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The Lotus Esprit concept is a beautiful car, indeed. Since it rolled out at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, Lotus is wasting no time to get it to production form. According to the report from Autocar, the Lotus Esprit is the only one out of the five concepts that is actually undergoing engineering work for mass production. An insider have told Autocar that the Lotus company is currently focusing on the development of the new Esprit, which is set to launch in 2013.
The Lotus Esprit is powered by a supercharged 5.0-litre Lexus V8, which produces 550 horsepower in the standard version and 620 horsepower in the R version. The new Lotus Esprit will be equipped with a seven-speed paddle-shift transmission and a KERS system.
Although its curb weight at 3,289 is no by no means light when compared to other Lotus’s cars, it is still very fast with the use of the powerful Lexus V8 engine. Lotus claims that the new Esprit can sprint from 0-62 mph in about 3.3 seconds on average. And as for CO2 emissions, it emits just 250 g/km, and that is a very low carbon footprint for the sports car class.
Lotus intends to have the pricing of the Lotus Esprit from £80,000 ($128,000 USD) to £120,000 ($192,000) range, which is a significant price jump of about £40,000 ($64,000.) The Lotus Esprit is part of Lotus’s plan to boost sales from less than 3,000 units per year to about 7,000 units per year, and whether Lotus can accomplish this goal depends if the production Lotus Esprit models worth the intended pricing range and if the economy picks up by then. We’ll have to see when it comes out in 2013.