• Nov 27, 2009
When it comes to the successor to the Lotus Esprit, the specs -- and even the name -- are still up in the air. There is, however, a mule undergoing testing on the ground. Autocar has pics of an Exige with a seriously modified rear end, leading to speculation that the new Esprit's powertrain lives underneath.
This time engine talk centers on "a version of" the Lexus lump in the IS F, but with 275-325 bhp per ton as the goal, that could mean an engine which is quite close or quite far from its source material. Knowing Lotus, we won't doubt the power -- what we really can't wait to see are the looks. The Esprit V8 was the last of the gee-willikers rip-snorters from the house of Chapman, but it was the design of the earlier s4s that made us go "Oh yeah." Please, Lotus, give us that lovin' feelin' again...

[Source: Autocar]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      A V8 Lotus again, hmmm? Very exciting!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I loves' me a Lotus! Esprit FTMFW!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Pop up lights please!
        • 5 Years Ago
        pop-up lights are dead :(

        Doesn't meet modern pedestrian safety standards...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm surprised they are not testing it with an Evora mule, since it will be based on that architecture.

      It's a damn shame we'll never see a Lotus with the lightness of the Exige again. The refreshed model will have to conform to new safety specs :(. I just hope they can keep the Esprit in the 2800 lb. range with the V10, but based on the Evora's weight, it will be difficult with the newer VVA and wider tires, etc...

      Many of us are rooting for you Lotus! Make this the new dream car for the lightweight supercar fans among us...
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Lotus Evora has a 2+2 configuration with rear seats and trunk behind the engine large enough to fit golf clubs.

        The Esprit should be closer to the Exige then the Evora. No boot, no rear seats, and be a lot lighter weight.

        The current Exige weighs around 2,000lbs, and the 2ZZ-GE engine in the Exige weighs around 230lbs, all we know from Toyota is that the LF-A V10 'weighs less then their V6 engine' which is around 380lbs. How much less then 380lbs Toyota hasn't said, but its already a very light-weight engine, and there is only a 150 lbs difference between them.

        If the Exige uses the V10 then 2,700lbs should be easy, the less exotic 5.0l V8 is larger, heavier engine, but even with that the next Esprit should be as light as its predecessor.

        We should also keep in mind that the later Esprits, such as the Sport 350, weighed closer to 2,900lbs.