2013 Lotus Esprit Concept debuts at the 2010 Paris Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 30, 2010

Although nobody expected, as the 2014 Elite was unveiled, Lotus amazed us today with the 2013 Esprit Concept, introduced at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. The new car looks impressive and promises to be the ultimate supercar, paying tribute to the legendary Esprit.

The car uses a powerful 5.0-liter V8 engine delivering up to 620 hp and 720 Nm of torque, capable to push it to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.4 seconds and to a top speed of 330 km or 205 mph.

The engine is mated to a 7-speed DCT. Regarding the debut, the new Lotus Esprit will make its debut in the market in Spring 2013 and will carry a price tag of around £110,000 or $173,000. The car that has a total weight of 1,450 kg promises to be a rival for many supercars on the market. Furthermore, it will be fitted with an optional KERS hybrid technology seen on the Formula 1 cars.

Described as the “Ultimate Super Car” by Dany Bahar Chief Executive Officer of Group Lotus, the 2013 Lotus Esprit commands the spotlight. Once in the background of famous movies, it now commands centre stage.

The shape and design of the car pull you to it. It’s fair to say that the designers have found the perfect balance between modernising the vehicle whilst not losing the Esprit’s roots. The new lightweight alloy structure is smooth and hypnotic in its design.

The aerodynamics is cleverly used to boost performance using its low and wide dimensions to its advantage. The mid-engine rear wheel drive is guaranteed to stimulate all the senses. The performance matches its beauty and uses exceptional engineering to build a powerful and impressive machine.

Lotus is confident that this vehicle will be a flagship success for them and we tend to agree.

Press Release

Lotus Esprit Concept

The most eagerly anticipated Lotus makes its return. Without doubt, this is the car that the true Lotus aficionados have been waiting for: The ultimate Lotus.

The new 2013 Esprit represents the very essence of exclusive supercar driving. It picks up and exceeds the legacy of it's forefathers. Think of it as a statement of superiority. Think of it as Lotus CEO Dany Bahar's personal statement of intent, his vision for the future of Lotus.

Dany Bahar, Chief Executive Officer of Group Lotus, said: "The 2013 Esprit is the ultimate supercar. In the past when people thought of the 2013 Esprit, they thought of the movies, Bond, Pretty Woman, Basic Instinct but this time around, the car is the star of the show."

"One has to be very careful when taking on the challenge of reinventing such an iconic classic as the 2013 Esprit - everyone has an opinion. There's a fine balance between acknowledging the greatness of the past whilst at the same time rapidly leaping forward to the future and ensuring that this car not only does the name 2013 Esprit justice but also the Lotus brand. I think we've managed to find the balance and in doing so created a new icon, a car people will find hard to resist."

"Not only does the 2013 Esprit look incredible but it has the performance to match. We've stuck to the Lotus core values of performance through lightweight and teamed them with future technology and exceptional engineering to ensure that the 2013 Esprit will be the leader of the pack. The design is aggressive, you have to see it to appreciate how low and wide the proportions are but it still retains a level of dignity, of class and most of all exclusivity. I'm very proud of this car."

Powered by a 5.0 litre V8 pressure charged engine delivering up to 620 PS, the 2013 Esprit retains exceptional performance through it's unique lightweight design making it the ultimate expression of Lotus supercar ownership. It is the supercar that will redefine ride and handling, performance, comfort and exclusivity.

The styling of the 2013 Esprit echoes the performance with strong lines throughout the sleek low body. The symmetry through the mass and proportion of the 2013 Esprit give it an intense look, it's the perfect example of the new Lotus DNA in action.

The 2013 Esprit is more than an evolution, it's a redefinition.

2013 Lotus Esprit Specifications

Layout 2 seater, mid-engined, rear wheel drive
Engine Petrol, hybrid optional
Hybrid technology Optional KERS
Cylinder V8
Capacity 5.0 litre
Power/Torque 620 PS / 720 Nm
Rev limit 8,500 rpm
0-100 km/h 3.4 seconds
Top speed 330 km/h
CO2 approx (CO2/km) 250 g/km**
Weight 1,450 kg
Seats 2
Transmission 7 Speed DCT
Drive RWD
Start of production End of 2012
Enters the market Spring 2013
Price indication Circa £110,000

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