• Sep 30, 2010
2013 Lotus Elan Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

We didn't see this one coming. Lotus' five-car concept explosion at the Paris Motor Show is one of the most welcome surprises sprung on us in recent memory... and the biggest surprise of all may be this Elan. Lotus says its new Elan is slated for a debut in 2013, which makes us wonder what the future may have in store for the current Evora. Pricing for the 2013 Elan is set at $118,500 (£75,000).

In any case, the Elan is powered by a 450-horsepower supercharged 4.0-liter V6 engine with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox from Toyota, which offers enough gumption to scoot to 62 miles per hour in just 3.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 193 mph. Lotus also promises that a hybrid will be available using a Kinetic Energy Recovery System similar to those seen in Formula One a season ago.

Take a good look at the awesome cockpit of the 2013 Elan. Plenty of carbon fiber, plenty of high-tech goodies, even including a digital race track readout for track days. And could anything be better than that awesome flat-bottom and flat-top steering wheel? No, we didn't think so.

Weight comes in at 2,849 pounds and there is room for a driver and a passenger, but Lotus will also optionally deliver the Elan with two itty-bitty perches out back. Are we sensing that Lotus has the Porsche 911 in its sights? You betcha'. Check out the 2013 Lotus Elan in our high-res image gallery below.

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 wait until Kia licenses a version of this, like with the old one. Haha... probably not this time, huh.
      • 4 Years Ago
      WHOA! I thought the Evora looked good. But this just blows the evora (and most ferraris) away
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like it! I don't mind if it's called the Elan. Carmakers have done worse things in history to muddle important model names. At least this is a decent car!

      Styling-wise, I like it! It's a little bit cartoony - like it belongs in a video game. CRZ front end with Honda Accord Coupe side profile. Hmmm... I think this might be what a modern NSX would look like! haha. Overall, definitely a win!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like what I'd imagine an S2000 coupe made by Lamborghini would look like.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Pardon my ignorance. Is it just this concept or Lotus in general do not have radio?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Maybe they are integrating a radio tuner, line input, or bluetooth wireless input into the on-board electronics, without a separate stereo component. Maybe just a hidden, dedicated digital to analog amplifier to drive the few speakers.

        More likely, it is just left off the concept to emphasize the minimalism.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Filled with win. Super elegant.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah, current Evora likely has to go away, but this car is significantly more expensive than the Evora as well so I'm not positive.
      • 4 Years Ago
      New Bond car...I want to see this underwater.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The problem is, Lotus rolled out 4 or 5 cars that looks exactly the same, minus a crease here and there.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Simplecar: Play nice or go home
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Nuieve: Agreed.
        I also do not get the layout or the heights of their price-structure going forward.
        Eterne: $190k [note the Quattroporte fetches $135k MSRP in this segment, btw]
        Esprit: $175k
        Elan: $119k
        Elite: $115k
        ~a massive gulf where some miracle between the Evora, the Europa and the Exige happens~
        Elise: $55k

        -WTF, Dany Bahar?

        There has got to be some conversion-rate-fluffery going on, or these announced prices are Extremely tentative.
      • 4 Years Ago
      First off, that's an awesome looking car and the specs sound fantastic.

      But why the Elan nameplate?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Exactly what I thought. I didn't realize I was reading "Elan" until I got to the comment section. Really? The new Elan? The Miata deserves that name more than this car (for more reasons than it's weight and layout). Simple way to fix this though.

        "Ladies and gentlemen, the new Lotus Elan Concept!"
        -"huh?" "what?" "wait, why?"

        "Ladies and gentlemen, the new Lotus Esprit Concept!"
        -applause, whistling, and a man in the back yells "Finally!!"
        • 4 Years Ago
        Aaand I just saw I they already debuted a new Esprit. Nevermind. Man, I leave AB for an hour and a whole Lotus lineup change occurs. Still though, why not change this to the Europa? If Lotus really wants to build an Elan, maybe they should consult Mazda first.
        • 4 Years Ago
        i say it looks like a mix of a TT and a gallardo
        • 4 Years Ago
        It would seem that with a V6 amidships, and 2+barely2, this would be a 2nd Gen Evora.

        Unless This goes WAY up on price over Evora, how is this car functionally different?

        I always thought Elan was a nicer, more civilized roadster than the Elise, and Elite was the Elan with a roof.

        But maybe more than just the price points and demographic targets are changing for Lotus' future.

        I think I still like Elite's more subtle, graceful styling than this Elan concept, and the new family resemblance is clearly obvious.
      • 4 Years Ago
      that is one good looking car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Needs Moar San Franciso Rush 2049!

      • 4 Years Ago
      Really nice. Makes that lamborghini 'SEMA elemento' look even worse now.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I know this is a Lotus, but to me it looks like it could be the next gen Honda NSX...
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