The Lotus latest offering sticks to those roots, while also taking the title for quickest and most expensive. Meet the Lotus 3-Eleven.
Introduced at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Lotus calls the 3-Eleven “an uncompromised manifestation of the Lotus spirit,” focused on “providing an undiluted driving experience” of “legendary handling and blistering speed.”
Packing a tweaked version of the supercharged 3.5-liter V6 from the Evora 400, the newest Lotus cranks out 450 horsepower. The Road version sends that power through a true six-speed manual transmission and Torsen limited slip; the Race variant, with an FIA-approved seat, six-point harness, racing data logger and on-board fire suppression, gets a paddle-shifted six-speed sequential transmission, semi-dry sump engine lubrication, and an oil cooler.
Production of this purpose-built machine begins in February 2016. The 3-Eleven Road rings in at around $129,000 at today’s rates, with the Race version demanding roughly $151,000.
The Lotus 3-Eleven made its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend
The Lotus 3-Eleven features an aerodynamic roll-bar cover
four-piston calipers are accompanied by grooved and vented brake discs
CEO jean-marc gales formally announced the car at the Goodwood festival of speed