The upcoming week is very busy for automotive enthusiasts headed to Monterey, Calif., for the annual week of motoring-related festivities. Taking part in the festivities, Lotus announced it will unveil a trio of cars including one world debut.
This weekend, Lotus will take the wraps off its track-only 125 model at the Monterey Motorsports Pre-Reunion. Later in the week, the 125 will head over to the McCall Motorworks Revival to sit alongside the current Lotus IndyCar. The following weekend, the sports car will head to Pebble Beach for the Concours d’Elegance. Information on the track-oriented, limited-production 125, however, is still scarce.
Pebble Beach will also serve as the North American launchpad for the 2011 Elise SC RGB, named for veteran director of Lotus vehicle engineering Roger George Becker. To honor his 44 years with the company, Lotus crafted the Elise SC RGB and Exige S RGB models, and now plans to release them as production models starting next month. Here’s hoping Lotus decides to sell the special edition here.
The third Lotus announcement surrounds the track-only, Cup GT4 version of the Evora two-plus-two coupe. Designed for European GT4 racing events, Lotus says the car can contend in sprint or endurance-style events. Unlike the roadgoing version’s 276-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6, the Cup GT4’s engine, co-developed with Cosworth, gets a bump in displacement and power to 4.0 liters and 360 horsepower. Power is routed through a six-speed sequential paddle-shift gearbox, as opposed to the standard Evora’s six-speed manual. The GT4 exemplifies Lotus’ commitment to lightness, weighing in at 2645 pounds, some 400 pounds lighter than stock. The Cup GT4 comes ready to race out of the box and is equipped with all the safety equipment needed to pass inspection. Pricing hasn’t been announced, but expect it to be a healthy sum more than the Evora’s $73,500 sticker. Lotus hasn’t confirmed the car for these shores, but bringing it to the show may be a positive sign.
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