The happy snappers under the employment of AutoExpress caught the new Esprit undergoing testing somewhere on the European continent. Although these are some of the clearest shots of the Lotus' redesigned GT, it still takes some imagination to see what lurks behind the plastic cladding (but it is pretty cool camo, in a post-apocalyptic, 80s movie kind of way).

Possibly more important than the styling is what the Lotus' chase car is: a BMW X5. The importance of such a coincidence is the rumor that the new Esprit will share the Bavarian ute's 4.4-liter V8, mounted mid-ship.

Other speculations in the article that are worth noting include the rumored expansion of the Lotus lineup over the next few years. AutoExpress cites sources who claim that the sports car manufacturer is planning to offer up a hatch to the market, based off the Proton Satria. Probably named the Lotus Satria, it'll see the staple Lotus suspension and handling tweaks to bring it up to the high standard expected. Also, AE received information from otherwise tight-lipped Lotus insiders that a new mid-range model will be coming down the pike, slotted between the Elise and the Esprit. We thought that was called the Europa, but it looks like there is more on the way. We're okay with that.

[Source: AutoExpress]