UK mag Autocar brings word the all-new Lotus Esprit is close to being finalised. The Esprit was first revealed as part of the Bahar bonanza at the 2012 Paris Motor Show and apparently only minor adjustments are required before it can be signed off, ready for production.
We’re sure the motoring world would love nothing more than to embrace the return of the Esprit nameplate, and hopefully a new (old) player to rival the likes of Ferrari and Porsche. Only trouble is the future of Lotus isn’t resting on a rock solid foundation and there’s no guarantee the new Esprit will ever become a production reality.
That would be a real shame. The new Esprit looks fantastic and with a 5.0 litre V8 and F1-style KERS unit the headline stats are expected to read 620hp and 720Nm, with 100km/h ticked off in only 3.4 seconds.