x234623won't the ability to seat 4 destroy the Lotus ethos of performance through light weight?
I mean, if you're talking a very very lightweight car from the start, adding three more people is going to significantly hamper performance if Lotus stays true to its core values.
It looks rather like a stretched Elise...
Well, the Eagle certainly looks low-slung and rakish in an Elise fashion. But insiders are confident the newcomer will forge a new identity for itself. This is the first all-new Lotus product for a good dozen years, don't forget.
The funny shape can be blamed on the Eagle's essential make-up. This is an unusual mid-engined 2+2, and the Toyota-sourced V6 is slung amidships. We've seen the registration document for an Eagle prototype and it runs a 3458cc bent six - probably the engine from the US-market Camry.
That 24-valve V6 has variable valve timing and pumps out 262bhp at 6200rpm and 248lb ft at 4700rpm, power outputs that insiders don't argue with. Our sources suggest that an automatic version is in the pipeline complete with paddle-shifts. Perfect for international markets such as the US.
The boss speaks
Chief exec Mike Kimberley recently spoke about the Eagle project in public for the first time. He said: 'I am delighted with the exceptional “fast-track” progress of Project Eagle - the project is hitting key gateway, timing and technical objectives.
'The project utilises our core competencies in aluminium, and composite body engineering, jointing techniques, and vehicle systems integration.'
hey, the Cayenne gave them enough R&D $ to build the Cayman so you can't complain too much.yeah, a 4 seat DSG lotus just seems like a shameless cash-grab (like the porsche panamera).