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By Drew Johnson

Dusting off one of its historic nameplates, Lotus revived its Elan sports car at the Paris Motor Show. Designed as an everyday supercar, the new Elan will begin production in the summer of 2013.

Falling in line with Lotus’ new design language, the Elan looks to be inspired from some of Lamborghini’s creations – especially in its orange Paris Duds. Slotting just above the Elise in the Lotus lineup, the Elan retains a relatively small footprint, but offers more usable than a vehicle of its size.

The standard version of the Elan will come with just two seats, but a 2+2 model will also be available. The Elan’s cockpit can be described as driver-focused, although there are more luxury amenities than you’d find in a current Lotus vehicle.

Dany Bahar, Chief Executive Officer of Group Lotus, said: “If there was ever a car to make you drive the long way home, it’s the Elan. Perfect for both road and track, the Elan not only ticks all the boxes, it creates new ones too.”

Power for the Elan will be provided by a 4.0L V6. Lotus hinted at a supercharged model developing 450 horsepower, but a less powerful naturally aspirated version will likely also be offered. Like the previously revealed Lotus Elite, the Elan will be offered with a KERS-style hybrid system.

At 2,850 pounds, the Elan isn’t exactly Lotus light, but the two-door manages to make the sprint from 0-62 in 3.5 seconds, onto a top speed of 192. Shifting duties are handled by a 7-speed DCT gearbox, sending power to the Elan’s rear wheels.

Lotus expects to begin production of the new Elan in the summer of 2013, with sales kicking off in the fall. Pricing will start from $118,500.



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