California Autos Examiner

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Lotus' Eagle Has Landed


Hey it's no secret that I'm a Lotus fan (my daughter is named Elise after all). I'm not sure if this car will be "walk into the person in front of you at the auto show" beautiful but it has potential. Of course there was the weird, Faceless People, campaign that was created to help launch the car. Given that Lotus is only looking to shift around 2k units a year was it really necessary to freak people out?

A mid-mounted Toyota sourced 3.5-liter V6 will motorvate the the Eagle. The luxed up Lotus is the first of three new models included in the five year strategic business plan initiated in October 2006 to support Lotus' growth. For those looking to use the Eagle (or whatever they are going to call it) as a commuter, you'll be happy to know that anti-lock brakes, traction and stability controls, bespoke progressive air-conditioning and "cup holders" will be included as standard equipment. In a dig aimed at us Yanks, the press released states "In deference to the American market in particular a module in the headlining will accommodate automatic garage and gate opening remote controls." Odd considering that some of the fanciest gates I've ever seen have been in London's residential areas.

We'll see the 2+2 in all its glory at the British Motorshow in London on July 22nd.

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