Speaking Factors

  • Mercedes-AMG M139 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo rumoured to energy new sportscar
  • World unveiling due at 2021 Goodwood Competition of Pace
  • All-new aluminium chassis designed for standard and electrical drivetrains

Lotus will right now be unveiling its first new sportscar in practically ten years, in response to a leaked internet invitation. 

First reported by Korean web site autospy.web, the invitation doesn’t present a lot apart from the brand new sportscar’s headlight design and its prototype codename. 

Dubbed the Kind 131 for now, the brand new mid-engined sportscar is known to be based mostly on a model new bonded all-aluminium chassis created from Lotus’s present manufacturing {hardware}. 

The brand new chassis has been designed from the outset to cater for inner combustion engines, hybrid powertrains and finally all-electric functions. 

The Kind 131 can have the tough job of changing all three of the Hethel agency’s soon-to-be-ceased efficiency automotive fashions – the Elise, Exige, and Evora.

The leaked Lotus Kind 131 occasion invitation

In line with studies from French web site automobile-sportive, the brand new sportscar can have two powertrains accessible from launch. 

Firstly, and most surprisingly, the brand new Kind 131 will likely be powered by a Mercedes-AMG-sourced 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder motor, with energy rumoured to be within the area of 275-300kW. 

Given the speculated energy output, this might point out the Kind 131 will most certainly be powered by the identical M139 turbo four-pot present in Mercedes-AMG’s ballistic A45 S. 

Whereas there’s no phrase but on its gearbox, there’s a robust chance the Kind 131 may additionally use the A45 S’s eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Mercedes-AMG’s M139 turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine

The second anticipated powertrain for the brand new sportscar is Toyota’s 2GR-FE 3.5-litre supercharged V6 present in each the present Evora and Exige. 

The blown bent-six motor is rumoured to churn out 335kW, and will likely be mated to a six-speed handbook transmission.

Toyota’s 2GR-FE 3.5-litre supercharged V6

Car-sportive additionally studies the brand new Lotus Kind 131 will likely be globally premiered at 2021’s operating of the Goodwood Competition of Pace, which is because of kick-off from July 8 by to July 11. 

Styling for the Kind 131 is claimed to be fairly much like that of Lotus’s all-electric hypercar, the Evija, with easy strains and a smooth general profile. 

You’ll want to watch this area as WhichCar brings you all the newest updates on Lotus’s all-new sportscar.

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