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Lotus Project Eagle news — Where Eagles dare - 2008
The first all-new Lotus in 13 years is set to debut at the
British motor show next week… and we’ve got the first-ever photo.
This is the car codenamed Project Eagle - the final name
won’t be revealed until the car’s unveiling on Tuesday, but expect it to begin
with an ‘E’. We’re rooting for the ‘E-by-gum’, but we fear it’s unlikely.
Anyhow. You’re looking at a mid-engined two-plus-two - the
only one in production, in fact - with a 3.5-litre V6 mounted behind the rear
The engine, sourced from Toyota, will produce 276bhp and
250lb ft of torque, and though there’s no firm word on performance figures,
Lotus asserts that the Eagle (we’ll stick with that for now) is ‘considerably
faster’ round the Nurburgring than the Elise. Which Elise, we’re not sure.
If you’re wondering how big those ‘plus-two’ seats are,
there might be a hint in the fact that Lotus will also be selling the Eagle as
a two-seater with a luggage compartment behind.
We’re also told that a convertible and ‘ultra-high
performance’ Eagle are planned for the future.
Beyond that, details are sketchy. We know there’ll be a load
of leather on the inside, along with ‘blue LED halos’ - so we’re not talking
about a stripped-out racer here.
The first Eagles will arrive in early 2009, with an expected
run of some 2000 cars per year.
Do you want one?