• Oct 14, 2010
2014 Lotus Elite goes topless – Click above to watch video after the jump

Lotus made quite a splash at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. The automaker grabbed the spotlight by showing off five new concept vehicles. One of the proposed cars is the Lotus Elite, a 2+2 grand tourer powered by a 611-horsepower, supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine borrowed from the Lexus IS-F. One surprising detail for this Lotus is its weight. The Elite tips the scales at 3,600 pounds, which is a mammoth sum for anything carrying the company badge. The reason for much of that extra weight may lie in the roof, as the Elite is fitted with a retractable folding hard-top.

Losing the roof creates a whole new perspective for both the driver and people gawking at the car as it passes by. The dramatic lines get a visual boost with the top stowed, since the eye has fewer places to wander. The result is an attractive grand touring car that aims to rival similar offerings from the likes of Ferrari, Maserati and Aston Martin, even if it is a heavyweight by Colin Chapman's standards.

You can let some virtual wind blow through your hair by watching a new Lotus Elite video clip posted after the jump.

Live photos copyright ©2010 Drew Phillips / AOL

[Source: Lotus]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      3600lbs is less than most fixed-roof coupes with any amount of luxury amenities, like G37, A5, and CTS, let alone hard-top convertibles with all of those machine parts.

      And none of them look that good. This might give Aston Martin a run for their design money.

      I so wish there were something in the 30-45K range, even with a fixed roof, V6 or normal V8 power power, and no hybrid stuff... that looked somewhat similar to this.

      That bullet shaped sleek front end, and nicely sweeping lines... absolutely gorgeous.

      Screw exclusivity. I want ATTAINABILITY. I don't care if other people get to enjoy the same car I get to enjoy. It doesn't lessen my enjoyment for other people to have the same product that I do.
        • 4 Years Ago
        yeah, the whole exclusivity thing just screams. if you're a C**K, this is the car for you.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yup. Looks like autoblog's going to firmly tow the sky is falling lines about lotus because, gasp, they're competing with a full lineup. Why an auto enthusiast website would willfully ignore how COMPETITIVELY placed the new lineup is, especially in regards to weight is beyond me. Saddling lotus with weights of cars based on nostalgia two decades past is just ridiculous.

        What next autoblog? Americans don't like wagons? and diesels don't sell?

        I guess it could be worse, they could be all emo like jalopnik about it. Still, surprisingly sophomoric for an automotive enthusiast publication.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @QAZZY - right, and how much would that cost, and how many examples would they really sell? I don't get people, it makes no sense. New elise packs on a few hundred lbs, is hundreds and hundreds and hundreds and hundreds and hundreds lbs lighter than the cayman while complying with 2015 regulations, two decades later than the last elise was developed. To me, that's a) a huge weight savings (the cayman's no heavy weight) and b) staying well in line with lotus ethos. How anyone would expect a carmaker the size of lotus to maintain the exact same weight while revising the design two decades forwards is beyond me (from a logical, realistic, reasonable standpoint).

        To take that several measures further and to expect the new elise to be a thousand and change lighter than the cayman and hundreds of lbs lighter than the previous iteration 20 years later.. also makes no sense from a realistic business standpoint.

        I guess you guys would prefer they go they way of marcos and just die vs provide the lotus flair and focus on litheness to an ENTIRE LINEUP of supercars.

        *shakes head*

        The Elite is HUNDREDS of lbs lighter than the 599 SA Aperta and still you people complain lotus has lost their way. o.O
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm totally with you, but I don't think the luxury autos are listening :(
      • 4 Years Ago
      A sexy car made even sexier. I want to see it on production line. Nice one Lotus.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Awesome design, simply stunning. Way better than most convertibles out there.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just great.

      After watching that video, I'm now stuck at my desk at work with a boner that wont go away...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Certainly the best folding hard top I've ever seen. It's closer to the Maserati Gran Turismo and Aston Vantage then the Ferrari Calfiornia
      • 4 Years Ago
      Pay close attention everyone... THIS VIDEO is what's been delaying GT5 :). Damn lotus marketing folks taking over polyphony
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sick convertible!
      • 4 Years Ago
      They sorta "yadda yadda yadda'ed" the operation of the top mechanism. Looks like it wants to stack the roof over the rear window. Hope it works.

      Otherwise, Daddy like.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm with Autoblog on this. Goodbye Lotus, nice to meet you!
      • 4 Years Ago
      God this is gorgeous. The profile shot of it driving....stunning. Once this arrives, there will be no reason to plop down for a Ferrari California. 3600 lbs for a Lotus doesn't sound svelte, but for a hard-top luxury GT this will be a lightweight.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A very pretty car with classic proportions. I'm just not crazy about the surfacing on the front fender behind the front wheel. Too fussy. I don't think that will age well.
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