Lotus 3-Eleven detailed in two editions, limited to 311 vehicles

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Two versions of the new Lotus 3-Eleven have been revealed this week as “the quickest production Lotus road car(s) ever.” These vehicles are being touted by the Lotus company as having a “dramatic, all-new lightweight composite body” at this week’s 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Inside the new Lotus model, drivers will find a revised V6 supercharged engine with a 450 hp. This release, the company suggests, “heralds a new generation of Lotus high performance sports cars,” all-new body and open cockpit included.

The dry weight of this vehicle is just helot 900 kg – that’s in the Race version. The Lotus 3-Eleven works with the ability to go from 0-60 mph in less than 3.0 seconds, while its maximum speed is 174 mph (280 km/h) for the Race version and 180 mph (290 km/h) for the Road version.

Lotus 3-Eleven detailed in two editions, limited to 311 vehicles

This vehicle works with a power to weight ratio of over 500 hp per tonne.

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The powertrain in this vehicle sports a supercharged and charge-cooled 3.5-litre V6 engine, Lotus traction control system, and Limited Slip Differential as standard. This engine is a revised version of the V6 inside the Evora 400. Power output has been increased to 450hp (456 PS / 336 kW) at 7000 rpm while torque has been given a boost to 450 Nm / 332 lbs ft with maximum torque available from 3500 rpm through to 6500 rpm.

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“This new car is a giant slayer, capable of embarrassing far more expensive rivals,” said Jean-Marc Gales, Chief Executive Officer for Group Lotus plc.

“It condenses our engineering know-how into one, hard-core package, and is so focused that it won’t suit everyone. This is a perfect demonstration of the faster and lighter concept, something which will be crucial to all Lotus cars in the future.”

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This vehicle will be hand-built in Hethel, England, finished in Lotus Motorsport’s dedicated workshops prior to delivery.

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Production on this vehicle will begin in February of 2016, while deliveries will commence in April of 2016. Production will be limited to a total of 311 vehicles.

Prices start at £82,000 for the Road version (including VAT and on the road costs) and £96,000 excluding VAT for the Race version (£115,200 including VAT).

You can learn more about the Lotus 3-Eleven at the Lotus brand page, and stick around SlashGear’s Lotus tag portal for updates and up-close photos in the near future.

(slashgear.com)

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