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Lotus Could Switch Over To Twin-Charged Engines

These engines could come from another Geely-owned brand.

Since being taken over by Chinese automaker Geely, Lotus has turned itself around and is . In the United States, the small British automaker only sells the Evora sports car, but is looking to as well as a . Though Lotus has been succeeding under Geely ownership, the company has yet to take full advantage of its . This could soon change, as Autocar reports Lotus may start using engines from Geely brands - Volvo, Polestar, and Lynk&Co.

Volvo only really sells one engine in the U.S. market, a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder which adds a supercharged in T6 trims and a hybrid drivetrain in T8 trims. The Swedish luxury brand has other engines in other markets including diesels and a three-cylinder turbo engine, but these seem less likely for use in a Lotus sports car. It is expected that Lotus could take Volvo's engines, and use its in-house expertise to boost performance, as it currently does with Toyota-sourced engines. Volvo's twin-charged engine currently produces around 306 horsepower, with hybrid variants producing over 400 hp.

Volvo's three-cylinder engine could help keep weight down in a new Elise sports car, and the nearly 600 hp drivetrain from the new Polestar 1 could give Lotus a nice powertrain for a flagship supercar. There is also a lot of speculation surrounding the engine for the brand's upcoming SUV. “Crossovers can be hybrid or full electric.” said Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales.

Gales did not rule out electrification, saying “There are some years left for combustion engines in sports cars, but maybe a mild hybrid would work.” Lotus is gearing up for a renaissance, and we can't wait for the company to stop being an afterthought in the sports car segment.

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