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Lotus Esprit revealed in Paris - shock and awe [video]

Launches in 2013

The Lotus bonanza continues as the company has unveiled the £110,00 Esprit revival.

Set to go on sale in 2013, the car features an aggressive front bumper, LED daytime driving lights, and a center-mounted dual exhaust system.  Inside, the cabin has a minimalist design with a sport steering wheel, a digital instrument cluster, and carbon fiber trim.

Power is provided by a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine with 550 PS (405 kW / 543 hp). It is connected to a seven-speed paddle-shift transmission, which should enable the 1495 kg (3,296lb) car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in under 3.5 seconds. Of course, if that doesn't sound fast enough, Lotus will happily sell you an Esprit R with 620 PS (456 kW / 612 hp).

Source: Lotus

The Icon Is Back

The most eagerly anticipated Lotus makes its return. Without doubt, this is the car that the true Lotus aficionados have been waiting for: The ultimate Lotus.

The new 2013 Esprit represents the very essence of exclusive supercar driving. It picks up and exceeds the legacy of it's forefathers. Think of it as a statement of superiority. Think of it as Lotus CEO Dany Bahar's personal statement of intent, his vision for the future of Lotus.

Dany Bahar, Chief Executive Officer of Group Lotus, said: "The 2013 Esprit is the ultimate supercar. In the past when people thought of the 2013 Esprit, they thought of the movies, Bond, Pretty Woman, Basic Instinct but this time around, the car is the star of the show."

"One has to be very careful when taking on the challenge of reinventing such an iconic classic as the 2013 Esprit - everyone has an opinion. There's a fine balance between acknowledging the greatness of the past whilst at the same time rapidly leaping forward to the future and ensuring that this car not only does the name 2013 Esprit justice but also the Lotus brand. I think we've managed to find the balance and in doing so created a new icon, a car people will find hard to resist."

"Not only does the 2013 Esprit look incredible but it has the performance to match. We've stuck to the Lotus core values of performance through lightweight and teamed them with future technology and exceptional engineering to ensure that the 2013 Esprit will be the leader of the pack. The design is aggressive, you have to see it to appreciate how low and wide the proportions are but it still retains a level of dignity, of class and most of all exclusivity. I'm very proud of this car."

Powered by a 5.0 litre V8 pressure charged engine delivering up to 620 PS, the 2013 Esprit retains exceptional performance through it's unique lightweight design making it the ultimate expression of Lotus supercar ownership. It is the supercar that will redefine ride and handling, performance, comfort and exclusivity.

The styling of the 2013 Esprit echoes the performance with strong lines throughout the sleek low body. The symmetry through the mass and proportion of the 2013 Esprit give it an intense look, it's the perfect example of the new Lotus DNA in action.

The 2013 Esprit is more than an evolution, it's a redefinition.

2013 Lotus Esprit Specifications

  • Layout 2 seater, mid-engined, rear wheel drive
  • Engine Petrol, hybrid optional
  • Hybrid technology Optional KERS
  • Cylinder V8
  • Capacity 5.0 litre
  • Power/Torque 620 PS / 720 Nm
  • Rev limit 8,500 rpm
  • 0-100 km/h 3.4 seconds
  • Top speed 330 km/h
  • CO2 approx (CO2/km) 250 g/km**
  • Weight 1,450 kg
  • Seats 2
  • Transmission 7 Speed DCT
  • Drive RWD
  • Start of production End of 2012
  • Enters the market Spring 2013
  • Price indication Circa £110,000

*Please refer to the ‘Further Information' section in the Media Kit for information relating to this specification
**Using optional hybrid technolgy

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Comments (26)

DdW
What can I say about this design? Allow me to give it a tagline: "The new Lotus Esprit, that's the spirit!"
Oct 3, 2010 6:27 am
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alessandro
Uh-oh! Nice Esprit, especially in their case where old one was quit a looker! So car design is possible.
Oct 1, 2010 11:59 am
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Albe
Love it can't wait to see race version.
Oct 1, 2010 11:10 am
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M!
Welcome to the new Era of Lotus. good job donato coco.
Oct 1, 2010 5:26 am
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M81
Esprit way more better than a 911 turbo :)
Oct 1, 2010 2:28 am
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Aesthetics
lotus has a history with using turbochargers
Sep 30, 2010 10:50 pm
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BOOGIE_WOOGIE
Geezus, Lotus is on the warpath in Paris. Welcome back Esprit and they stuck with the V8 formula. Awesome i'll have one...when i win the lottery.
Sep 30, 2010 9:59 pm
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wjaprep
the outside looks like a Lambo, and the inside like a Ferrari. I like it. to sexy
Sep 30, 2010 6:20 pm
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6SPEEDV8
Lotus is really stepping up their game. Love it.
Sep 30, 2010 5:49 pm
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mikemikemikemike
Looks too futuristic to me. It needs a more traditional design. The old Esprits were beautiful.
Sep 30, 2010 4:45 pm
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peterjames7
the old esprits were beautiful but they looked very futuristic when they first came out....i personally think this looks old already.....458 (wen not on fire) looks more futuristic
Sep 30, 2010 5:26 pm
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Aesthetics
the 458 does not have too look futuristic...it is just way more sophisticated than this car
Sep 30, 2010 11:01 pm
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Melong666
OLD... These plans been around sense 2006ish and supposed to be out 09. I love how the car looks tho.
Sep 30, 2010 4:39 pm
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Paulds
Wellcome back Lotus, watch out Ferrari!... Looks very agressive, very good, until now the best surprise from Paris
Sep 30, 2010 4:07 pm
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zamzungas
this gonna be good :) i cant stop my psycho luoghting when reading about todays lotus :))
Sep 30, 2010 3:53 pm
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Joe_Limon
Now... what would you prefer? A £330000 LFA with 552hp and 3263-3483lb weight or... A £110000 Esprit with 543hp and 3296lbs? or... spend a bit more and get 612hp :D
Sep 30, 2010 3:53 pm
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Douglas6250
If I got the choice and money, I would go for the Lexus LFA.
Oct 1, 2010 5:27 am
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conradtestamark
I will spend a bit more and get the Lotus ESPRIT WITH THE 612HP OR BOTH
Aug 2, 2014 7:26 am
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catchmyshadow
looks like the new Mc Laren MP4 imho, but better, more aggressive!
Sep 30, 2010 3:49 pm
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Wolfy
It looks a bit like a lambo, but it doesn't mean I don't want one
Sep 30, 2010 3:29 pm
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BrianWCF
Video added to article.
Sep 30, 2010 3:27 pm
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Bojassem
Finally it's back!
Sep 30, 2010 3:16 pm
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N20_Purge
Lotus is going to end up like Audi and VW by making all the cars in their range look very similar. However, this is a nice face.
Sep 30, 2010 3:03 pm
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sris
ohohoho... sweet!!
Sep 30, 2010 3:03 pm
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