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Lotus Esprit
The British sportscar-maker has moved the goalposts back, with new reports indicating that the re-Esprit may debut in 2011 instead of next year as originally planned.

The reason for the delay, according to emerging reports, is that Lotus is working to integrate some sort of mild hybrid system into its reborn GT. The system could be borrowed, along with its core powerplant, from BMW. A Lotus chassis with German power and regenerative braking may just be worth the wait.


Two renderings for now. I'm looking forward to this car coming out. I've always loved the Esprit.
 

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the first one I wouldn't mind if they never made...but the second model looks good
 

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But you know the hybrid version is gunna be heavier.

Lame.

A FLEXFUEL option will save the world and make the car go faster rather than adding weight with the hybrid crap.
 

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New Esprit to challenge Gallardo?

Lotus supercar could be powered by 500bhp Lexus V10
The new Lotus Esprit, due in 2012, could be powered by the high-revving, 500bhp V10 engine from the as yet unlaunched Lexus LF-A. Lotus’s special relationship with Toyota gives it access to the Japanese giant’s entire range of components, including engines from the Lexus range. This brings the prospect of a flagship,
 

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Update! :headbang:

Lotus’s reborn Esprit gets V10 power
Two-seater targets R8 with stunning look and an engine shared with the imminent Lexus LF-A

Lotus’s special relationship with Toyota has been well documented – the Japanese manufacturer already supplies engines for the Elise, Exige and 2-Eleven, plus the Evora. Our sources have revealed that the partnership will step up a gear for the Esprit. Toyota’s luxury arm, Lexus, will be called on to provide a pair of high-power engines.

The entry-level Esprit will be equipped with a tuned version of the Evora’s 3.5-litre V6, producing around 300bhp, while a mid-range model gets the 414bhp 5.0-litre V8 from the Lexus IS F. But taking the new Lotus into the big league will be the earth-shattering 550bhp 4.8-litre V10 from the upcoming LF-A supercar.

Mated to a six-speed semi-automatic paddleshift transmission, this unit should provide the Esprit with performance to match some of the fastest cars on the planet.

Prices are likely to start from around
 

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Update!

New Esprit gets green light
Lotus has finally given the green light to a replacement for the Esprit, a model that will have an essential role in boosting the Hethel firm’s brand image.

Key elements to the Lotus strategy have emerged weeks before new CEO Danny Bahr is due to reveal his seven-year plan for the company.

A Lotus source said the new supercar (known as Esprit internally, but it could get a different name) would be an “essential brand image builder” and a “high-status purchase”.

Lotus is targeting a power-to-weight ratio of 275-325bhp per tonne for its new flagship; an Audi R8 V10 has 319bhp per tonne.


Overgrown Evora.

Lotus Green Lights New Esprit
Lotus’ previous CEO Mike Kimberley has previously revealed that new Esprit is being developed together with “a very well respected prestige automaker.” Many predicted that BMW would supply one of its V-8 engines for the new Esprit but Lotus' close ties with Toyota, from which it already sources a number of powerplants, could see advanced Lexus engines used instead.

The 552 horsepower V-10 engine, which is set to debut in the 2011 Lexus LFA supercar next year, would likely be reserved for a range-topping Esprit, while a mid-spec model would get the IS-F’s 420 horsepower V-8 and an entry-level model would pick up a 300 horsepower version of the 3.5-liter Toyota-sourced V-6 from the Evora.

To keep costs down and speed up its gestation, the new Esprit will likely share its chassis with the bonded and extruded aluminum unit underpinning the Evora. Rising development costs and changing requirements, however, have reportedly pushed back the original 2010 release date to 2012.


So, does this mean that the V8 version is going to get a Lotus sourced manual?
 

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ahahahaha the old Espirit looked like a mini-Lambo, and now so does the new one! I find that hilarious
 

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Man almost every super car looks like Lambo these days...
 
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