Lotus is currently working on a replacement for the Esprit sports car built from 1976 to 2004. The initial release date was 2008, but current assumptions within the company imply that the actual release date will be December 2009. The 2010 Esprit will be priced at $130.000 (est).

The new Esprit will be built around a new aluminium structure, which Lotus plans to adopt for other cars, too. The exterior design has been signed off; the aerodynamics are being scrutinised in the wind tunnel. At launch, the Esprit won’t have a prominent wing, although higher performance models will, like the 1989 SE.

Under the bonet you will see BMW’s 4.8-liter V8 mid-engine, with an output of 400 hp. The top speed will go up to 200 mph. The mid –engine coupe may use also the V8 engine from the Audi RS4, offering 430hp, more than enough for a light-weight sport car.The Esprit will use advanced materials like aluminium and carbon fibre to provide a total mass of around 2645 lbs.

Source: Autovisie

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