LONDON — The Lotus S7 engine was unveiled for CES 2017, but will soon be in demand in other forms, too.
The engine was revealed during Lotus’s first public appearance at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show, which was held this past Sunday in Las Vegas.
The S7’s engine is powered by a 6.5-liter twin-turbo V12 that produces 718 horsepower.
Lotus was in the market for a powertrain that could compete with the BMW i8, Jaguar F-Type and Mercedes-AMG C63 AMG, and the S7 was among those options.
It is also expected to feature a six-speed manual transmission, although Lotus will not be unveiling a power steering system at CES.
When asked about the engine, Lotus said it is “a very powerful powertrain.”
It added that “it will certainly take the next level.”
Lotis has a history of revving out engine offerings in different forms, and this time the company’s engine will likely be the first time a production version of the engine is used on a car.
A press release announcing the engine’s release was sent to The Verge by Lotus and confirmed that the engine will enter the Lotus S8.
According to the press release, the S8 engine will feature an eight-cylinder turbocharged engine producing 650 horsepower.
Lotus said the engine should be available for the S9 as well.
LOTES S7 and S7R engines, powered by the Lotus 6 engine.
Photo: Lotus Lotus S9, powered with the Lotus 7 engine.
Photo: LotusThe Lotus 6, S7, S9 and S9R engines are powered by an 8-liter V12, which makes 650 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque.
There will be an S9 engine, powered as the S5, that has a six cylinder engine producing 400 horsepower and 300 pound-foot of torque, and Lotus will also introduce the S10, a four-cylindered, twin-clutch four-wheel drive engine with 500 horsepower and 260 pound-ft of torque for the car’s rear wheel drive system.
Although the Lotus 5 engine, which powers the McLaren P1 and McLaren P2, is expected to be in production sometime in 2019, Lotus will likely start shipping the S6 and S6S engines in 2020, when the car will go on sale.
Lotus also is working on a six or seven-speed automatic transmission with a six speed manual and a seven- or eight-speed sporty automatic.