Feature Flick: Peek at Lotus’ New V-8 and Upcoming Esprit

As we eagerly await the arrival of the upcoming Lotus Esprit, the British automaker has released a teaser video that discusses the progress of its V-8 engine. The video features Lotus CEO Dany Bahar and an engine developer, whose long hair and loose-hanging jewelry gets uncomfortably close to some moving engine parts. The clip is purely a tease, as no engine specs or power outputs are provided. It’s been a year since we first learned and reported on the next-gen Lotus Esprit. It was rumored to receive a revised Lexus LS V-8 engine, but the news didn’t go over too well with many enthusiasts and Lotus loyalists alike. Lotus has since decided that it would be too costly to modify the Lexus mill, and established this new engineering program. “To take a decision to design your own engine is big decision,” Bahar says in the video. “It’s a brave decision and we’ve taken that decision.” Source: Lotus, YouTube

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As we eagerly await the arrival of the upcoming Lotus Esprit, the British automaker has released a teaser video that discusses the progress of its V-8 engine. The video features Lotus CEO Dany Bahar and an engine developer, whose long hair and loose-hanging jewelry gets uncomfortably close to some moving engine parts. The clip is purely a tease, as no engine specs or power outputs are provided. It’s been a year since we first learned and reported on the next-gen Lotus Esprit. It was rumored to receive a revised Lexus LS V-8 engine, but the news didn’t go over too well with many enthusiasts and Lotus loyalists alike. Lotus has since decided that it would be too costly to modify the Lexus mill, and established this new engineering program. “To take a decision to design your own engine is big decision,” Bahar says in the video. “It’s a brave decision and we’ve taken that decision.” Source: Lotus, YouTube

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JeanClaudeVonSpam
Gallardo Front, Hyundai Veloster back. Truly uninspiring design.
JeanClaudeVonSpam
This is the end of Lotus and the philosophy of Colin Chapman. Officially gone are the light, small outstanding handling cars that were unique to this company. Toyota engines gave them reliability. Now, it's just another overpowered, heavy sports car company with cars indistinguishable from half a dozen other established brands, relying on electronics to handle the car. Bad business decision, absolutely wrong timing for this in the world economy. I give them 5 years. Meanwhile, I'm looking for a nice used Exige from the real Lotus.
Chris
Maaaan.... That looks like a Gallardo Front.... Back is quirky but it may work. Would love to see Esprit prop some serious powerplant...

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