Report: Lotus focusing fully on the all-new 2013 Esprit

Article by Christian A., on November 1, 2010

As you may know already, Lotus unveiled five impressive sport concepts at the 2010 Paris Motor Show in October the 2014 Elite, 2013 Elan Concept, 2013 Esprit, 2015 Eterne and 2015 Elise Concept. Still, don’t expect to see these cars too soon on the road as the British manufacturer is only working on the Esprit Concept.

According to the latest reports from Autocar, Lotus is focusing fully on the all-new Esprit, which is set to hit the dealerships in 2013.

The car is powered by a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine – the same mill found on the Lexus LFA -- capable of delivering 550 hp or 620 hp in the R version. Mated to a seven-speed paddle-shift gearbox, this engine allows the car hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.2 seconds. Still, the car delivers just 250 g/km, a very low number for its segment. Furthermore, the car will be fitted with a optional KERS hybrid technology.

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

The Lotus Elise Concept unveiled at the 2010 Paris Motor Show was inspired by the current Elise model but is underpinned by an extruded aluminum bonded chassis that longer to offer better access. Just like the current model, the new 2015 Elise would be offered either as a coupe or a roadster, while a sporty ‘R’ model is in the works.

Under the hood, the new Lotus Elise features a supercharged 2.0-litre Toyota four-cylinder unit that can deliver between 320 hp to 500 hp, depending on the spec. The engine will be mated to a twin-clutch manual gearbox plus Stop&Start. An optional paddle-shifted automatic transmission would be offered. However, this entry-level model would not be offered with the hybrid KERS technology that is used by the Formula 1 cars.

Overall, the Lotus Elise has a total weight of 2,409 pounds (1,029 kg). It can accelerate from nil to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.3 seconds, achieve an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).

On the other hand, the Lotus Eterne Sedan Concept previews a new four door super saloon that promises to offer a new level of elegance and the ultimate expression of refined style. A true four seater sports GT, the Eterne Sedan Concept is served by a 5.0-liter V8 engine that delivers up to 620 PS of output and 720 Nm of torque. It can sprint car from nil to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.0 seconds and reach a top speed of 315 km/h or 192 mph.

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