• Nov 12, 2009
We have liftoff on the next Lotus Esprit. Finally. Scuttlebutt at the beginning of the year suggested it was taking so long because Lotus was pondering some sort of hybrid system for the car. More recently the talk has turned to three specimens from Toyota's book of engines, including the Lexus LFA's V10, and the word "hybrid" disappeared.

It's the V10 that interests us here, because Lotus is planning for the new Esprit -- or whatever it will ultimately be called -- to have 275-325 bhp per ton. Even if they keep it freakishly lightweight you're looking at a minimum of 400 horsepower, something Lexus' Yamaha-tuned lump could easily handle. We'll get the full picture in a few weeks when new Lotus CEO Danny Bahr unveils his long-term plan for the company.

[Source: Autocar]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, and only TWENTY-TWO years later...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Before categorizing ridiculously long gestation periods I would like to see when GM finally makes and LS7 Camaro convertible available. I promise to buy one when it appears, right about the time Jenna Bush becomes president (or will it be Liz Cheney).
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      That Lexus engine is a master piece.....
      • 5 Years Ago
      I agree if they keep the looks like the drawing and with no hybrid, it is a must have!
      • 5 Years Ago
      i think LF-A V10 is ideal engine for Lotus.
      Hybrid is too heavy.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hey Ramsey and Autoblog, the Lotus CEO is Dany Bahar.

        Fact checking, heard of it?
        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        The LF-A is just prue win.



        • 5 Years Ago
        +1 to the LF-A engine idea.

        According to Toyota, the 552hp 4.8L V-10 is smaller and lighter then their V-6 engine (page 8 of the Press Release Technical Presentation).

        The same 2GR-FE V6 engine that is in the Lotus Evora. Which means that the LF-A engine should be lighter then 356lbs (the service weight of the 3.5L V6)

        The 4.8L V-10 LF-A engine would do Colin Chapman proud...
      • 5 Years Ago
      This will be a winner with the V10
      • 5 Years Ago
      "simplify and add lightness" -colin chapman
      • 5 Years Ago
      V10 please.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They should go the LSx route. Cheap, plenty of power in a small package, and really not that heavy...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think I remember seeing this rendered image in a Road & Track issue a while ago...

      It looks fantastic. And I'm sure Lotus will not disappoint.

      Really excited!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Gotta hand it to Lotus, although they have had a wide variety of styling, all of them look like a Lotus somehow. And this is no different, looks like a Lotus.
      Need to see more pics but seems like it could be pretty cool. It has some big shoes to fill, that Esprit was so hugely iconic - not easy to pull off that same image these days with so many supercars out there.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I thought I read somewhere that it was going to use BMW's TT V8 from the X[56]M.

      Either way...

      I want one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm all about light weight, but crappy sparse interiors do not sell $100K+ cars to wealthy middle-aged men. Bring on the leh-tha!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Shut up old man - Let Lotus remain Lotus!
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JimBob... mediocre build quality, noisy, track toys with poor sales and horrible depreciation? I don't think they need any help from me!

        PS, I own one!

        Lucas.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The royal limousines were originally built with cloth in the rear, leather up front. It's a wipe clean surface, you see?
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