The New Lotus Esprit Aims Straight at Ferrari

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Lotus is trying hard to make it’s way back into the super car market. And CEO Dany Bahar is now getting a little cocky (and we like cocky) with his struggling companies future product. With Murcielago-beating good looks and big new Lotus power, he may very well have good reason.

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Bahar told a recent press conference audience that its upcoming flagship will offer a more “authentic” driving experience than the targeted Ferrari 458 Italia and McLaren MP4-12C. Those are fighting words, directed at very lofty rivals. Furthermore, according to Bahar, any injection of KERS-style (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) technology in the new Esprit will be to add to the driving experience, not detract from it.

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In other engine-related news, the in-house V8 is rumored to be both lighter and smaller than the reportedly dropped Toyota 5.0-liter (currently found under the hood of the Lexus IS-F). The new eight should debut with a power rating of about 570 horsepower. That’s potent, and it’s necessary to be a genuine contender in this segment. As a reminder, when the last Esprit ended production in early 2004 its twin-turbo 3.5-liter V8 was rated at “only” 350 horsepower.

Info from AutoBlog.

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One Response to “The New Lotus Esprit Aims Straight at Ferrari”

  1. gaycarboys Says:

    I’ve just had the IS-f for a week and having even more power in a slicker body is almost unimaginable. Should be fabulous if past Lotus’s are anything to go by

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