Lotus Esprit to return?

When I was a kid, my brother’s friend had a black Lotus Esprit. It was gorgeous, nothing like I had ever seen before. As he pulled up to the front of the house, a distinguished loud raucous sound was playing from the engine bay. I was in love! In a matter of seconds, the engine surprisingly caught on fire! I just stood there as they unsuccessfully tried to put it out looking at the sleek nose and admiring the width of the car. Daydreaming. It still stands out in my memory till today. A death trap or not, I will always be in love with the Lotus Esprit.

Fast forward to the present. I recently read that Lotus is working on a new Esprit, set to be released some time in 2012. Brilliant! Lotus, unlike other car companies that disappeared over the years, has made an organic comeback. They focused on providing suspension & handling consultancy services to other carmakers such as Kia, Isuzu, Chrysler and even Nissan’s already legendary Skyline GT-R. They built the Elise and the Exige, 2 track-minded razor cutting machines. They recently just launched the Evora, a 2+2 sports car which can handle cruising and track shredding duties, the Lotus way.

Picture above is a rendering and not an official photo.

In order to pay respects to its heritage, Lotus will retain the original Esprit’s mid-engined layout. What kind of engine will it use? There’s speculation that Lotus could stick to using Toyota engines as it currently does throughout its lineup, although this time they would opt for a V8. There is also a rumor going around that Lotus may opt for BMW’s new twin-turbo V8 due to the balance of power and efficiency. We’ll have to wait and see but for now, nostalgia’s knocking at the door and I need to go answer it.

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4 Comments on “Lotus Esprit to return?”

  1. Marzouq Says:

    Now that would be damn coooool!!!!! That car was the shit with the XJ220 back in the day! Those were supercars! Remind’s me of Back To The Future!

  2. NE Says:

    Regarding the Lotus, i believe the combination of the BMW V8 twin turbo with a lotus chassis would be amazing, but i always prefer N/A engines 🙂

    I know this is not part of the subject, but i’m curious if you had a dream garage of only 5 cars? what would those car be?

    • el wehbi Says:

      Well NE, because you ask such a deep question, I have a billion (over-exaggerated) answers. So please give me a day or two to put it into a proper post 🙂

      Thanks a lot… now I won’t be able to sleep lol


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