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Fast. Lightweight. Eminently enticing. There are a lot of things you could call a Lotus, but perhaps "ambitious" would be the most suitable. The company's been snapping up former Ferrari personnel en masse, unveiled five new concepts at the same time last year, and plans on returning to producing its own engines to bring them to market.

Now it seems that Lotus has its eye on a rather boastful prize indeed: that of the fastest supercar built in the UK. That's quite the goal when you consider it'll be up against the likes of the McLaren MP4-12C and Aston Martin One-77. To get there, Lotus reportedly plans on turbocharging its new V8 up to 612 horsepower, and stripping out the new Esprit to pump up the power-to-weight ratio from both ends in Superleggera fashion.

As it stands, the naturally-aspirated V8 is anticipated to produce 562 horsepower from its 4.8 liters of displacement. Lopping off a couple of cylinders or chopping the block in half could also give Lotus six- and four-cylinder versions of the modular engine for use in a variety of cars. But while the engine may be raced initially (for example in a new LMP2 car) and shoehorned into the other products Lotus plans to bring to market, its first road-going application is expected to be in the new Esprit.


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      Ryan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dear Lotus- Talk is cheap. Get back to us when you have at the very leasy development mules on the 'Ring. We look forward to the competition. We are waiting. Warmest Regards, Ferrari, Lambo, Porsche, Aston Martin, McLaren
      • 3 Years Ago
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      BenT
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yeesh, that's so ugly from behind it might as well be fast so that I won't have to see it for long. Lotus had so much promise when the S1 Elise came out, it took a bit of hit with the S2 and now it appears to be heading for the door.
      noobdlano
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sounds like they're gonna live up to the Top Gear mantra: Ambitious, but rubbish.
      Victor
      • 3 Years Ago
      One of the most interesting vaporware ever!
      jbm0866
      • 3 Years Ago
      Top Gear and other popular car shows are partially responsible for the horsepower and top speed wars this first part of the 21st century. I think Lotus should stick to what they do best....handling.
      Diablogt
      • 3 Years Ago
      Give me $30k and my 03' Civic can beat the MP4 in straight line. Those figures are non-sense, especially coming from a company that is ready to go bankrupt.
        Drakkon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Diablogt
        baaah! Lotus has been going bankrupt for 50 years now. They're used to it. It's kind of like functional alcoholism.
      weagle99
      • 3 Years Ago
      What are the odds that any of this actually happens?
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maybe Lotus can continue where Jaguar left off with the XJ220 and give the world a car that the last-gen Esprit V8 could've been. It's time for the Brits to put themselves back on the map when it comes to true performance cars.
      Musclecarinthesis777
      • 3 Years Ago
      Isn't Jaguar producing a super car at the moment to compete with the Bugatti's and SSC's of the world?
      You guy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Whats the estimated curb weight of the Espirit? I agree that this doesn't mean much until there's at LEAST base models out on the ring.