• Jun 29, 2008

Reports indicate that the highly-anticipated Lotus Eagle will be making its debut next month at the British Motor Show. The 2+2 sports car will be the first all-new Lotus in about 13 years, and will reportedly be powered by a Toyota-sourced 3.5-liter V6 lifted out of the Camry family sedan but highly modified for the task by Lotus' own engineering gurus. Output is pegged at 268 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque in naturally-aspirated guise, with a turbocharged version also reportedly in the works.

Along with the latest reports comes this teaser image reportedly released by Lotus ahead of the vehicle's debut, which joins the image of the front suspension module released way back in February and the spy shots that have been trickling in ever since. The teaser shows an unmistakably Lotus front end draped by a sheet which we hope to see lifted on July 22 from the show in London.

[Source: CarScoop]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Come on, people, do you really think lotus would offer a toyota engine with the exact same specs as it appears in the Camry, an econo sedan? 300hp would be a piece of cake and something like 320,330 is easily possible.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow that looks tall. I know lotus can do something nice to this engine.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think they could save a few pounds by eliminating the fog lights.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well if the V-6 from the Camry fits won't a Toyota (almost typed Toybota, darn you Jezza) Hybrid drivetrain fit as well?? The first (factory?)Hybrid Lotus might be in the works here.
        • 6 Years Ago
        3.6L DOHC V6.

        That's a lot of heft right there. I don't think this is the normal Lotus-type car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ ^^

        It is an all aluminum block/head and is pretty light.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Using the Toyota mill is a Good Choice, Lotus and Toyota have had a longstanding symbioses through the decades as evidenced by the Elise's current powerplant. The suspected engine choice, the 2GR-FE, doing time in the Camry and its clones is often picked out as the one surprising revelation in the rather mundane package of utili-cars Toyota peddles to the public.
      The original MR2 was developed in colaboration with Lotus ( some would say it was INDEED a re-hashed Lotus project ) and things turned out quiet well. Lotus handling coupled with Toyota reliability. British cars using alternative engine suppliers is not such a bad idea, Rolls-Royce had BMW as their supplier before the complete buyout years back. Noble's M12 and M15 employ Ford's Duratec V6, raspy little bugger at those outputs. Which is to say it will turn out well given the history of both companies working together, don't forget the time and development costs associated with developing a mill in-house ( as in the last Esprit V8 ) or collaborating with a new manufacturer who may not be as willing or open to developing their engine for a third party.
      The downside, of course, is the less specific output per liter compared to other possible engine choices ( not to mention tractability, max redline, willingness to rev etc. ) and the somewhat limited amount of extra power that can be extracted or "tuned" out of the OEM lifted powerplant may be only stretch so far in the engine software re-mapping, airbox, exhaust, etc.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This could be the best car ever. And maybe the best platform to build an electric sports car from. I cant wait to see what can be done with the Toyota 3.5 V-6.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Last I checked, the Elise ran a 1.9L high-revving Toyota motor. That's a lot different from a 3.5L 268HP V6, even if it is from the same company.

        Of course, these are the same knuckleheads who started out with a Rover I4 in the original Elise, they don't seem to be sufficiently picky about their their motors.
      • 6 Years Ago
      FYI. Don't believe everything you read, CarScoop did not get a scoop at all. This image is not a new teaser, it has been on the Lotus 60 Anniversary website for months: http://www.lotus60thanniversary.com/headliners.php

      Try to find something new .....
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