• Sep 30, 2010
2015 Lotus Elise Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

There's no denying that Lotus had lost its way prior to the release of the much-loved Elise. The company that Colin built had strayed from its roots of lightweight sports cars and drifted towards the exotic realm... and it had drastic effects on the company's bottom line. Thankfully, the Elise and its hard-core cousin, the Exige, set the company back on the straight and narrow.

All of this begs the question, though: How do you update a modern classic like the Elise? Lotus' answer is currently being shown off at the Paris Motor Show. Here are the basics: 320 horsepower from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine procured from Toyota, a six-speed manual and optional paddle-shifted automatic transmission, and a 2,409-pound curb weight. This supercharged model can hit 62 in 4.3 seconds. Price? $55,000.

For those keeping track of such things, which is to say nearly all of you, that is indeed heavier and more expensive than the current Elise... and that's not good. Fortunately, Lotus promises that there will be less expensive versions of the 2015 Elise available, presumably without the benefit of forced induction. There will also be both hard-and soft-top models on offer.

What all Elises will offer, though, is a more luxurious cabin and easier entry and exit. We're loving the look of the interior, with its pod-like binnacle of instruments, steering wheel with F1-style progressive shift lights and its digital rendering of race circuits for those venturing out the the track. As for the exterior, well, let's just say we're not quite on board yet with what Lotus designers have planned for the brand's future. Fortunately they have plenty of time to change our minds.

UPDATE: Video added after the break and live shots added in second gallery below.




Live photos copyright ©2010 Drew Phillips / AOL



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      • 4 Years Ago
      I can't believe I'm saying this about a 2400 pound car, but isn't that too heavy?

      But I'm glad they have done away with the useless top of the old ones that took forever to put on and take off.

      I kind of wished they would have stuck with the concept of being ultra lightweight though, but I guess for 300hp that is plenty light. I hope they'll at least stick with it being minimal in comforts, although I guess if it can look nicer without adding weight I don't mind
      • 4 Years Ago
      wow i really really like this new elise concept, 2400 pound is 1088 kg, the elise today weighs about 900 kg, so its almost 200 kg more, thats a lot, and worries me a little, but i have to say this car is striking, love it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A better name would be Lotus Elephant.

      Too big, too heavy, too much.

      Colin weeps.
      • 4 Years Ago
      any one else see the resemblance to the Mitsubishi RA concept?
      http://www.tuningnews.net/news/080114b/mitsubishi-concept-ra-hr-02.jpg
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think it looks good, and the fact that it has a 3rd pedal puts a smile on my face too, just not sure if it looks good enough to justify the cost over the Toyota FT-86 with a turbo.
        • 4 Years Ago
        FT-86 is vaporware AFAIC
      • 4 Years Ago
      Its not that this is bad...its just not Lotus.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree looks great but I was hoping for more of a evolution of the Elise. Carbon Fiber Cabin, Carbon Fiber body panels, no carpet, no plush seats, hell no leather shift boot. Again more of a evolution of lighter everywhere faster everywhere. This just screams a different direction.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This makes perfect sense to me: The Elise is the sports car for the masses: An incredible chassis that is maybe wieghed down and padded with a little too much fluff for the most hard-core enthusiasts. Thats where the Exige comes in. As it is now; the difference between an elise and an exige is minimal.. I would expect that gap to grow a LOT in this generation.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's a Mid-engined, Rear-drive 2-seater with modern Toyota power?

        Best MR2 Toyota ever!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Please stop with the carp mouths.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, those specs, that price, that weight, those looks?

      Why pay $15k more for a comparable Cayman?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not a fan of the styling- what happened to the hardcore lightweight track star look? And why the nice interior? The whole reason I like the current elise is that it throws practicality out the window in favor of terrorizing a road course instead.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm pretty sure it still will, only it'll look menacing as hell doing it.

        Right on, Lotus... now bring it!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Tell me why this car looks like a downsized MP4-12C?

      Not that thats a bad thing but a little designing of your own would be nice.

      Oh and if this car can push 320hp stock, the Exige better be pushing 400... im hoping thats not too much to ask :P
      • 4 Years Ago
      Very sweet Lotus! No K(omplexity)ERS for me, thanks. I'll take the gas only powertrain.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wow, not once did you bring up the 2uetto, but you still managed to look like a moron.
      • 4 Years Ago
      wow. just wow. way to really stick it to porsche. looks like lotus is going to have a very safe future ahead of them.
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