To be positioned between the Elite and the Esprit and spoiling for a fight with foes like the Porsche 911, the Lotus Elan is set to make a return appearance to the lineup in the fall of 2013. Referred to as "the beating heart of the new Lotus lineup," this mid-engine/rear-drive GT will come with seating for two but also have a 2+2 option to enhance its utility and provide the same kind of visual presence, aluminum-intensive construction and technological advancement as the automaker's other new offerings.

Motivation for the 2014 Lotus Elan will come from a 4.0-liter force-fed V6 that can make up to 444 horsepower and 343 lb-ft of torque when fitted with the available KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) package. Backed by a seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission, it will send the 2,855-pound Elan streaking from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds with KERS or 3.9 ticks in conventional form and give it with a top speed estimated at 193 mph.

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Calling the car perfect for both road and track use, Dany Bahar, chief executive officer of Group Lotus, believes that "The 2013 Elan will convert people to Lotus, I would challenge people not to become addicted to driving it. It will also go a long way towards dispelling the old misconceptions about this class, that in order to have high performance you must sacrifice usability -- those days are gone." Starting price for the 2014 Lotus Elan is expected to open around $120,000 in Europe.

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