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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]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Remember who you are Lotus and please don't let this new Esprit end up weighing 1900kg and needing 600bhp and 4 radiators etc. Reduce complexity and add lightness.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Colin? Is that you?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I can understand peoples' confusion about whether this is a rendering or not, considering that it's labeled a "Spy Shot" on TCC.

      Is it just me, or does Lotus' recent styling work look a lot like that of a Korean car company? The new Europa, in particular, reminds me of Hyundai and Kia concept cars--angular and well-proportioned, but somehow simplistic and amateurish at the same time... like a "frame-rate-friendly" visual model.

      For those of you who haven't played GT4 obsessively enough to notice this one, check out the similarity to Korea's Proto Motors Spirra:

      http://www.autoblog.com/2005/04/29/proto-spirra-korean-sports-coupe/
      • 8 Years Ago
      @PJ
      eat your own words. if you read the article, it clearly says that it includes 1 artist's rendering which is the yellow car. the other images of the gray car are actual spy photos.

      The "rendering" is just a lamborghini gallardo that has been photoshopped. The lines (side skirts, front bumper) are way too wavy and the reflections on the front right fender and hood are completely unrealistic. You might also notice that the front bumper is too obviously taken from a lotus elise. If you are unable to spot these, then you need to get your eyes checked.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This will be what I replace my Elise with if I can afford it, and I vote for the Toyota engine as well. Love mine.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I agree with Luis, it looks like an Elise and a Gallardo got busy and had a baby. Maybe a kit car version of a Gallardo. Hopefully that isn't a close impression of the real deal.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Kicking it back up with the high five, represent!
      • 8 Years Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      If you go to the 'read' link and look at the whole car shot, it looks much better than that detail shot would suggest.

      The angular lines of the hood & the head light profile don't fit with the more rounded look of the vents, the rest of the car and the Elise for that matter. Of course, this is just a rendering so who knows? I bet the hood is softer once we see the real deal.

      BTW - Notice how in that detail shot, the passenger headlight seems to have a bulge to clear the projector lamp, but the driver side is flat? Given the greater detail in the passeger light, I suspect that there's a bulge there.
      • 8 Years Ago
      @PJ
      misread your comments ("can", "can't")

      guess iwas just surprised that michael karesh didn't chime in
      • 8 Years Ago
      Is there any news about limiting engine? Will it be electronically limited or it's peak of 180 mph/h?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yeah, but which will be cheaper and handle better, the new Esprit or the Kz1?
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