Lotus Elite

The Lotus Evora gave us a hint of where the company's design language was headed, but we still weren't quite prepared for the sleek, angular lines of the Lotus Elite ($180,000). Powered by a front/mid-engine 5-Liter V8 sourced from the Lexus IS F and hooked to an automatic tranny with optional use of hybrid technology with KERS, the Elite boasts 611hp, a 0-100 km/h time of roughly 3.6 seconds, and a top speed of 195 mph, this retractable hardtop 2+2 is primed to vault Lotus into the supercar market in a big — and stylish — manner.

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