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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferrer
    I'm not saying they are worthy products. Perhaps the best Lotus could do is scrap all their current four cylinder range and redesign it into something actually appealing to someone other than handling freaks.
    I love a car that handles well. I prefer a car that evokes passion, and handles well. A car that simply hadles well just doesn't cut it. The classics speak to me, the newer cars almost disgust me.

    I think that they should just replace the full range. Sadly, that will never happen. When I look at modern British cars, I have to look to kit-cars to find something that is technically impressive, cost-effective, and inspiring.

    The times have changed


    Oh, and by the way, I love a good V8. I just don't love a V8 Lotus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Tiv
    Oh, and by the way, I love a good V8. I just don't love a V8 Lotus.
    If they did it right, I wouldn't mind a V-8. However, add another 4 cylinder car and it gets a bit unclear. They should differentiate it a bit, hence the V-8. The spy pics look promising though.

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    According to http://www.topspeed.com/cars/car-new...t-ar26807.html

    The car will be released in 2009.

    The new Esprit will use a 4.8 liter V8 with 367hp, provided by BMW. The top speed of this future top model will be around 180mph (or 290 km/h). The price will be around the 140,000$.

    The Esprit will use advanced materials like aluminium and carbon fibre to provide a total mass of around 1200kg.


    According to http://www.leftlanenews.com/2007/02/...-lotus-esprit/

    The carwill be released in 2010.

    It has been officially confirmed by Lotus that the new Esprit will not only become available as a coupe, but, for the first time, as a convertible/roadster, too.

    Pricing is expected around $130,000 — undercutting the Ferrari F430 and Lamborghini Gallardo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lightweight
    According to http://www.topspeed.com/cars/car-new...t-ar26807.html

    The car will be released in 2009.

    The new Esprit will use a 4.8 liter V8 with 367hp, provided by BMW. The top speed of this future top model will be around 180mph (or 290 km/h). The price will be around the 140,000$.

    The Esprit will use advanced materials like aluminium and carbon fibre to provide a total mass of around 1200kg.


    According to http://www.leftlanenews.com/2007/02/...-lotus-esprit/

    The carwill be released in 2010.

    It has been officially confirmed by Lotus that the new Esprit will not only become available as a coupe, but, for the first time, as a convertible/roadster, too.

    Pricing is expected around $130,000 — undercutting the Ferrari F430 and Lamborghini Gallardo.
    That pic looks like the bastard love-child of a Gallardo and a Noble M15. I'd love it if they could go for some old school style pop-up headlights, just to give it something a bit different to the multitude of other performance coupes out there. But that ain't going to happen sadly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lightweight
    According to http://www.topspeed.com/cars/car-new...t-ar26807.html

    The car will be released in 2009.

    The new Esprit will use a 4.8 liter V8 with 367hp, provided by BMW. The top speed of this future top model will be around 180mph (or 290 km/h). The price will be around the 140,000$.

    The Esprit will use advanced materials like aluminium and carbon fibre to provide a total mass of around 1200kg.


    According to http://www.leftlanenews.com/2007/02/...-lotus-esprit/

    The carwill be released in 2010.

    It has been officially confirmed by Lotus that the new Esprit will not only become available as a coupe, but, for the first time, as a convertible/roadster, too.

    Pricing is expected around $130,000 — undercutting the Ferrari F430 and Lamborghini Gallardo.
    If those estimates turn out to be true they make a Porsche 911 look like a bargain and a Maserati Gransport like a very enticing proposition.
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    LS7 FTW!!! [/slicks]
    but seriously, BMW v8 with 367 horses? Or LS7 with 500 horses? I don't know how the masses compare but seeing as the LS7 is relatively light and compact engine (for a v8) that would be an interesting car to drive.

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    The LS7 wouldn't sell well in Europe due to fuel consumption.

    And it doesn't fit well with the Lotus brand image.

    But it's a great engine
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    The BMW V8 is hardly frugal, an LS7 is economic for an engine of its size...
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    I'd rather see it with a RST or PowerTec 3 litre V8 if that the engine type they want - much lighter and more suited to the image
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack_Bauer
    I'd love it if they could go for some old school style pop-up headlights,
    Not possible because of the new EU pedestrian safety regs.
    Pop-ups are gone forever
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matra et Alpine
    Not possible because of the new EU pedestrian safety regs.
    Pop-ups are gone forever
    That's sad. With the pedestrian regulations the EU has ruined most of the new cars styling...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matra et Alpine
    Not possible because of the new EU pedestrian safety regs.
    Pop-ups are gone forever
    what about sliding covers like the xj220? same styling as pop-ups when shut, but no aerodynamic/safety compromises
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    Quote Originally Posted by clutch-monkey
    what about sliding covers like the xj220? same styling as pop-ups when shut, but no aerodynamic/safety compromises
    The problem is anything sticking up fails the pedestrian requirements.
    Openings and pop-downs are OK afaik BUT are a pain to keep clean and screw the aero as much as pop-ups
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    Are pedestrians in the EU really stupid or something? Or do EU drivers not get the whole stopping at pedestrian crossings idea?
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