“The icon is back.” That’s how Lotus has titled their press release for the new Esprit. It’s only back in concept form right now, but Lotus says the car will be on sale in 2013. The new aggressive lines and sharp edges make a bold statement and position the Esprit right in the heart of supercar territory. A fact mentioned many times in the promo video below.
The Esprit will be powered by a 5.0 litre V8 producing an inspiring peak power figure of 620PS (456kW) and a very encouraging 720Nm of torque. Tipping the scales at 1450kg (roughly the same as a Golf R) the Esprit rockets to 100km/h in 3.4 seconds and can reach a top speed of 330km/h.
Lotus CEO, Dany Bahar, is pumped, â€œNot only does the Esprit look incredible but it has the performance to match. Weâ€™ve stuck to the Lotus core values of performance through lightweight and teamed them with future technology and exceptional engineering to ensure that the Esprit will be the leader of the pack. The design is aggressive, you have to see it to appreciate how low and wide the proportions are but it still retains a level of dignity, of class and most of all exclusivity. Iâ€™m very proud of this car.â€
More pics, video and official press release are available after the break.
Lotus Esprit: The Vision
The Icon Is Back
The most eagerly anticipated Lotus makes its return. Without doubt, this is the car that the true Lotus aficionados have been waiting for: The ultimate Lotus.
The new Esprit represents the very essence of exclusive supercar driving. It picks up and exceeds the legacy of itâ€™s forefathers. Think of it as a statement of superiority. Think of it as Lotus CEO Dany Baharâ€™s personal statement of intent, his vision for the future of Lotus.
Dany Bahar, Chief Executive Officer of Group Lotus, said: â€œThe Esprit is the ultimate supercar. In the past when people thought of the Esprit, they thought of the movies, Bond, Pretty Woman, Basic Instinct but this time around, the car is the star of the show.â€
â€œOne has to be very careful when taking on the challenge of reinventing such an iconic classic as the Esprit â€“ everyone has an opinion. Thereâ€™s a fine balance between acknowledging the greatness of the past whilst at the same time rapidly leaping forward to the future and ensuring that this car not only does the name Esprit justice but also the Lotus brand. I think weâ€™ve managed to find the balance and in doing so created a new icon, a car people will find hard to resist.â€
â€œNot only does the Esprit look incredible but it has the performance to match. Weâ€™ve stuck to the Lotus core values of performance through lightweight and teamed them with future technology and exceptional engineering to ensure that the Esprit will be the leader of the pack. The design is aggressive, you have to see it to appreciate how low and wide the proportions are but it still retains a level of dignity, of class and most of all exclusivity. Iâ€™m very proud of this car.â€
Powered by a 5.0 litre V8 pressure charged engine delivering up to 620 PS, the Esprit retains exceptional performance through itâ€™s unique lightweight design making it the ultimate expression of Lotus supercar ownership. It is the supercar that will redefine ride and handling, performance, comfort and exclusivity.
The styling of the Esprit echoes the performance with strong lines throughout the sleek low body. The symmetry through the mass and proportion of the Esprit give it an intense look, itâ€™s the perfect example of the new Lotus DNA in action.
The Esprit is more than an evolution, itâ€™s a redefinition.
Layout: 2 seater, mid-engined, rear wheel drive
Engine: Petrol, hybrid optional
Hybrid technology: Optional KERS
Capacity: 5.0 litre
Power/Torque: 620 PS / 720 Nm
Rev limit: 8,500 rpm
0-100 km/h: 3.4 seconds
Top speed: 330 km/h
CO2 approx (CO2/km): 250 g/km*
Weight: 1,450 kg
Transmission: 7 Speed DCT
Start of production: End of 2012
Enters the market: Spring 2013
Price indication: Circa Â£110,000
*Using optional hybrid technolgy