Lotus Esprit development almost done, production still uncertain - report

Lotus Esprit
Lotus Esprit

Could cost 100,000 GBP

Lotus is almost done developing the new Esprit, but it's still far from reaching production phase.

Recent reports have been pretty much contradictory, with some saying that Lotus has stopped Esprit development while others mentioned that the company's flagship model is still in the works. A source within Lotus has told Autocar that the new model is almost complete but it will take a while until it goes into production because the firm is going through some serious management issues.

Benefiting from a carbon fiber / aluminum construction, the Esprit is powered by a twin-turbo V8 5.0-liter engine with approximately 650 hp (485 kW), featuring an F1-inspired KERS system and connected to a 7-speed paddle-shift transmission.

If it will reach production, the new Esprit is expected to cost somewhere around 100,000 GBP.

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cubewinter cubewinter
Nissan's ambitions, and speed focused engineering capabilities make it the perfect buyer/partner for Lotus. They established their street cred with the GTR, selling for around 100k now. They don't currently sell cars in the 150k plus price range, which is where a new Esprit with a GTR engine or new Lotus engine and the Nissan engineering team backing it, would sell. They also have a current relationship with Lotus, using the Evora platform for their Emerg-E Concept. They could produce both cars (naturally aspirated Esprit and hybrid Emerg-E), sharing platforms and going head to head with cars like the LFA (or even the new "entry" level mid-engine Ferrari/Maserati) with the new Lotus Esprit, while at the same time challenge the new NSX with an Infiniti branded hybrid "Esprit/Emerge-E" at a slightly lower price point. The acquisition would allow them to grab and maintain share of wallet from their Japanese competitors now entering the "hypercar" market and also, incidentally, Lotus provides an outlet in F1 for new technology, which Nissan, obviously from the GTR, have a knack for. Lotus has the "pedigree" and history which would allow Nissan to go farther upmarket in pricepoint, something which they cannot currently do with Infiniti or the Nissan marque.
Nov 24th, 2012 9:31pm
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Cayman_ Cayman_
this car is hot, period.
Nov 21st, 2012 12:35pm
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DBaskov DBaskov
I'm wonder if they car's body changed much since the concept they shown us like two years ago. Either-way I hope this car will reach production very soon.
Nov 20th, 2012 8:07pm
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mroctober mroctober
Running on petrol doesn't sound too Bond-ish to me...
Nov 20th, 2012 7:46pm
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MadAboutCars MadAboutCars
650bhp at £100,000 and carbon/aluminium construction is a real steal.
Nov 20th, 2012 6:03pm
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IGoSlow IGoSlow
Totally agree. Plus with Lotus handling, we could have a serious car on our hands Perhaps even a Gtr successor?. Lets just hope the interior has moved on from some of their past models.
Nov 20th, 2012 6:09pm
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