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Old 10-01-2010, 10:47 AM
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Lotus Esprit Concept 2010

Lotus Esprit Concept 2010

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The Icon Is Back

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 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 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.”

“One has to be very careful when taking on the challenge of reinventing such an iconic classic as the 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 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 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 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 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 Esprit echoes the performance with strong lines throughout the sleek low body. The symmetry through the mass and proportion of the Esprit give it an intense look, it’s the perfect example of the new Lotus DNA in action.

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

**Using optional hybrid technolgy
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Old 10-01-2010, 11:46 AM
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Whats with the invertly curved back window....

The front 1/4 looks like a LF-A mixed with a 458 with angles...the rest looks odd period...

The Malaysian have finally lost it...
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Old 10-01-2010, 11:49 AM
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These Lotus concepts all look the same up front.

And they remind me of something Japanese, but I can't put my finger on exactly what.
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Old 10-01-2010, 12:14 PM
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This is very nice looking.
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Old 10-01-2010, 05:07 PM
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This is the only Lotus design that was started by the old designer.. it was edited by the new guy, who did the other four.

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In fact, the Esprit was largely shaped by the original Lotus design chief Russell Carr before he was sidelined by the new CEO Dany Bahar. The other cars were designed by the new design chief appointed by Mr. Bahar, Donata Coco. If you remember, Coco served as Ferrari's design chief from 2005 to 2009, during which he helped defining the shape of California. No wonder the Elite looks so much alike the Ferrari !

Coco is an unfortunate guy. He spent most time of his career at Citroen, responsible for C2, C3, Xsara Picasso etc. yet few people know him. Then he succeeded Frank Stephenson at Ferrari. Apart from California, he was also said to be responsible for 458 Italia, though no one knows how much he involved these designs behind the shadow of Pininfarina. Finally, a call from his old colleague Bahar gave him a great opportunity to demonstrate his talent. Within a few months he penned 4 cars plus modified Russell Carr's Esprit, built their (non-running) prototypes and made some nice CG videos for demonstration in Paris motor show. Very efficient indeed. Unfortunately, in the rush he forgot the first principle of automotive design - brand character. What makes a Lotus different ? What can be learned from the previous Lotus cars ? Mr. Coco seemed to ignore these questions and concentrated on working on his own, creating something he prefers.
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Old 10-01-2010, 05:32 PM
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This is very nice looking.
I think it has potential - the front is good and will likely look better in production form.

The rear in my opinion needs a total redesign.

Damn styled centre mounted exhausts! Bring back simple quad circles pushed to the bottom corners!
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Old 10-31-2010, 07:23 AM
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It looks like an asian lamborghini Gallardo. Except its heavier. Totally Anti-lotus. It need to lose at least 600 pounds, and then it needs a proper motor, like the LFA V10.
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