Lotus Esprit successor may feature Lexus V10

The successor to the legendary Esprit may be available with V10, V8 and V6 powertrain options

The successor to the legendary Esprit may be available with V10, V8 and V6 powertrain options

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For Lotus fans, the next few years should prove to be very interesting times as the company pushes ahead with its five-year plan to update its model lineup, including successors to the Elise and Esprit. Lotus has already unveiled its new Evora, but rather than sitting still with this car, work on the new Elise and Esprit is already well underway at the company’s Hethel engineering center in the UK.

While the future Elise may be seen as early as 2011, of more interest is the flagship Esprit successor, which EVO is reporting could come with an optional V10 engine sourced from Lexus. While there has been no confirmation of such a move, Lotus CEO Mike Kimberley has revealed in the past that the car is being developed with “a very well respected prestige carmaker.”

Many predicted that BMW would supply one of its V8 engines for the new Esprit but Lotus' close ties with Toyota, from which it already sources a number of powerplants, could see advanced Lexus engines used instead. The 500hp (373kW) V10 engine, which is set to debut in the Lexus LF-A supercar next year, would likely be reserved for a range-topping model, while a mid-spec model would get the IS-F’s 420hp (312kW) V8 and an entry-level model would pick up a 300hp (225kW) version of the 3.5L Toyota V6 from the Evora.

To keep costs down and speed up its gestation, the new Esprit will likely share its chassis with the bonded and extruded aluminum unit underpinning the Evora. Rising development costs and changing requirements, however, have reportedly pushed back the original 2010 release date to 2012. The extra time, however, will allow for both coupe and convertible models - Lotus had originally planned to launch a hard-top only - as well as a possible ‘alternative’ model.
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Comments (8)
  1. Homely.

  2. Its about time damnt

  3. Damm that look's like a Delorian with a Japanese aero kit glued on!!!!

  4. Lotus puts Toyota engines to better use than Toyota does. Hopefully Toyoda's grandkid can address this and make a sports car worth buying...

  5. V-10 and nothing more? What about an Aston Martin V-12

  6. Bring back Bond's Supercar!

  7. I think it would be fabulous if Lotus fitted a V10 to it’s ultimate supercar, however as Lotus are all about handling would such a heavy engine make it more difficult for Lotus to strike a fine handling balance?
    The new Evora has a V6 engine and the car weighs significantly more than an Elise, and I think they have perhaps hit their limit in terms of the fine balance between weight and power. The Evora does drive like the perfect all round sports car though!

  8. but need's more horsepower and more lbft of torque in the v6 engine, and i would say about4.7 liters,599mph,rpm599and the redline is around 1009. i am talking about the evora v6 engine.and they can put the v8 into the evora.

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