• Dec 23, 2010
Lotus concept cars – Click above for high-res image gallery

Lotus set the motoring community abuzz when it showed up at the Paris Motor Show with a slew of concept cars. These vehicles show the direction Lotus is moving, and each is a polarizing example of a future filled with heavier yet more powerful Lotus sports cars.

The automaker recently brought its Elise, Esprit, Elan, and Elite concept vehicles out to the beach for a day of camera fun. There really isn't much more we can say about these cars that we haven't already said... that is, until someone gives us a few sets of keys (and a lesson in holding back ear-to-ear grins). So stop reading and click through the gallery below.

[Source: Lotus]

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      • 3 Years Ago
      I love Lotus but I honestly don't think they've yet nailed the new Esprit design. The design seems confused on whether to be angular or curvaceous. On top of this, I don't think they've nailed the epic feeling of previous Esprits. I've eyed used Esprit V8's to buy... I can't see myself doing that for this design down the road.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Best family design of any brand out there. They look like affordable Lamborghinis!! I want an Elise front with the back of the Elan.
      • 4 Years Ago
      These cars are much more sharp than older models. The flowing lines accented by sharp edges of the car look stunning especially in the elite. The mean looking face of the esprit sure would be something I would love to be behind driving
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't really like the new elise. It looks... unorganized to me. The current one is one of my favorite sports car designs.
      • 4 Years Ago
      looks like the K1 attack kit car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think it's great that they are making all these new cars, as I'm really fond of the Lotus brand, but I kind of wish they would have kept the Elise more lightweight and more hardcore. I mean Porsche made the Cayenne, but they still keep the 911.

      Well, I mean the new Elise is still really light so I'm just nitpicking, and I'd probably get the new one over the old on looks alone, but I can't help but wish they could have finished the Elise with a final limited model that had a K20. I always felt like that was the only thing missing, and Honda's K20 is just awesome. Or they could resurrect the F20c. I wonder if I'd be able to just do an engine swap someday.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Enough with the "E" names.

      There are other letters in the alphabet. ( Ford, please take note )
        • 4 Years Ago
        Enough with the "Lotus" brand, there are other words in the dictionary!! :)

        Just messing with you: though the "E" names are just too embedded in Lotus' heritage (so was lightness, if I may rant) to say a thing such as the one you said (did I miss understand you? where you joking?) I'd be perfectly fine to see them go back to their original naming scheme, based on the car's project number within the company.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Elite looks spectacular.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree. It is the only one that looks fresh and new. I know I am going to take heat for saying this, but the other two look out dated by exotic standards. I would be interested to know if I am the only one who feels this.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I so badly wish that the Elite's shape came in something that is not unobtainium on a regular professional Joe's salary, new or 3-5 years used even...

      Even if the top is fixed in place, and not folding. Even if it has a 300-350hp 6-cylinder, and not a huge-power V8 with hybrid assist, or whatever.

      Just something attainable that looks that slick as a GT coupe.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You mean like the older leaner Elise? ;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      having touched each and every one, epic want, especially the elise... i'm putting money aside now :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      I want to see that Elan go. Not interested in the Elite or the Eterne.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The design language seems to say -"everyone makes fun of Mazda's silly grin, so let's make our cars either frown or just scowl a bit".
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