Autocar has the skinny on the next-generation Lotus Exige and Esprit. Dany Bahar, Group Lotus chief executive, dropped a few details on both models while speaking to the publication about the renewal of his contract with the sports car maker.

Bahar has signed on with Lotus for another four years, which means he'll be around to see the launch of the 2013 Esprit. The vehicle is crucial to Bahar's five-year plan for Lotus and should give the company a legitimate halo vehicle when it goes on sale. Motor Authority reports the vehicle will be available as a hybrid that uses an in-house V8 engine paired with an electric motor.

Meanwhile, additional Esprit models will provide no-compromise performance. Speaking of performance, word has it Lotus will work up its own V6 engine in the near future for use in the company's next-generation Exige. Currently, Lotus relies on Toyota to supply its powerplants.

Bahar has also made it clear that Lotus will expand its motorsport endeavors in the near future as part of his quest to make Lotus a British version of Porsche. We certainly can't complain about that.


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      Griffen W
      • 3 Years Ago
      I know its just a day dream but with lotus's connections to Toyota I'd love to see what lotus could do with the the BRZ aka Gt86 aka FR-S. Move the price point up to the mid-high 30's to cover the cost of skinning it in light weight materials (CFRP) and giving it a lotus face, new dash and a healthy dose of power. Would give lotus more user friendly, lower cost entry level model.
      Ryan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Something about this Bahar guy makes me not believe a single word he says. Do I want to believe him? Sure, but man his whole Lotus plan sounds like a lot of vaporware. You are a low-production, niche sports car manufacturer that has an agreement with a reliable and increasingly sporty supplier (Toyota). So, he turns away from that and decides to build everything in house- seems very risky and capital intensive. Take the IS 350 V-6 for the Exige/Elise, take the IS-F V-8 for the Espirit with an electric motor and call it a day. Then when/if Lotus takes off you can think about bringing engine development in-house.
      evannever
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Exige looks so amazing in pictures, but I can't get over how freaking small they are. I passed one on the highway this morning and it seriously felt like I was look down at a small sports car from my car ...and my car is a Cayman.
      Jameskey
      • 3 Years Ago
      Want to be the British Porsche? Make a Cayman competitor at the Cayman price. A slightly more luxurious and road tuned Exige for example, call it whatever you want. (Also make a beautiful, horribly unrefined SUV with a nice interior and an awful looking bloated 4 door with an even nicer interior). Then you'll be the British Porsche. You're welcome. I Love/Hate Porsche.
      Alex Butti
      • 3 Years Ago
      I always liked the Lotus philosophy, and this car is no different. Now, if I only had the cash for this beauty.
      D
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, we have seen another act, of a 12 year old CEO OF LOTUS, the guy has driven the likes of success into the ground, one more time, the biggest mistake lotus owners have made is letting Dandy boy spend money and make too many decisions, This is what one person that has all the answers dose (((it don’t work))) burn Dandy boys ideas down, If you have a lotus sale it, the appeal is going down, we understand, the apple of a marketable item is based on its worth and the ability to get people to perceive the value as a needed item, were in the universe dose making this swizzle stick a great move, we are trying to get 12-22 year kids to buy cars and poor people, great job Dandy boy, some one screwed up giving Dandy boy the CEO job why we could have given him a job at Lotus but at the back of the room with no Desk, Pen or Paper.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Carlos Cruz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Two for two! It looks like an Exige and it actually is one! Im starting to respect this website again.