The British brand known the world over for making lightweight, fast and agile cars will soon be available in the country as Autohub Group recently held a special preview event of Lotus Cars Manila last Saturday at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.
“We’re pleased to announce this newest and so far the biggest milestone for Autohub group and it is with great pleasure that we’re given the chance to be part of this revolution to keep pace with the increasing customer demand and deliver the unique Lotus Pure Driving experience here in the Philippines. So expect more bigger things to happen in the near future,” said Willy Tee Ten, President of Autohub Group.
From the entry-level Elise, to the mid-range Exige and all the way up to the Evora 400, Lotus Cars Manila will offer up the lightweight yet potent range of cars the British brand has to offer.
For the Elise, two variants will be available, the Elise S Club Racer and the Elise 220 Cup. Both cars are powered by the familiar 1.8-liter inline-four that produces 220 PS along with a torque rating of 250 Nm. The two Elises both weigh less than a 1000 kg but the S Club Racer is more of a road-going car while the 220 Cup is more tailored for track use.
Further up the range is the Exige which will only be available for the time being with a roadster model. Fitted with a supercharged 3.5-liter V6, the rear wheels will be able to spin out 350 PS and 400 Nm of torque. Weighing at a light 1,116 kg, 0 – 100 km/h comes in at 3.8 seconds (3.9 for the automatic) while top speed is rated at 233 km/h.
At the top of the range is the Evora 400 S. Compared to the previous two, the Evora 400 S is a 2+2 sports car which is essentially more practical. It is also powered by the 3.5-liter supercharged V6 that delivers 350 PS and 400 Nm to the rear wheels. Despite the addition of two seats, it still only weighs in at 1,436 kg. 0 – 100km/h is clocked at 4.6 seconds (4.7 for the automatic) and its top speed is 286 km/h (269 km/h automatic).
Lotus Cars Manila will have its grand launch this coming August as the company prepares to open their first dealership in the country.