Lotus to launch 3-Eleven sports car

Lotus to launch 3-Eleven sports car

Lightweight, racetrack-inspired vehicle to start at $129,000.

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June 29, 2015

Norfolk, United Kingdom – Lotus has unveiled the 3-Eleven high performance sports cars. Designed as a manifestation of the Lotus spirit, the new car is focused on providing an undiluted driving experience, and underlines the company’s ability to deliver legendary handling and blistering speed.

The new vehicle features an all-new lightweight body, with an open cockpit design and a revised V6 supercharged engine developing 450hp. Two variations of the Lotus 3-Eleven will be available: Road and Race; both delivering an impressive combination of high performance, agility and precision. Based on the Road version, the Race includes a more aggressive aero kit, a sequential gearbox, and an FIA approved driver’s seat with a six-point harness.

With a dry weight of below 900 kg (Race version), the 3-Eleven offers an enviable power to weight ratio, in excess of 500hp per ton, and is capable of sprinting from 0mph to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds before reaching a maximum speed of 174mph for the Race version and 180mph for the Road version

Jean-Marc Gales, CEO for Group Lotus plc, states, "We always say that to make a sports car better, you make it faster and lighter. The new Lotus 3-Eleven carries that philosophy to a new level, and is perfectly in keeping with our brand values. This new car is a giant slayer, capable of embarrassing far more expensive rivals. It condenses our engineering know-how into one, hard-core package, and is so focused that it won’t suit everyone. This is a perfect demonstration of the faster and lighter concept, something which will be crucial to all Lotus cars in the future.”

The new Lotus 3-Eleven will enter production in February 2016 and deliveries will commence in April 2016. Production will be limited to just 311 vehicles in total.

Prices start at $129,000 (£82,000) for the Road version (including VAT and on the road costs) and £96,000 excluding VAT for the Race version (£115,200 including VAT -- $182,000).

Source: Group Lotus plc