Lotus Eterne 2015: The Amazingly Paradoxical Creation!
Unveiled at the Paris Motor Show along with five other somewhat ambitious projects, the Eterne is a classic example of exuberant style and luxury. Touted as the ‘next big thing’ in the world of luxury sedans by Lotus executives, the Eterne made several heads turn at the auto show. With a price tag of £120,000, the Lotus Eterne will lock horns with the likes of Aston Martin’s Rapide in the market for sports sedans.
On first impressions, the Lotus Eterne is a vision of elegance and grace. A stylish design replete with smooth curves and sharp angles, a car like this is definitely a traffic stopper in terms of appearance!
Seems like Lotus’ new designer Donato Coco has left no stone unturned in ensuring that his latest venture has nothing lacking in terms of charisma and design. And, the elegance is not only restricted to its looks because performance wise, the Lotus Eterne is aggressive and fiery. In order to make it as fast and furious as possible, Lotus is planning to use extremely lightweight materials. And with considerable utilization of materials such as carbon fibre and aluminium, the basic version will weigh around two tons.
“It’s a car of perfect contradictions, it’s compact yet spacious, high performing yet low emitting, relative lightweight yet still reassuringly solid” said Lotus CEO Dany Bahar. And his statement defines the Eterne perfectly! It is a four door sedan with a front engine and seating for four. It will be powered by a 5.0L V8 engine. Lotus is collaborating with Toyota/Lexus engineers to produce an engine design that will give 720NM of torque, 620hp and a top speed of 195mph. And if you take this mean machine for a spin then you can go from 0 to 60mph in just four seconds!
The Eterne will also come with the option of a hybrid engine for those who are ecologically conscious and wish to reduce their emissions. Though the details are still slightly hazy on this, it will possibly feature an electric motor teamed with the existing engine and transmission. Its features will also include the option of either a Rear Wheel Drive (RWD) or All Wheel Drive (AWD).
Lotus is also planning to equip the Eterne with a regenerative braking system called KERS, which in automotive terms is called the Kinetic Energy Recovery System. All in all, it is a car that will offer thrilling speed, amazing power and highly advanced features.
Dany Bahar has proudly stated “The biggest difference between the Eterne and its class competitors is that it’s not an evolution of an existing two-door model, it’s a deliberate and considered stand-alone creation. It’s the ultimate four door sports car”. We will have to wait for the spring of 2015 to know for sure!