• Jul 16, 2008
Click above for more shots of the Lotus Eagle.

Lotus gave up some initial details about the 2+2(ish) tentatively known as the "Eagle" yesterday, and now Autocar has procured a few more shots of the coupe ahead of its unveiling at the London Motor Show next week.

Just to put the Eagle's dimensions into perspective, its wheelbase is approximately 275mm (about 13 inches) longer than the Elise/Exige, or slightly shorter (80mm) than the Porsche 911. The extra space makes for a more livable cabin for at least two of its occupants and allows Lotus to use the international automotive metric for measuring capacity – it can fit one golf bag in the boot.

As previously reported, a 3.5-liter Toyota-sourced V6 will send 276 hp and 250 lb.-ft. of torque through a Toyota-derived six-speed transmission that's been re-engineered by Lotus with a new clutch and a revised gear set. The Eagle's weight is estimated at just over 3,000 pounds.

According to Autocar, Lotus plans an eight-year life cycle for the Eagle, and a convertible version will be released two to three years after sales begin in May of next year.


[Source: Autocar]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Front view: Ferrari 355
      Side view: Ferrari 360 modena
      Rear view: Lotus elise
      Wheels: Ferrari 360/F430 Challenge wheels

      Interior: Interesting... but could look really cheap and plastic-y in person. In these photos, the guage cluster looks like it could have come from any Toyota. Maybe it is better in person.

      They took (stole?) the best of what's out there and cobbled up a Lotus that looks good but lacks innovation. It's certainly the best looking Lotus in 20 years but it's not terribly "new" or "Lotus" looking - aside from the tail.
      • 6 Years Ago
      To quote my good friend Paris Hilton... "That's Hot!"
      • 6 Years Ago
      Lotus,

      I like you. You are one of my favorite car companies.

      I'm disappointed.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm an Elise owner and I have to say, um... *what?* You make higher-grade cars so people, customers, aspire to upgrade to them from your "lower" models. I'm not happy here. The stylingÂ… the numbersÂ… I'm very happy with the Elise, so I have to wonder if the Malaysians have ruined it...?
      • 6 Years Ago
      The greenhouse of the car looks a lot like the Daytona Prototype cars of the Rolex Sports Car Series. They way the windshield sort of bows out and the side windows taper down to the C pillar.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm a little surprised at the humble power figures. This makes it sound like Lotus is using a completely unchanged engine.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm alright with V6 power, as I feel it better suited to counter much the Eagle's potential competitors than comparatively uncultured rasp of most four-bangers. Plus I've always felt that the 2GR deserved a shot in something other than right-lane fodder. I'm not much bothered by the 1.5-ton weight, either. Less would be undoubtedly be nice, but considering Lotus is probably well-aware of what's at stake, I'm willing to cut the Eagle slack until it's actually tested.

      The styling's a let-down, though. Nothing's fundamentally wrong with it, but there was another car once slated for the role of intermediary that Lotus should've taken more inspiration from - the M250 concept. As is, it's an anonymous entry in a market laden with distinctive faces.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Can anyone say NSX? Great looking, underpowered, overpriced and unlike lotus this one weights 200lbs to much. Give It a twin turbo with at least 450 hp then call me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is it just me, or does it look very similar to the Tesla?
      • 6 Years Ago
      they forgot to add the lightness and simplicate. :(
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like it. It looks like Lotus has been eyeing the Tesla (and decided that it looked better than their own car) because this new Lotus looks like a Tesla cousin. Nice job Lotus!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Being that Lotus has a hand in Tesla, its likely sharing parts and panels between the two cars to reduce costs.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm going to cry when a Lotus loses to a Solstice GXP.

      Better get out the tissue box.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm going to laugh when this pudgy Lotus loses to an old Miata or a Honda Fit on the track.
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