The British niche automaker that, despite its relatively modest size, plays a major role in the market by selling its engineering services and complete platforms to numerous coach-builders around the world (including the famous Tesla Motors start-up), will soon start selling its new Lotus 2-Eleven sports car.
Officially launched at the 2008 international motor show in Geneva, the vehicle will be, perhaps, the cheapest Lotus ever.
Equipped with a 190 hp 1.8 liter naturally aspirated engine (I guess this must be identical to the DOHC and VVTL-I four-banger the 2007 Lotus Elise comes fitted with) and weighing no more than 720kg, the 2-Eleven takes only 4.3 seconds to reach 60 mph from a standstill and stops accelerating at 140 mph (225 km/h).
It will have a set of semi-slick Yokohama tires and a double wishbone suspension just like a real race car.
The manufacturer promises that the Lotus 2-Eleven will be available in the UK at a price of £27,995 MSRP including VAT and will cost €34,695 excluding tax, duties and delivery charges for the rest of Europe.