On tests, the successor to the legendary Lotus EspritMarch 18, 2020
Some publications published photos from tests of the British novelty – the model will become the receiver of the Lotus Esprit sports coupe. The official presentation of the car should take place either at the end of this year or at the beginning of the next.
Lotus first hinted at a successor to the Esprit ten years ago at the Paris Motor Show. We waited and waited, and then waited more, but the car never materialized. In the last decade, there has been a change in ownership of the British brand: the Lotus lineup has not been replenished due to the receiver of the legendary sports coupe. But 2020 is the beginning of a new decade, and it looks like Lotus has finally decided to deliver on its promise.
New “spy” photographs show that the successor to the Esprit model is under development, although this is difficult to judge at this earlier stage of testing.
The photographs depict Lotus Evora, although its body has been expanded – apparently the new body has not yet. The new Esprit will use the same fundamentals as the Evora, although they will be modified for the new, rumored, model. Much of what we know about the upcoming car comes from rumors and gossip, as well as official news. It is assumed that the car can be presented either at the end of 2020, or at the beginning of 2021, and yes, it may not receive the iconic name Esprit.
When Lotus first showed the Esprit receiver concept in 2010, it equipped the car with a 5.0-liter V8 engine from Toyota. It was assumed that it would produce 500 horsepower in the basic version, and the Esprit R could produce 550 hp. But since then, the situation with power plants has changed significantly. New rumors suggest that Lotus will still use a Toyota engine, but instead it will borrow the Japanese automaker’s 3.5-liter V6 and electrify it. It is expected that the hybrid power plant will continue to develop power of about 500 hp.
Rumors also suggest that the Esprit receiver will be a two-seater mid-engined coupe with decent storage space, making the car more comfortable than other Lotus models. It will most likely look similar in appearance to the Evija electric hypercar.
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