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15 July, 2008 - 14:27 By Staff Reporter

Lotus lets the Eagle out of the bag

Norfolk sportscar maker, Lotus has released more details of its brand new model - codenamed 'Eagle' - ahead of its debut at the British Motorshow in London on July 22nd.

The first new model from Lotus since the Elise in 1995, Eagle will enter the market as the only mid-engined 2+2 sportscar in production.   Powered by a 3.5-litre V6 producing 280 PS, the new car employs innovative lightweight chassis technology to ensure "visceral all-round dynamic performance, in keeping with the great Lotus tradition."  Lotus reports that although the car is still "in the very early stages of development testing," Eagle  is considerably faster around the Nürburgring circuit than the Elise and more stable at speed than the Exige. The Norfolk company is predicting 0 to 60 speeds of sub five seconds and a top speed of  about 160 mph.   The official name for the Eagle will be announced at a press conference at the British Motorshow.    As well as being sold in a 2+2 configuration, the car will also be available as a purely two-seater, the space in the rear being allocated to luggage storage. Other derivatives are also planned for the future, including a convertible and an ultra-high performance version.   Deliveries of Project Eagle will begin in Spring 2009, with only 2000 of the hand crafted cars planned each year.   Mike Kimberley, CEO of Group Lotus said: “Project Eagle is the biggest milestone Lotus has achieved since the Elise was born 13 years ago.  We are currently working at broadening the appeal of the Lotus brand through an aggressive 5-year model plan of which this car represents the first exciting step.” A further two new models are planned over the next three years.  

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