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New Lotus Esprit - Want that one!

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Muncher, 13 May 2006.

  1. Muncher

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    http://www.lotusespritworld.com/NewEsprit/Car_May06.html

    The industry grapevine suggests Lotus has struck a deal for the Esprit to use BMW's legendary 400bhp 4941cc V8, from the E39 M5 – an engine with response and torque rust so intoxicating that some pine for it even after sampling the latest M5's 500bhp V10. In the BMW, the V8 produced 400bhp. But it's hugely tunable – Ascari has ramped peak power to 500bhp in its KZ1.

    wow :D
     
  2. Jon Frost

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    Youve got to be joking. I love that.

    Are we talking about 40k then? :(

    Jon
     
  3. Firestar_3x

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    Looks like a lambo from the front and some classic american car from the back, oh how i do like it so! :D
     
  4. ElRazur

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    A remixed/reworked version of baby lambo i think. lol. Looks good though, i wonder how much it will cost.
     
  5. Trojan

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    It looks all Lambo if you ask me. Could easily mistake that for a 3rd model in the range.
     
  6. olv

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    i imagine that'll look absolutely stunning in the flesh... i want one :D
     
  7. saitrix

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    Damn thats nice. :D Should shift a bit with that engine!
     
  8. Freefaller

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    Yup... I want it. :cool:
     
  9. JollyGreen

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    Doesn't do it for me for some reason :/
     
  10. olv

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    QUICK, HE'S A WITCH!!!!! burn him!
     
  11. Rich

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    Surely they cant get away with totally ripping off the lambo, which is exactly what they have done?

    It looks great btw ;)
     
  12. Bunka

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    That thing is like automotive porn, pretty face, awesome body, and a great arse to top it off. :cool: :D
     
  13. saitrix

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    On the link if you read right at the bottom it says those pics are not of the written off design. So could be a bit different!
     
  14. Squark

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    yummy

    looks very lambo-esque
     
  15. KevMarks

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    Whats the chances it will look like that by the time it hits the production line...
     
  16. Acolyte

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    Ill take 7 please :cool:
     
  17. SoliD

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    ye ill have one of those please. even if it does copy a lambo, imitation is the sincerist form of flattery.
     
  18. Flibster

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    I'm a massive Lotus fan but that is not a Lotus...

    Bring back Project M250....

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    And for gods sake don't use the BMW engine - develop your own...like the fabulous Twin Turbo V8 in the Esprit

    Simon/~Flibster
     
  19. NathanE

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    Lotus is a pretty small company. It's cheaper and more reliable to just use third party engines and tune the nuts off them. If Lotus developed their own engine, there's a good chance there'd be serious reliability issues and that'd of course be very bad for their reputation.

    The Esprit is all about power and IMO that BMW engine (with the appropriate Lotus tuning) is perfect. Will be nice and reliable too.

    IMO Lotus is a company that is going to be going places once its got the Europa and Esprit rolling off production lines. If they could score a contract in a few years with the guys who make James Bond again it would really bring the company to the forefront again!
     
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  20. Stellios

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    I take it im the only one that doesnt really like it then. Hopefully itll be nicer in the flesh.