Lotus planning to build a Superleggera version of the new Esprit

Article by Christian A., on June 30, 2011

Lotus is set to build the fastest and most powerful production car in Britain, a feat that McLaren, Bentley, and Aston Martin are also hard at work on. In an Auto Express interview, Lotus chief technical officer Wolf Zimmermann talked about plans to make a flagship Superleggera version of the next-generation Esprit.

The top officials of Lotus held the meeting to give more information about the New Era plan, which unveiled five new cars in June 2010 that it aims to launch in five years.

Lotus also talked about plans to produce a 2+2 Elite, the four-door Eterne, the Elise Evolution, and a city car named Ethos (which is a competitor to the Aston Martin Cygnet). Lotus also gave details about the next Elan, which will be placed on hold until 2017, when it replaces the Evora.

The top-of-the-line Superleggera is powered by an upgraded version of 562bhp 4.8-litre V8 engine, which delivers a maximum power of 612bhp at 9,000rpm.

It gets a special aluminum body that is stronger and lighter than what’s used in standard models. Zimmerman said that the car won’t just be a stripped-out racer for the road, but would be a carefully designed version of the standard Esprit.

The Superleggera will actually be the fourth model in the range, joining the coupé, convertible and a glass-roofed Targa edition. The Superleggera can accelerate from zero to 60mph in less than three seconds, and it can reach a top speed of 212mph.

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