Lotus will inject more performance with the 4-Eleven and Evora 400 Roadster

311-lotus-front angle
Lotus is fully back in the swing of high-performance model production with recent offerings like the Evora 400 and 3-Eleven. After a long period of concept vehicle teasing, financial woes, and leadership changes, the U.K. sports car manufacturer appears to have its mojo back … and it’s not slowing down anytime soon.

Top Gear magazine is reporting that Lotus chief Jean-Marc Gales has revealed that Lotus is planning a roadster version of its Evora 400. The convertible version will use two carbon fiber roof panels that weigh just over 6 pounds each. The same 3.5-liter supercharged V6 from the coupe will carry over with 400 horsepower and 302 pound-feet of torque. Expect the zero-to-60 mph time to be just a touch slower than the coupe’s 4.1-second sprint and its top speed to reach somewhere in the 180-mph range.

Lotus-Evora_400_front angle

If sharing your high-powered fun doesn’t strike your fancy, then Lotus has plans for a more extreme version of its new 3-Eleven mono-seat performance model. The 3-Eleven has two versions: a road-going model, and a track-specific variant with 450 HP and 332 lb-ft of torque in a body that weights less than 2000 pounds.

The proposed “4-Eleven” model will exceed the insane 4.4 pounds per horsepower ratio of the 3-Eleven by keeping things light and adding more power. That will reduce its zero-to-60 mph time to somewhere below 3.0 seconds and raise its top speed beyond the 3-Eleven’s 180 mph benchmark. The 4-Eleven isn’t due out for a couple years, but you’re welcome to begin salivating now.

As a bonus, Gales mentioned Lotus’s upcoming SUV, which will be built in China before the end of the decade. From there, it may sell in Europe, but the chance of it reaching North America is slim. The automaker’s first-ever SUV will weigh around 3,500 pounds and will be about the size of Porsche’s Macan. Gales promised it will be the “most agile and fastest of the class on a track.”

Product Review

The 2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback lets you have your 444-hp cake and eat it, too

Audi expanded the RS 5 family with a high-performance sedan named Sportback. It stands out from rivals like the BMW M3 with a shapely fastback-like silhouette, and it surfs the downsizing wave with a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 in lieu…
Cars

Diesel isn't evil! The best diesel cars on the market do it right

When done right, a diesel engine remains an excellent option for buyers who want to save gas. Modern diesel engines are smoother, peppier, and more efficient than ever before. Here are our current favorites.
Cars

Can BMW’s rebooted 3 Series regain gold standard for sport sedans?

The BMW 3 Series lost its way in 2012; once the gold standard in the sport sedan segment, it disappointed by not living up to BMW's promise of delivering the ultimate driving machine. Can the new model right those wrongs?
Product Review

5 generations later, Microsoft's Surface Pro is still the best 2-in-1 out there

At first glance, the 2017 Surface Pro looks like an incremental update to the Surface Pro 4, which was already our favorite detachable tablet. But does the newest version earn its own place at the top of the 2-in-1 heap?
Cars

Live out your Steve McQueen fantasies with this souped-up Ford Mustang Bullitt

Ford tuner Steeda teamed up with Chad McQueen, son of Steve McQueen to create the ultimate 'Bullitt' tribute car. It's an upgraded version of the recently launched 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt.
Cars

Volvo leverages the power of software to build more dynamic cars

Volvo has asked sister company Polestar to make its cars more dynamic to drive through a software update. Offered at an extra cost, the AWD optimization upgrade sends more power to the rear wheels when the driver turns on dynamic mode.
Product Review

Grins come standard: Mazda's 2019 MX-5 Miata will plaster a smile on your face

We take Mazda’s updated 2019 MX-5 Miata on a road trip from San Luis Obispo to San Francisco to experience the updates. With a revised engine and more power, the already awesome Miata gets even better.
Cars

From Rolls-Royce to Lamborghini, these are the most expensive cars in the world

If you recently discovered an oil reserve in your backyard, you probably have some extra cash to spend. Look no further, because we’ve rounded up the most expensive cars in the world.
Emerging Tech

This robot arm could soon recharge your electric car, no driver effort required

Researchers in Austria have developed a smart robotic charger that can automatically plug itself into any electric vehicle, no driver effort required whatsoever. What could be simpler?
Cars

Learn how Ford trains the test drivers who develop its hottest performance cars

Out of 11,000 Ford test drivers, only about 20 have achieved the elite "tier-four" status that qualifies them to work on performance cars. Here's how those drivers earn their stripes.
Cars

Sporty electrified Infiniti Prototype 10 concept headed to Pebble Beach

Infiniti will unveil a new concept car at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. The Nissan luxury brand won't say much, but promises an electrified powertrain and an emphasis on performance.
Cars

Ford’s Mustang Cobra Jet strikes as quickly as its venomous namesake

The 2018 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet is a purpose-built drag racer that will run the quarter mile in around eight seconds, according to Ford. It will be as rare as it is quick, with just 68 cars planned.
Cars

How to watch Formula 1 online

There are plenty of Formula 1 races every year, many of which take place in some of the most beautiful cities in the world. Check out our brief guide on how to watch Formula 1 online, if you're looking to keep up on the action.
Smart Home

Kroger supermarket chain tests driverless grocery deliveries in Arizona

Kroger and autonomous delivery innovator Nuro began a pilot program in Scottdale, Arizona, for grocery home deliveries with Prius cars to test the self-driving concept. The first tests do not use the purpose-built Nuro vehicle.