Lotus makes double debuts at Pebble BeachMon, 15 Aug 2011 00:00:00 -0700
Lotus has a big presence at this week's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance events, with the Evora GTE Road Car concept making its world premiere and the limited-production Matte Black Final Edition of the Exige making a U.S. debut.
The Lotus Evora GTE Road Car concept will be shown for the first time at the McCall's Motorworks Revival event on Wednesday night at the Monterey Jet Center. The GTE race car was developed to compete in the Le Mans 24-hour endurance race and for overall success in the GTE motorsports category.
The road-car concept version makes more than 420 hp. On Thursday, it will move to the Lotus exhibit on Peter Hay Hill near the Lodge at Pebble Beach, where it will stay through midday Saturday.
Alongside it will be the Lotus Exige Matte Black Final Edition, of which only 25 copies will be built for sale in North America. Power was upgraded in the Exige to 256 hp. Black Alcantara sport seats offset the matte black exterior paint finish.
The GTE road car will move on Saturday to the Concept Car Lawn for display through the remainder of the weekend, while the Exige will stay put at Peter Hay Hill through Aug. 21.
The Monterey Week is packed with car shows, vintage racing and car auctions. Autoweek will be there providing streaming photo galleries and live coverage of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, historic racing at Laguna Seca, the Monterey car auctions and much more. Go to autoweek.com/monterey for complete coverage and live updates.
By Michelle Koueiter