Lotus Esprit successor may use Lexus power

Lotus Esprit successor may use Lexus power

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Lotus has very interesting times ahead as the company pushes on with its five-year plan to update its entire model range, including successors to the Elise and Esprit. Lotus has already debuted its new Evora, but rather than sitting still with this car, work on the new Elise and Esprit is already progressing at the company’s UK headquarters.

While the future Elise may be seen as early as 2011, of more interest is the flagship Esprit successor, which recent reports state could come with an optional V10 engine sourced from Lexus. While this is unconfirmed at this stage, Lotus CEO Mike Kimberley has revealed that the new car is being developed with “a very well respected prestige carmaker.”

Most people thought that BMW would supply one of its V8 engines for the new Esprit but Lotus’ close ties with Toyota, from which it already sources engines, could see advanced Lexus motors being used. The 500hp (373kW) V10 engine, which is set to debut in the Lexus LF-A supercar next year, would be a fit for the range-topping model. Other potential powerplants could be the IS-F’s 420hp (312kW) V8 and a 300hp (225kW) version of the 3.5L Toyota V6 from the Evora.

To keep costs down and speed up its development, the new Esprit will likely share its chassis with the aluminum unit underpinning the Evora. Rising development costs and changing requirements, have reportedly pushed back the original 2010 release date to 2012. So stay tuned for more updates on the new Esprit.

Lotus Evora eagle f

Lotus has very interesting times ahead as the company pushes on with its five-year plan to update its entire model range, including successors to the Elise and Esprit. Lotus has already debuted its new Evora, but rather than sitting still with this car, work on the new Elise and Esprit is already progressing at the company’s UK headquarters.

While the future Elise may be seen as early as 2011, of more interest is the flagship Esprit successor, which recent reports state could come with an optional V10 engine sourced from Lexus. While this is unconfirmed at this stage, Lotus CEO Mike Kimberley has revealed that the new car is being developed with “a very well respected prestige carmaker.”

Most people thought that BMW would supply one of its V8 engines for the new Esprit but Lotus’ close ties with Toyota, from which it already sources engines, could see advanced Lexus motors being used. The 500hp (373kW) V10 engine, which is set to debut in the Lexus LF-A supercar next year, would be a fit for the range-topping model. Other potential powerplants could be the IS-F’s 420hp (312kW) V8 and a 300hp (225kW) version of the 3.5L Toyota V6 from the Evora.

To keep costs down and speed up its development, the new Esprit will likely share its chassis with the aluminum unit underpinning the Evora. Rising development costs and changing requirements, have reportedly pushed back the original 2010 release date to 2012. So stay tuned for more updates on the new Esprit.

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