Since the first words about the revival of Lotus Espirit came out, there has been a lot of speculations about its details although even if they are going to make it it won’t come sooner than 2012! but nevertheless. The last rumor is a good one! It says that the next Espirit will be a supercar featuring the 500hp V10 engine of the Lexus LF-A.
Of course the first thing that makes you skeptical about this rumor is the fact that LF-A itself is not ready to come out and how can plan on something which doesn’t exist yet! On the bright side, Lotus and Toyota have very good relationship! Best versions of the Elise are powered by Toyota engines. Taking into account that Lotus, no matter how good they are, is still a small car maker and might not survive in a fight with big boys if it goes alone, some backup force from Toyota sounds like a sweet deal for them.
And there will be a war if they decide to put the V10 in it! In this case the Espirit will go head to head with Lamborghini Gallardo and Audi R8 and Ferrari F450. With the V10 as the top of the range model, there can be more affordable versions of the car with the V8 of Lexus IS-F or the 300hp 3.0 liter V6 Toyota engine developed by Lotus.