Next Lotus Esprit could be Lexus V10 powered

August 31st, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Lotus is ready to go big at the 2010 Paris Motor Show on next month.  The English automaker is set to reveal its new Esprit, the new Seven and two hybrid vehicles built on the modular chassis concept the automaker showed off in Geneva earlier this year.

The company is pushing on with its five-year plan to completely update its model range and with sales of the Evora strong it’s now all about the new models. While little is known about the replacement for the Seven the new Esprit has attracted much attention and speculation.

In terms of powertrains Lotus’ relationship with Toyota will come into play once more and could see Lexus-sourced engines fitted to the new Esprit. Apparently a choice of three Esprits will be available, including a 300hp version using Toyota’s direct injected V6, a 417hp model that would use the Lexus IS F’s 5.0-litre V8 and for the top range Esprit, a V10 500hp motor lifted from the Lexus LF-A supercar.

The partnership between Lotus and Toyota could also mean more eco-friendly motoring for Lotus fans. The English automaker has repeated said that lightweight platforms and fuel-efficient drivetrains are a top priority. With that in mind, an “Eco Esprit” could be available with a reworked version of Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive.

The Evora will provide the basis for the next Esprit, and considering the quick turnaround for the Evora to shift from concept to production, Lotus has the ability to bring the new Esprit to market rapidly. If the Evora keeps selling well, then the new Esprit could be tearing up European roads by 2012, but it’s not going to come cheap.

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