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New Lotus Esprit in the works?


Rumours are swirling that Lotus may launch an Esprit successor at the 2010 Paris Motor Show

Lotus has issued a press release that hints we'll see the birth of a new Esprit sports coupe, to be unveiled at the upcoming Paris Motor Show.

After mentioning several events that took place in 1975 (the Watergate verdict, the founding of Microsoft, and the birth of David Beckham), the statement goes on to say: "1975 also marked the birth of another British legend when the Lotus Esprit was officially launched at the Paris Motor Show in October." The press release continues "Okay, the earth is still spinning around the sun, but wouldn't you agree that those things happening in 1975 changed the world a bit? Just a little bit?"

"Perhaps a new Esprit," the automaker teases. "Perhaps not. Or perhaps [something] even more?"

Expect the new Esprit to be more luxurious than the last - corporate executives have indicated they'd like to push Lotus upmarket, allowing it to compete against premium supercar brands like Aston Martin and Ferrari.

Lotus is expected to introduce five vehicles at the show. Two of the concepts are expected to be front-engined GTs, while the productions models are rumored to be the Esprit, a roadster, and possibly a supercar.

We'll find out on September 30th...

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