All-new Esprit supercar is the first new Lotus to be undergoing serious engineering work

The all-new Lotus Esprit is the only one of Lotus’s range of sports cars and supercars to have serious engineering work undertaken on it.

Lotus insiders have told Autocar that the firm is focusing “fully” on the new Esprit at this stage, which is set to be the first of the new Lotuses launched in 2013.

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The range of new Lotus models, which new Lotus CEO Dany Bahar insists will employ the purist engineering principles of lightness and simplicity pioneered the earliest Lotuses by the company’s founder, Colin Chapman, will take the company from annual production of around 2700 sub-£40,000 cars, to between 6000 and 7000 cars costing between £80,000 and £120,000.

Powered by a Lotus-supercharged 5.0-litre Lexus V8 (revving to 8000 rpm and producing 550bhp or 620bhp in the R version), the new Esprit will have a seven-speed paddle-shift gearbox, a KERS system, a 0-62 mph time of between 3.2 and 3.5 seconds and a CO2 output of just 250 g/km — very low output for the class and consistent with Lotus’s intention of offering the most efficient cars in their classes.

The car’s kerb weight of 1495 kg doesn’t make it quite the featherweight of past Lotuses, but engineers insist it’s lighter than class contenders.

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29 October 2010

Not really a surprise that a small company like Lotus couldn't develop 6 cars at the same time. Only sensible to work on the first car, and then take what's learned to the others.

Although I'm surprised there's not news of yet another Elise special edition....

29 October 2010

[quote Symanski]Although I'm surprised there's not news of yet another Elise special edition....
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I think that's because they have now exhausted every stripe and colour combination known to mankind.

29 October 2010

[quote disco.stu]

[quote Symanski]Although I'm surprised there's not news of yet another Elise special edition....
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I think that's because they have now exhausted every stripe and colour combination known to mankind.

[/quote] Lol!

29 October 2010

"Bite, off, chew, more, than, they, can"

Re-arrange the above into an appropriate sentence!!!

29 October 2010

Haven't seen one in Camel colours with a Senna logo yet. Maybe they'll save that for the "final edition".

29 October 2010

I agree that they should try to concentrate one just the one car at a time, but unfortunately I suppose the doubters will say that it proves that there is no money and the project will fail. I'm waiting for an Elise in JPS colours.

29 October 2010

Wouldn't it have made more sense if they displayed one concept at a time. Dont know what school of thought Danny Bahar comes from, cos I have never seen display all the models for the next decade all at once.

29 October 2010

[quote Symanski]Although I'm surprised there's not news of yet another Elise special edition.... [/quote]

Surely you haven't missed the latest one, the 'RGB Special Edition', brought out in honour of long time Lotus employee and top chassis expert Roger George Becker? I kid you not, so how many Elise specials does that make in all? Roger has just retired after 44 years with Lotus. He's a really good bloke, he conducted my Lotus driving test around the Hethel test track many years ago when I worked there, you had to pass that before you were allowed to drive any company cars, and I even sold him a car once. He was quite a wheeler-dealer, and ran a one man used car operation on the side from his home in Hethersett.

29 October 2010

Only the Mclaren MP 12C, Ferrari 458, Gallardo, New Viper and Corvette to compete with, no pressure. KERS system sounds interesting, does that mean the Esprit will give small amounts of boost after heavy braking?

29 October 2010

Maybe Lotus were banging ther drum to loud in the first place?, six new cars?

Peter Cavellini.

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