Yes, we know it looks like the Esprit
. Please don't bombard us with comments about how it looks like the old Esprit. It really is the new GT from Lotus
, known for now as the Eagle. It's wearing Esprit body panels, so yes, we know it looks like the old Esprit. Based on a heavily revised Elise
structure and powered by a Toyota
V6 plunked down in the middle of the chassis and kicking out 300 hp, the coupe will cost about $100,000 (£48,000). Even though Lotus isn't fond of them, the transmission will be a paddle-shift automated manual. Lotus cites market desires for the about-face on the transmission. The Eagle will spawn several different models, including a convertible and a replacement for the reviled Europa
. When they're done, the Eagle won't look like the Esprit. Instead, the bodywork will more closely follow the M250
. Cramming four seats into a mid-engined chassis takes some cleverness, and who's more clever than Lotus?