While the accompanying photo is only a rendering of the upcoming 2008 Lotus Esprit provided by Hans G. Lehmann via The Car Connection, it further brings into focus the upcoming halo car from the British builder of lightweight sportscars. TCC goes on to say that the V8 sourced from BMW will be the company's 4.8L and produce 367 horsepower. Due to the expertise Lotus has in building featherweight frames, the Esprit will be able to reach an estimated top speed of 180 mph and no doubt spring to 60 mph in the four-second range. The U.S. is first in line for the Esprit and will get the bulk of between one- and two-thousand units planned for production.

The styling shown in this rendering features a front end that looks like a cross between a Lamborghini Gallardo and a Lotus Elise. The only look at the Elise we've had so far are from spy photos of a mule running the Nurburgring in Germany wearing the sheetmetal of the last generation Esprit.

[Source: The Car Connection]