The 'Eagle' has finally landed

UK luxury car company Lotus has unveiled its first all-new model since the mid-1990s.

Bosses of the Norfolk-based company were at the British International Motor Show in London to present the 150mph Lotus Evora.

The name of the new vehicle, which will go on sale in the UK next spring, has been a closely guarded secret.

The car had merely been called by its project name Eagle before the name was announced amid much ceremony at the show in London Docklands.

The car, which will go on sale in America about nine months after European distribution begins, has been designed with some of the larger-sized US customers in mind.

The car has been built to accommodate comfortably a 6ft 6in man and door opening and seats have been produced to enable outsize car occupants to be comfortable.

The car is being produced on a special production line at the company's facility at Hethel near Norwich. It is likely to cost about £50,000 and will be able to accelerate from 0-60mph in under five seconds.

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