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  • Jay Leno drives a 1977 Lotus Esprit

    It's rare to find one-owner classic cars. Time marches on and aging automobiles have to make way for more modern machines. That's the case most of the time, but not so for Detlef Claudius. He's owned his bright yellow Lotus Esprit since he bought it new back in 1977. Detlef owns the car with his son Jason, and the two recently visited Jay Leno's Garage with their car. The Lotus has clearly become a beloved member of the family. It's exactly the sort of machine that Jay Leno loves to see because the family's dedication to the machine shines brightly. You can see it in the clean paint, strong...

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    Lotus Esprit supercar may get reprise in sports car company's latest plans

    Lotus is in the process of developing two new sports cars and an SUV. The sports cars will come first and one of them is tipped to be an Elise replacement. The other, Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales revealed to Autocar in an interview published Tuesday, will be a proper supercar along the lines of the...

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    New Lotus Esprit Is Dead

    Not long ago, critics of Lotus accused the automaker of biting off more than it could chew. After all, the British sports car manufacturer and engineering firm had shown six all-new concepts at the 2010 Paris Auto Show, was on somewhat shaky financial ground, and had only a range of aging track-day...

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    World's Largest James Bond Car Collection For Sale

    A collection of 59 James Bond vehicles will be sold as one lot.

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    Elon Musk Is Buyer Of James Bond Lotus Submarine, Plans To Make It Electric

    Not long ago, it was revealed that the Lotus Esprit submarine from the 1977 James Bond flick The Spy Who Loved Me was sold at auction for close to a million dollars. In case you’re unfamiliar with the movie, the car was converted into a mock submarine that is made to look like it's...

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    James Bond And Ferris Bueller Have Their Machines Sold Off

    In the world of film, there are a handful of automobiles that have achieved an iconic almost cult-like status. Be it the Ghostbusters Ecto-1, the Audi S8 from Ronin, or even the Jeep from Jurassic Park, movie cars create movie car fans. Two of the most memorable machines from the last few decades...

  • 2013 Lotus Esprit Concept

    Since taking over Lotus’ parent company Proton last January, and in effect taking control of the British sports car manufacturer, Malaysian conglomerate DRB-Hicom has set about ousting Dany Bahar and the former CEO's overly ambitious plan for a six-model lineup, injecting some funds and reaffirming its commitment to the brand, and confirming that development of a new Esprit supercar is continuing. So far, it seems, things are looking up for the company. Unfortunately, the news isn’t all good. Sales of existing models like the Evora and Exige have slowed to a trickle, and without...

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    Lotus Owner Provides Details Of Future Plans

    The last we heard, Lotus’ new owner DRB-Hicom had fired CEO Dany Bahar and thrown out his overly ambitious plan to launch up to six brand new models within a five-year period. DRB-Hicom also revealed that it would announce a revised plan for Lotus before mid-2013 and that development of at...

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    Dany Bahar's Former Lotus Esprit For Sale

    If you’re big on Lotus collector cars, here’s one you won’t want to pass up: a 2002 Lotus Esprit V8, rebuilt at the factory in 2010 for then-CEO Dany Bahar. And by rebuilt, we mean completely rebuilt. According to Lotus Forums (via Evo), the car’s engine and transmission...

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    Lotus Esprit V-8 Engine Development: Video

    The new Lotus is building a new V-8 engine, in part to power its upcoming Lotus Esprit, due in 2013. Reported to generate up to 570 horsepower, the new Lotus V-8 is being built from scratch, completely in-house, a move which Lotus characterizes as big and brave decision. The motivation is to be...

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    2011 Race Of Champions Set To Return To Dusseldorf

    The 2011 Race Of Champions will be held in Dusseldorf, Germany

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    Lotus Planning Esprit Roadster, Targa And Superleggera Models: Report

    Only a week ago we reported that Lotus was planning a turbocharged version of its new in-house developed V-8 engine for a high-performance ‘R’ version of its upcoming 2013 Esprit supercar, and now we have details that a ‘Superleggera’ flagship model is also planned. This...

  • 2013 Lotus Esprit

    Earlier this week we brought you the first details about Lotus’ new in-house developed V-8 engine, which is set to appear in the upcoming Esprit supercar as well as several other new models currently in development at the automaker’s Hethel facility in the UK. Here we divulged that the V-8 engine would displace 4.8-liters and be rated at 562 horsepower, and that its modular design may eventually spawn smaller four-cylinder and V-6 units. Now there’s word that this engine may also receive a turbocharging system, lifting output as high as 612 horsepower for hardcore...

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    First Details On New In-House Developed Lotus V-8

    We’ve known for some time that Lotus was working on a new V-8 engine for its upcoming Esprit supercar, even word that the automaker was pulling funding from other projects to ensure that both the new engine and the supercars that it will eventually power are truly world class. Now the first...

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    Lotus Esprit Coming In 2013 With Unique 570-Horsepower V-8: Report

    The 2013 Lotus Esprit is to be the first of a new-generation of luxurious sports cars from one of the most renowned performance marques in the industry. Styled under the watchful eye of former Ferrari designer Donato Coco, the new Esprit has already been previewed in concept form and is destined to...

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    UK Rejects Lotus Funding Request, Increases Uncertainty For New Models

    Lotus has some very ambitious plans--too ambitious some might say--to launch up to six new models between now and 2015, as well as start in-house development of its own powertrains. Remember, this is a company that currently builds only a trio of very niche sports cars. Lotus is the first to admit...

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    Lotus Boss Reveals Plans For In-House Designed V-8

    Right up until August of this year there were reports claiming Lotus would continue to rely on Toyota for its future powertrains, including the use bespoke V-8 and V-10 engines from Toyota’s upmarket Lexus division for a new range of high-end models such as the Esprit supercar and new Elite...

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    Lutz Gives Lotus 60 Percent Chance Of Success With New Line

    So what, exactly, is Bob Lutz doing pontificating on the probabilities of Proton-owned Lotus' likelihood of success? He's an member of the senior advisory board, invited by new CEO Dany Bahar. And he's guesstimating a 60 percent chance of success for Lotus' new model line and product direction...

  • 2013 Lotus Esprit Concept

    Just a few weeks ago, Lotus loosed a crew of portly, modern, and Chapman-defying models on the world at the Paris auto show. But it turns out only the Esprit is real--at least for the time being. According to Lotus CEO Dany Bahar, who admits he's "not a car guy," only the new Esprit is actually under development. Why? Just developing the one car is requiring the full force of Lotus' resources. But it's not due for release until 2013. So what about all those other Lotuses? The Elan, Elise, Eterne, City Car, and Elite? They're nice ideas of possible future directions for Lotus, but at this...

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    Lotus Drops More Images Of New Esprit Supercar

    To say Lotus pulled off a bit of a coup at last month’s 2010 Paris Auto Show is a massive understatement given the automaker’s reveal of no less than six brand new concept cars, all of which are intended for production over the next five years. The list of concepts range from tiny urban...

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    2010 Paris Auto Show: 2013 Lotus Esprit

    For Lotus fans, the next few years should prove to be very interesting as the company pushes ahead with its five-year plan to update its model lineup, including successors to the Elise and Esprit. Sales of the Evora are going strong, and at this week’s 2010 Paris Auto Show the company is...

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    2010 Paris Auto Show Preview: Lotus Elite Concept

    Lotus is planning a concept extravaganza for next week's 2010 Paris Auto Show, including a new take on the Esprit supercar, and today we have a glimpse of one of the vehicles that will be gracing the stands of the niche British sports car company. Described as the embodiment of Lotus’ new...

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    Lotus Esprit Successor May Feature Lexus LFA V-10

    For Lotus fans, the next few years should prove to be very interesting as the company pushes ahead with its five-year plan to update its model lineup, including successors to the Elise and Esprit. Sales of the Evora are going strong, and we’re about to see the unveiling of a new supercharged...

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    Lotus Officially Teases Esprit Concept Ahead Of Paris Auto Show

    The 2010 Paris Auto Show will see a bevy of Lotus concepts unveiled.

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