While photographic evidence of the upcoming Lotus 2+2 sports car known as Eagle has been, for the most part, blurry and uninspiring, some highly trained photographers have managed to get some nice shots of the car. These new Eagle images are about as clear as they come, but the wildly angular camouflage is fairly effective at hiding the inner secrets of the newest Lotus. It’s not likely that the Eagle will steal sales from any of the upcoming 4-seat supercars viz, Aston martin Rapide and Porsche Panamera. Rather, buyers will use the tiny rear seats for golf bags or luggage for a weekend adventure trip. The Eagle is expected to fit in between the Elise and the next-generation Esprit when it makes its official debut this summer. The Eagle boasts of a Toyota-sourced V-6 in the range of 3.0 litres and is capable of 0-60 times in the lower 5-second range, with the horsepower hovering somewhere between 200 and 300 hp.
We just got our first glimpse of Lotus’ all-new 2+2 sports car, and managed to snap this set of shots before the test driver could escape back into the safe confines of his Arctic Testing Grounds. Knowledgeable sources in the U.K. have given us iron-clad confirmation that this prototype is the car that Lotus has codenamed “Eagle.”
The new four-seat Lotus will make its official public debut in July at the London Motor Show, but this is the first time that the car has been photographed in its full production form. The angular camouflage is very thorough, but it’s clear that a very svelte, sexy shape lies beneath. Don’t be fooled by the Eagle’s mid-summer debut, as there is still a lot of development to be done. Finished, production-ready models aren’t due to reach showrooms-and their lucky buyers—until sometime in the Spring of 2009. The bodylines are still not clear, as they have squared off all over.
Whatever it is like, to know, we will have to do just one thing: Wait.