The first official photos of a new Lamborghini are always a highlight in the motoring year. And the anticipation of the replacement of Lamborghini's biggest-selling model, the Gallardo, was palpable.

After all, the Lamborghini Huricán has some big boots to fill.

It is, by any measure a pretty car. In there are shades of Aventador in the styling, but it's somehow less aggressive and, I imagine, more palatable for more drivers.

But here’s the thing. In 2010, Lotus made the unusual move of revealing its entire range of next-generation models in one hit. Among them was an all-new Lotus Esprit. The project stalled, but insiders suggest the car is at an advanced development stage using a combination of Evora and Ferrari 458 Italia mules. It could be resurrected once the firm reaches a sure financial footing, but who knows what it’ll look like.

To my eyes, some of the styling of that concept lives on – purely coincidentally – in the new Huracán. There’s a striking similarity to the shape of the glasshouse in profile and the angular treatment of the lower side skirts. And the narrow headlights and front bumper vents aren’t dissimilar, either.

What do you think? Can you see similarities?