same power figures (620hp and 720Nm of torque) the Eterne will do 0-100km/h (62mph) in 4.0 seconds. Top speed is 315km/h (196mph) and weight has been trimmed down to 1,800kg.
The Eterne will enter production in early 2015 with deliveries in spring 2015. Potential customers should expect to pay £ 120,000 ( €138,000).
Dany Bahar, Chief Executive Officer of Group Lotus, said:
The Eterne is sensational to look and as with the rest of the range it also over delivers in all other aspects as well. Similar to the Elite, it’s a car of perfect contradictions, it’s compact yet spacious, high performing yet low emitting, relative lightweight yet still reassuringly solid.
We truly believe that there is a market for the Eterne, there is nothing else like it out there both in terms of design, capacity and performance. The biggest difference between the Eterne and it’s class competitors is that it’s not an evolution of an existing two-door model, it’s a deliberate and considered stand-alone creation. It’s the ultimate four door sports car.