1977 Lotus Esprit ‘007 Submarine’ Heading to RM Auctions

1977 Lotus Esprit ‘007 Submarine’ Heading to RM Auctions
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As if a standard Lotus Esprit crossing the auction block isn’t rare enough, this one is a definite one-of-a-kind after starring in the James Bond 007 flick The Spy Who Loved Me. Continue Reading...

Ten Paris Motor Show Reveals Worth Remembering

Ten Paris Motor Show Reveals Worth Remembering
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It’s the time of year when automakers go on a wonderful vacation to Paris and show off the latest and greatest vehicles. The Paris Motor show is here, and there are quite a few vehicles that are slated to be revealed this year. Since the show comes around every-other year, some automakers use it as a… Continue Reading...

Lotus Selling Axed CEO Dany Bahar’s Custom Esprit V8

Lotus Selling Axed CEO Dany Bahar’s Custom Esprit V8
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Clearly, Lotus wants to rid itself of anything that has to do with former-CEO Dany Bahar. The British automaker is now selling Bahar’s custom 2002 Esprit V8. Continue Reading...

Lotus Named Featured Brand at 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed

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Lotus Named Featured Brand at 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed
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Every year an automaker is chosen to be celebrated at the Goodwood Festival of Speed with an artistic installation directly in front of the historic Goodwood house in West Sussex, England, and a host of classic and shiny new cars on display. For 2012 it will be the iconic English brand Lotus. This acknowledgement comes at important time in… Continue Reading...

Lotus Esprit Will Be Hybrid, Performance Models Gas Only

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Lotus Esprit Will Be Hybrid, Performance Models Gas Only
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Lotus has plans to release their new next-generation Esprit at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and more details were recently released on their next sports car. The base model Esprit will be a hybrid, sporting a 100-hp electric motor and a naturally aspirated V8 engine. Other variants of the Lotus will be more race inspired,… Continue Reading...

Lotus Reveals Bespoke Engine On Facebook

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Lotus Reveals Bespoke Engine On Facebook
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After decades of borrowing powertrains from Ford, Renault, Toyota and other OEMs, Lotus has revealed some of the first pictures of a working engine, designed and built in-house. From the photo released on Facebook, the engine appears to be a DOHC V8 with a racy looking intake plenum and airbox setup, similar to an Italian… Continue Reading...

Lotus Esprit Could Get a Dual-Clutch Transmission

Lotus Esprit Could Get a Dual-Clutch Transmission
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Lotus recently announced its intention to build an in-house V8 engine for its upcoming line of exotic sports cars. Making as much as 570-hp from a displacement of just 4.8-liters the sophisticated powerplant may be joined by an equally high-tech automatic transmission. Back in January of last year it was revealed that Lotus was working… Continue Reading...

Lotus Esprit Delayed; Will Get In-House V8, Shocking Price Tag

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Lotus Esprit Delayed; Will Get In-House V8, Shocking Price Tag
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The new Esprit will make it to market, but not as early as Lotus had hoped. Speaking at the launch of the new Evora S model in San Jose, Lotus Cars USA PR boss Kevin Smith confirmed that due to a decision by Lotus to produce its own engine for the car, it won’t make… Continue Reading...

Lotus Rejected By British Government In Quest For Funding, New Esprit May Be Built Outside UK

Lotus Rejected By British Government In Quest For Funding, New Esprit May Be Built Outside UK
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Lotus may build their next generation Esprit sports car outside of the United Kingdom after its request for a $50 million loan to build a new factory was rejected by an investment arm of the British government. The loan was intended for a new factory in the Norfolk area of Britain, which would employ 1200… Continue Reading...

Lotus Looking For Government Backing For Its Future

Lotus Looking For Government Backing For Its Future
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Last year, some American car companies looked to their government for financial help to keep them afloat and use the money to develop new products. Some of them have actually used the money properly and produced some decent new models. Over in the U.K., Lotus is looking at the British government to help out in… Continue Reading...

Lotus: New Era, New Cars, New Photos

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Lotus: New Era, New Cars, New Photos
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The Lotus story continues to intrigue with plans to deliver five all new cars over the next five years. After debuting all five concepts at the Paris Auto Show, Lotus then brought its traveling road show to the LA Auto Show. Now the storied British brand is keeping the hype alive by releasing a selection… Continue Reading...

Lotus May Develop In-House V8 Engine for Esprit

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Lotus May Develop In-House V8 Engine for Esprit
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While the upcoming Lotus Esprit has been announced using a supercharged version of the Lexus IS-F’s 5.0-liter V8, that may all change when the new high-powered exotic comes to market in 2012. Lotus CEO Dany Bahar, in an interview with AutoCar, commented that the storied British sports car maker is now examining the possibility of… Continue Reading...

Lotus Confirms Esprit Only New Model in Development

Lotus Confirms Esprit Only New Model in Development
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While Lotus created a lot of buzz at the Paris Auto Show by unveiling an entirely new lineup of sports cars, only one is actually in the development stage. According to AutoCar, just one of the five vehicles (the Esprit) has any serious engineering behind it. That may cast some doubt on the sincerity of… Continue Reading...

The New Era of Lotus Exposed

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The New Era of Lotus Exposed
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Yesterday Lotus Cars began what the storied British automaker is calling a “New Era” launching an entire lineup of vehicles at one auto show. A total of five new models graced the Lotus stand, including the new Esprit, a second-generation Elise, the flagship Elite and even a 4-door model called Eterne. Details were scarce, but… Continue Reading...

Lotus Esprit Heralds The Future Of Lotus Cars [Paris 2010]

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Lotus Esprit Heralds The Future Of Lotus Cars [Paris 2010]
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Lotus unveiled an entirely new product range today, with 5 new cars that mark a complete 180 for the brand. The most significant product for the company will be their Esprit flagship, which will set the tone for future cars as they prepare to do battle with Italy’s best. With a 5.0L V8 displacing 620… Continue Reading...

Lotus to Debut Modern Seven, Turbocharged Esprit and Two Hybrids at Paris Auto Show

Lotus to Debut Modern Seven, Turbocharged Esprit and Two Hybrids at Paris Auto Show
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Lotus is certainly getting the reaction they wanted in the lead-up to the Paris Auto Show, with rumors continuing to swirl. In fact, it’s quite possible the Lotus display will be the biggest news out of the major automotive event. According to a report by AutoWeek, the British sports car maker will debut a modern… Continue Reading...

Report: Lotus Esprit To Debut At Paris Auto Show, Use Lexus IS-F V8 And LFA V10

Report: Lotus Esprit To Debut At Paris Auto Show, Use Lexus IS-F V8 And LFA V10
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Lotus will leverage their partnership with Toyota be equipping a variant of their new, flagship Esprit with the hand-crafted V10 used in the Lexus LFA. This exclusive version would have some stiff competition from the “base” Esprit – said to be powered by the 5.0L V8 from the Lexus IS-F. Lotus cars in the past… Continue Reading...

Lotus Esprit Teased Again for Paris Auto Show Debut, And There’s More?

Lotus Esprit Teased Again for Paris Auto Show Debut, And There’s More?
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With 73 days until Lotus unveils it’s “New Era” at the Paris Auto Show, the British sports car maker has once again teased us with a possible successor to the iconic Esprit. In a press release that looks back at the year 1975, Lotus recalls the movie Jaws, the birth of David Beckham and…. the… Continue Reading...

Lotus to Unveil Four New Concepts at Paris Auto Show

Lotus to Unveil Four New Concepts at Paris Auto Show
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Details of what exactly the “New Era” for Lotus will entail have begun to slip out with reports that the automaker will show-off four new concept cars at the Paris Auto Show this Fall. According to some reports the vehicles will include a successor to the Esprit, two new front-engined GT cars and a new… Continue Reading...

Malaise-Era Supercars: As Fast As You Remember?

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Malaise-Era Supercars: As Fast As You Remember?
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Remember how fast we thought the Lamborghini Countach, BMW M1, and Porsche 928 GTS were? Remember hanging posters on our walls, idolizing the wedge-shaped awesomeness and iconic styling of the DeTomaso Pantera or the Ferrari 308? How can we forget? After all, every time we see a Countach out in the wild, we drop what… Continue Reading...
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