2013 Lotus Esprit

The Lotus Esprit might be the last remaining part of the Dany Bahar era, we’re hearing today that it hasn’t been shelved indefinitely, instead, Lotus engineers have been hard at work completing the project. Lotus’ planned flagship model apparently needs just to be signing off following some minor tweaking.

It seems that while this is good news for Lotus, there are still storm clouds on the horizon. Autocar reports that the entire project might now be delayed from production readiness as a result of the much-publicised management issues.

Of course, Lotus needs to start producing cars again. Sales figures for the last three months read more like an ultra-exclusive boutique hypercar maker than Britain’s premiere sports car manufacturer. Lotus sold just two cars in the United Kingdom last month and 122 cars total this year.

The Esprit is expected to use a 5.0 liter twin-turbo V8 with an F1-style KERS system, mated to a seven-speed paddle-shift transmission. It should pack a 650hp punch, despite costing less than £100,000.

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  1. I don’t know where you’re getting your info from on this one but suffice it to say its ‘ dead ‘ wrong . The Esprit project is in the closet – there’s no money at Lotus – the company is on the auction blocks ( for sale ) – and in fact the very future existence of Lotus is seriously in question …… according to every credible source out there .

  2. The Lotus Esprit was never part of the Dany Bahar era. The design and development work was already well advanced before Dany came on board. Indeed it was one of the pet projects of former CEO Mike Kimberley.

    Dany just included it, along with four other prototypes, as part of his Paris bitz.

    Arguably in terms of actual models conceived and put into production during the Bahar years there are none.


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