Amid much pomp and for a huge media crowd, UK luxury car company Lotus has unveiled its first all-new model since the mid-1990s.
Bosses of the Norfolk-based company were at the British International Motor Show in London to take the wraps off the 150mph Lotus Evora yesterday.
The name of the new vehicle, which will go on sale in the UK next spring, has been a closely guarded secret.
The car had merely been called by its project name Eagle before the name was announced amid much ceremony at the show in London Docklands.
The car will go on sale in America around nine months after European distribution begins and it has been designed with some of the larger-sized US customers in mind.
The car has been built to accommodate comfortably a six foot six inch man and door opening and seats have been produced to enable outsize car occupants to be comfortable.
The car is being produced on a special production line at the company’s facility at Hethel near Norwich. It is likely to cost around £50,000 and will be able to accelerate from 0-60mph in under five seconds.
The car sports a 3.6 litre engine and the company hopes to sell around 2,000 of the cars a year.
Lotus chief executive Mike Kimberley said: ‘The Evora is the biggest milestone Lotus has achieved since the Elise 13 years ago.
‘It represents the core values of performance through light weight and efficiency and proves that you can have phenomenal performance, fuel efficiency and an elegant design.’
Which? will be reporting from the British International Motor Show with updates and video footage of the latest launches.