Paris 2010: Lotus Elan

- 4.0-litre V6 with 400- or 470bhp - 0-62mph in 3.5- or 3.9 seconds - Targeting the Porsche 911 and Audi R8

It's been 15 years since the last Lotus Elan rolled off the production line, but now Lotus' iconic sports car is back. It will have a mid-mounted 4.0-litre V6 engine and a set of rear seats will be optional.

What's all the fuss about?

The Elan will certainly be no slouch - there will be two versions available when it goes on sale in 2013 - a standard 400bhp model and a hotter R variant with 470bhp. Each car will sprint to 62mph in 3.9- and 3.5 seconds respectively. With a price tag of £75,000, the Elan will be gunning squarely for the Audi R8 and the Porsche 911.

Any new technology?

Lotus is adapting its usual policy of low weight to improve performance and efficiency. The Elan will tip the scales at 1,295kg and each model will emit less than 200g/km of CO2, which will make it a class leader in this area.

Estimated release date: 2013

Estimated cost: £75,000

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