Europa Special 5-speed gearbox standardised in March.
The all new Elite is powered by a new four-in-line 16-valve 2ohc engine with aluminium cylinder block located in the front and driving rear wheels through a newly-developed five-speed gearbox. The all-independent suspension on coils springs all around is unusually soft for a Lotus. 98-inch wheelbase steel backbone chassis supporting a rather large, sharp-edged sporting estate/hatchback fiberglass body. Flip-up headlights, 2+2 seating arrangement, all new fascia and instrument cluster, plush and comfort - a new Lotus for 1970's.