Lotus’s new modular 562bhp 4.8-litre V8 engine could be split and used as a basis for a 2.4-litre four-pot for use in the Elise replacement from 2014.
The new V8 will be used in the mid-engined Lotus Esprit, the first in the firm’s new five-strong line-up of sports cars, which is currently penciled in for a launch at the 2013 Geneva motor show. It will then make its way into the front-engined Elite 2+2 GT at the 2013 Frankfurt motor show six months later.
Lotus decided to build its own engines after customer clinics last year found people were not comfortable with the idea of £100,000 Lotuses with Toyota engines. The new Lotus V8 will be fired up for the first time in August.
The Lotus Engineering-developed engine weighs just 170kg and is short at 612mm long. Maximum power is produced at around 9000rpm. It will be stressed into the chassis and become a structural part of the cars it is used in.