Lotus is forging ahead with a new Elise and new Esprit, with predicted production dates of 2011 and 2012.
The Elise is most likely to be a development of today’s car, rather than a variant of the new Evora, which has a very different alloy chassis, and is heavier. Insiders say the Elise may be seen late in 2010, but sales won’t start until 2011.
Production of the Esprit is dependent on sufficient funds being generated by the Evora and, possibly, cash from an outside investor.
Despite that, engineers are still working towards a 2012 launch date. The Esprit will be a longer, wider version of the new Evora with a mid-mounted V8.
The Evora Convertible is also planned for 2012; it will be a two-seater and may be marketed as a different model.
Lotus’s engineering and production systems are understood to be flexible enough to allow a late decision on the order in which the Esprit or the Evora Convertible come to market.