Lotus has disclosed plans to build an Evora 400 Roadster as well as a 4-Eleven.


In an extensive interview with Top Gear magazine, Lotus chief Jean-Marc Gales announced there will be a roadster version of the recently introduced Evora 400 and will feature dual carbon fiber roof panels stowed in the front and each weighing only 3 kg (6.6 lbs). It will carry over the coupe's V6 3.5-liter supercharged gasoline engine with 400 bhp (298 kW) and 410 Nm (302 lb-ft) which will enable the car to perform the 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in a little over the 4.1 seconds needed by its fixed roof sibling while top speed will likely decrease a bit from 186 mph (300 km/h).


Gales also said there is going to be an even more hardcore 4-Eleven scheduled to come out two years from now. He didn't go into any details, but it will obviously be even more powerful and quicker than the 3-Eleven which in race specification has 450 bhp & 450 Nm in a body that weighs less than 900 kg (1,984 lbs). As a consequence, expect performance figures to surpass those of the 3-Eleven which does the sprint in less than 3 seconds and tops out at 180 mph (290 km/h).

He also shed more details about the company's first ever SUV which will be built in China and is programmed to come out over there in 2019 or 2020, with the possibility of seeing it in Europe (with a diesel engine) after the end of the decade. Gales mentioned it will be the size of a Porsche Macan, but with a targeted weight of 1,600 kg (3,527 lbs) and is going to be powered by a four-cylinder engine. He promises it will be the "most agile and fastest of the class on a track."


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