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The Lotus Elise and its siblings are probably the closest thing to street-legal go-kart that can be driven every day. The bigger Evora is a great grand tourer offering amazing handling, comfort and practicality. So far though, nothing has replaced their classic supercar, the Esprit.
The new car that will wear the Esprit badge is debuting at the Paris Motor Show, though the details on the car are vague. Inside Line is suggesting that the engine that’s going to show up under the hood will be the 522 horsepower V-10 from the Lexus LF-A, while base model cars will get the V-8 from the IS-F.
While the Evora goes after the Porsche 911, the new Esprit will be built for people who cross-shop for Ferraris and Lamborghinis.
Lotus and Toyota have a good relationship for a long time. Toyota has been providing suitable engines that have already met with emission regulations throughout the world to make global legalization for Lotus easier. Speculating that the Esprit will be getting the Lexus V-10 or V-8 is a good educated guess, especially if it helps Toyota spread the cost of development for the engine.
Lotus will also be showing a 350 horsepower Evora S and a six speed paddle shifter equipped model.
[Source: Inside Line]