• Feb 16, 2008

When we last saw the Lotus Esprit in 2004, it was equipped with a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V8 rated at about 350 hp. Offering much more motivation than its early turbocharged 4-cylinder powerplant, the Esprit V8 was quick -- pedal to the floor, the two-seat coupe could punch through 60 mph in less than 5 seconds. Impressive as it was just a few years ago, there are more than a handful of cars (at half the price) that can shame the Lotus back across the Pond today.

To keep the upcoming 2011 Lotus Esprit at the front of the pack, it is rumored to be fitted with the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 found under the hood of the recently released BMW X6. The powerplant is rated at 400 horsepower with only light boost under the German's hood. Under the fiberglass cover of the future British Esprit, it will most likely be tuned to deliver nearly 500 horsepower. It will need every bit of power it can get, as the new Lotus will be competing with the Porsche 911 Turbo, Ferrari F430, and the new Nissan GT-R.

[Source: eGMCartech]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Too heavy to be a Lotus, old chap!

      Ya?
      • 6 Years Ago
      The 2ZZ comes in the Corrola, Mr2 Spyder, Celica, Exise, Exise S and Elise. Just so no-one is confused about Toyota or Lotus.

      And I agree. Why should they make their own engines.
      • 6 Years Ago
      A British sports car maker with an engineering and sporting history like Lotus (which includes successes in F1), should have a British in house designed engine, and not keep buying them in. Yes it costs money, But for me it's all about respect, Just look at Ferrari.
      Carlos
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why it's cheaper just to buy engines from someone else. You don't have to pay for engineering, don't have to worry about tooling, or manufacturing, and your only worry is that your suppliers quality, which BMW has a pretty good quality when it comes to engines, and if that cause a problem I'm pretty sure Porsche wouldn't mind lending their TTV8.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I vote for them to use someone else's engine and focus this car on a different market, the one this car addressed w/ the last . More a cruiser than the crazy go-cart the current is...appeal to all those folks thinking of Julia Roberts going through the gears in Pretty Woman. They have the autocross crowd down already.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Now get that stupid Toyota Corolla out of the Lotus Elise and we are in business.

        • 6 Years Ago
        The 2ZZ is a hell of a little engine, especially in those cars. I would kill for Toyota themselves to put that mill in a RWD car of their own (it's my engine of choice for my imaginary RWD Corolla revival).
          • 6 Years Ago
          I'd much rather have the Honda 2.0 or 2.2 in there with 250hp.
      • 6 Years Ago
      it's actually the celica GT-S motor, quite a difference than a corolla....
        • 6 Years Ago
        Not really. The corolla had that version too, but with 170hp.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Too much competition. This thing better be a looker.
      • 6 Years Ago
      For the last 3-4 years I thought about buying a used V8 Esprit for less than half the MSRP. Yet, the though of dropping the engine out the bottom to change the plugs just seems 'too much'. I still like the car, but I can't like it living in HOA America. :)

      BTW, wasn't the original twin-turbo 3.5 liter engine also used in GT1, but tunes for a bit more Umph!?!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I thought it was an MR2 Spyder engine?
      • 6 Years Ago
      2011... Good, that gives me a few more years to save up (most likely still not enough).
      Just don't let us down Lotus.
      • 6 Years Ago
      After all these years, Lotus should be developing their own engine.
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