Automotive fans around the world have missed the Lotus Esprit since it stopped production a few years ago. If you are among them, then weep no more – the Esprit is coming back, and it looks like it’ll be as a 2009 model, so you don’t have to wait too long.
The specs aren’t hard yet, but here’s what it looks like. BMW will provide the engine, a 4.8 liter V8 that will make somewhere north of 400 HP. Knowing the history of the Esprit, I would expect twin turbochargers to assist with the power production here. No word on US pricing yet, but in the UK the 2009 Esprit will be about 70,000 pounds sterling – which translates directly to $140,000 or so here. However, cars are more expensive in the UK, so expect a price drastically less than that.
Either way, I can’t wait to see the uncovered Esprit, and I can’t wait till it’s back in the states. Lotus doesn’t have a lot of models, and they always make sure the ones that they do produce are fantastic. I expect no less from the 09 Esprit.