2013 Lotus Elan and Esprit Concepts sent back to the drawing board

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 14, 2011

As you may know already, Lotus introduced the Elan and Esprit Concepts back in September, at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. Many of the people who saw them (including us) were speechless and expected to see a production version of these concepts. But, it appears that we will have to wait some more, as both concepts were sent back to the drawing board because they look so much alike.

We have to admit, that the design is almost the same but we still like the two vehicles.

For those who don’t know, the Lotus Elan Concept uses a 4.0-liter V6 engine delivering up to 450 PS and 465 Nm of torque at 7,800 rpm. As expected, the car is mated to a 7-speed DCT transmission and can hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.5 seconds, while the top speed is limited at 310 km/h or 192 mph.

The Lotus Esprit Concept uses a more potent 5.0-liter V8 engine (found on the Lexus LFA) capable to deliver a total output of 620 hp and 720 Nm of torque. With these numbers, the Lotus Esprit Concept can hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 330 km or 205 mph.

Both vehicles were expected as a 2013 model year, but now we are not so sure if the cars will make it until then!

When it comes to exclusive supercar driving, the Lotus Esprit more than symbolizes this very spirit. While it picks up on the legacy of its predecessors, it does more and even exceeds it. One can even say that this is the Lotus Esprit’s statement of superiority. One can also say that this is the personal statement of intent of none other than Group Lotus Chief Executive Officer Dany Bahar as it is also his vision of what the Lotus will be for the future.

According to Bahar, the Lotus Esprit is indeed the ultimate supercar. When Esprit is mentioned, he added, the first thing that comes to mind are movies like Pretty Woman, or Basic Instinct, or even Bond films. This time however, Bahar continued, it is the car that is the star of the show. When reinventing iconic classics like the Lotus Esprit, great care has to be taken as the main challenge is that people will always have a strong opinion on the matter.

Bahar shared that a fine balance has to be found in recognizing how great the past was with the fact that time is always moving forward. This is important as it will make sure that the new car not only does justice to the Esprit name but to the Lotus brand in general. With this supercar, he further said, the brand has indeed managed to get the correct balance and was able to make a new icon, a vehicle that people will surely find hard to resist.

The Lotus Esprit does not only look good but it has the performance to match it. Bahar related that what the company did was to take the core value of performance the brand is known for and put it in a lightweight body while adding in future technology and excellent engineering. This results in the Lotus Esprit leading the pack. By having an aggressive design, people will get to appreciate the fact that while the proportions are indeed wide and low, it continues to have that high level of class, dignity, and most importantly, exclusivity.

Topics: lotus, sports car

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