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Lotus Esprit Will Be The First of Paris Concepts To Production

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On: Tue, Nov 2, 2010 at 11:44AM | By: Chris Weiss

Lotus Esprit Will Be The First of Paris Concepts To Production

At the Paris Motor Show last month, Lotus provided one of the big highlights of the show when it displayed five new concepts designed to outline its intended plans for the future. Of course, the most exciting one of those debuts was the new Lotus Esprit, a car that is much more powerful than past iterations of the Esprit. Lotus confirmed this week, that the Esprit is the first to-do item on its new agenda.

According to Autocar, Lotus insiders say that the company has focused all its attention squarely on Esprit development. The new Lotus halo car is the only one of Lotus Paris concepts to have undergone a significant amount of engineering. The model is being planned for a 2013 launch.

The new Esprit remains true to the mid-mounted aspect of past Esprits, but ups the game with a 5.0-liter V8 engine borrowed from the Lexus IS F. While that engine is a little smaller than the V10 that was rumored before the show, Lotus still brings plenty of power to the table, tuning the engine up to 620 horses for the top-end R version through the use of pressure charging. The engine is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The car makes it to 62 mph in 3.4 seconds and tops out at 205 mph.

At the Paris launch, CEO Danny Behar described the development behind the new flagship: "One has to be very careful when taking on the challenge of reinventing such an iconic classic as the Esprit — everyone has an opinion. There's a fine balance between acknowledging the greatness of the past whilst at the same time rapidly leaping forward to the future and ensuring that this car not only does the name Esprit justice but also the Lotus brand."

The Esprit looked pretty polished on the floor of Paris and didn't appear to have many rough edges or flamboyant, conceptual aspects. Had you told us that it was a production model as opposed to a concept, we wouldn't have been surprised. That should work in Lotus' favor as it shifts toward development.

The new Lotus models will help the company more than double its annual production from around 2,700 cars to 6,000 to 7,000. Other concepts shown in Paris include the Elan 2 + 2, Eterne saloon and the black sheep in the family of high-performance sports cars: the City Car concept. You can read more about the Esprit and other Paris debuts in our original show coverage.

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