The legendary and ultimate Lotus Esprit will be set into production at the end of 2012 and will be out in the car market on the second half of 2013. The 2014 Lotus Esprit is more than an evolution over its predecessors is actually an evolution, “it’s a redefinition” said Dany Behar, the CEO of Lotus for his vision of the future of the company and how the Esprit will impact that.
This icon, the company insists will redefine ride and handling, performance, comfort and exclusivity. From the outside the 2014 Lotus Esprit is a mid-engine beast with a low body that is sleek and symmetrical. The exterior design and aerodynamics given to the car mirror the performance that the vehicle will be able to achieve once it is on the open road. The Esprit is designed with Lotus’ core values in mind being lightweight, just under 3,200 lbs and done with exceptional engineering and future technology. The design is reminiscent of Ferrari’s 458 and also Lamborghini’s Gallardo, which makes sense as Lotus plans to follow in the recent successes at Aston Martin, Ferrari and Lamborghini and the new Esprit will be part of that turnaround-and-grow path that the company plans to take.
The 2014 Esprit looks amazing but it also has performance to match its good looks, being powered by a 5.0 liter V8 pressure charged engine. The car will be offered in two different ways, a base version with 550 horsepower and a supped up “R-Spec” with a heart-pounding 620. The Esprit amazing performs that when pared with its lightweight design will allow the car to breeze from 0-62 mph in 3.2-3.5 seconds, depending on the model. Also, the top speed is claimed at 205 mph, which really brings another meaning to the phrase “catch me if you can”.
On the inside the car is very driver-focused, with a gauge cluster that is shaped like something out of an XBox controller. The 12-inch cluster features virtual dials that show navigation directions and even a lap timer as well as racetrack maps, when configured. The rest of the interior is quite demure with simple dashboard, freestanding floor console with grab handles and a large red engine-start button. The steering wheel with shift light is racing-inspired for that extra adrenaline when driving, there are also angled switch panels and door panels. The seats are sculpted and modern, mimicking the tailored outside look of the car and there are aluminum accents throughout.
People who are fascinated with cars will not be able to resist this new icon created with great style and power.Expect to have the Esprit in your driveway sometime in the second part of 2013, as production for the car is set to start late this year and assuming that there are no delays. As far as prices are concerned, the base-model has a quote of around £110,000, but with added options or depending on the models expect the prices to be around the $200,000 mark.