• Feb 7, 2007
It's been far too long since we've heard anything about Lotus' supercar, the Esprit. Finally, some spy shots have surfaced, showing the mid-engined mule having a few bolts tightened while up on the rack.
The images don't give much away as far as the Esprit's styling, with some heavy body cladding, that appears to have been painted on by a seven year old armed with a Wite-Out® pen.

However, Winding Road, who had some contact with the publisher of the photos, AutoGespot, learned that the engine will assuredly be a V8, sourced from BMW and displacing between 4.4- and 4.8-liters.

If the plan is to launch the Esprit by 2010, they look like they're well on their way. Just enough time for you to start scrounging for the $125,000 cost of entry.

[Sources: AutoGespot, AutoScoops, Winding Road]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      The point, iownyomama, of using an engine from another manufacturer is to save development costs. Lotus will save nothing by asking Toyota to develop a new engine for the Esprit. Besides, it could do a far better job of that on it's own. Also, NoNameDenton is right, Toyota doesn't make a single sports car for the US market right now, let alone any engines with enough power for the Esprit.
      • 7 Years Ago
      ["let the BMW V8 rumors be true, no Toyota engine"]

      You're thinking of the Exige, which is the only Lotus to have a Toyota engine, AFAIK.
      • 7 Years Ago
      epp_b, are you telling me the Europa S does not use a Toyoa derived engine, or the Elise?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow I am excited for this one.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Lets see how many Americans watch or care about F1. Toyota distinguished itself by ebtering NSCAR and the Craftman truck series, true. At the same time, I do not have much of a like for Toyota cars, as they are all Front wheel drive with small engines with low power levels. What I would like to see is the Espirit with a diesel engine, like the one Audi used to win La Mans.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Elise,Exige-Toyota engine
      Europa S-GM Ecotec
      • 7 Years Ago
      What's wrong with a Toyota engine?
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Morgan Aero8 only weighs ~2500lbs, and has a BMW V8
      • 7 Years Ago
      Isn't the point of an independent car company to look, you know, different from other supercars (Ferrari F430, Bugatti Veyron)?
      • 7 Years Ago
      3000lbs would put it 'just' on par with the old Esprit SP350 in power to weight. Not bad, but if they don't want their customers to get embarrased (in a straight line at least) by the likes of an M5 they might want to knock it up a notch...
      • 7 Years Ago
      The BMW engine sounds like a good idea, although 367 hp is a little on the low side by today's supercar standards. Let's hope they've managed to keep the weight down in Lotus tradition. Maybe they could get their hands on the Alpina supercharged 4.4? That should give some devastating performance...
      • 7 Years Ago
      IF VW buys Proton, I'd be surprised to see a BMW V8 in the engine bay. More likely the 4.2L Audi engine with 420 hp.

      Will VW even allow the Esprit to come to market, knowing it will embarrass both the R8 and Gallardo?