• Sep 30, 2010
Paris 2010: Lotus Esprit Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Lotus is ready to make a big impact at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. It brought five concept vehicles to the show (more on the other four in short order), and one in particular has us salivating. Lotus plans to revive the much-loved Esprit for the 2013 model year. Before we see a production version of that car, the automaker is showcasing its Lotus Esprit Concept.

Taking cues from the old Esprit, the Esprit Concept plunks its engine amidship, though instead of honoring the turbocharged four-cylinders that powered the originals, the concept makes do with a meaty supercharged 5.0-liter V8. That V8 will look familiar to fans of the Lexus IS-F. The two-seater will produce 620 horsepower, accelerate from 0-60 in under 3.5 seconds and then blast onward to a 205-mile-per-hour top speed. The plan is to bring the production version to market in the spring of 2013 with a price tag around $175,000.

In addition to the massive, and massively exciting ,V8 power, the Lotus Esprit will also be offered with KERS as an option. KERS, or Kinetic Energy Recovery System, is a system used by Formula 1 cars to recover heat energy generated during braking. The energy is stored until the driver wants a powerful boost and with a push of a button propels the car with more force than two bottles of NOS... the big ones.

Stay tuned as we'll update this post with more official images as well as live shots from the show floor soon.

UPDATE: We have video of the Esprit in action, check it out after the jump, and live shots in the second gallery below.




Live photos copyright ©2010 Drew Phillips / AOL



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      • 4 Years Ago
      it looks really good! like the lp560! this should have been the new lambo!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't like it. I was (and still am) a huge fan of the badge, but there is something missing stylistically from these cars (the new lineup) that I can't put my finger on. These cars could be Toyotas or Hondas. Specifically, the landmark design that was the folded paper wedge which came to epitomize the Esprit shape isn't even attempted here in any form. In many ways I think they are knockoffs.

      I'm also a fan of the lighter/simpler school of thought on Lotus, and that philosophy isn't manifested in this car anymore.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It looks like one designer was trying to sketch a new idea and Lotus' product managers snatched all the crumpled designs out of the wastebasket and said "YES! We'll make them all!"

      I'm all for a cohesive corporate look, but these 5 cars all look exactly the same to me (and none of them are particularly exciting looking).
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed.
        • 4 Years Ago
        i agree, all of the lotus concept so far is just too anonymous...iono lotus...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Very sweet Lotus! No K(omplexity)ERS for me, thanks. I'll take the gas only powertrain.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Ugh, the side view profile looks like an old Vector!
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is not a Lotus. Lotus is dead.

      Making larger, heavier cars is not Lotus.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @spin cycle

        What a stupid thing to say. If they wanted to make an SUV guess what it is still going to be a Lotus. Plus I'm sure is not like you can afford any of those "not Lotus" cars. Enjoy your shift at Mc Donalds and your ride home on you 1984 accord
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah. This is hardly a surprise. Hell, even the last Esprit wasn't THAT light weight. Really, only the Elise/Exige have been truly burning a candle in the corner for Colin Chapman. We all like Lotus here and I sincerely hope this major push of theirs succeeds, but I, too, would like at least one of the new models to be just that extra bit more pure. It just won't be this one, and I think that's the right move.
        • 4 Years Ago
        lol come on spin cycle, you're no idiot, you knew a new esprit would need to be somewhat heavier than the original, safety standards have change, and you also know this will be competitive with the big boys toys from mclaren and ferrari
        • 4 Years Ago
        Unfortunately Lotus is a company, and a company needs to make money. Going "mainstream" will help Lotus to make money which you would hope they put back into lightweight racers.

        The Elise concept looks promising...
        • 4 Years Ago
        You're right, this is not a Lotus, this is the new Gallardo. They must have the pictures mixed up.




        Huh!? What? You mean I'm wrong? No way......well I'll be...
      • 4 Years Ago
      So glad that Lotus is sticking with Toyota power. I think it's been a great partnership so far and should only get better now that Toyota is starting to devote some time and energy to the sportscar game again (*fingers crossed).
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is awesome. Production cars with KERS? I just hope this doesn't go out of production before I can save up the money..
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's a seriously nice looking car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Pretty car, in a characterless generic way, like all the photo shopped fake breasted blondes in Playboy. Beautiful and sexy, but you can't tell them apart, and ultimately, forgettable. Sad to see it go this way.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I pass a white 80's Esprit everyday on the way to work and I still love that car. This pays a fine homage to beauty while pushing the envelope and developing the company.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So no LF-A V-10? Maybe down the road...?
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