It looks like an Evora, but it's not.
For the first time in recent memory, Lotus has genuinely new products on the horizon. The UK automaker is about to begin production of the Evija, a limited-edition electric hypercar with 2,000 horsepower. This will be the company's first all-new model in over 12 years and it will be followed by an all-new hybrid sports car to replace the Lotus Evora. We still aren't sure what this new Lotus model will be called but we are holding out hope that the Esprit name will finally make its return.
Lotus teased an Esprit Concept more than 10 years ago and thus far, nothing has materialized. But today we have our first spy shots of what is believed to be a test mule for the new Esprit. After more than a decade of rumors, this is big news for Lotus.
Pictured here is a test mule sitting underneath a widened Evora body. This is common practice during the early stages of testing, so don't let the Evora body fool you. We expect the Esprit to ride on an all-new platform rather than the decade-old underpinnings of the Evora but no confirmation has been given yet from Lotus.
As for what will power the Esprit, that is a bit of a mystery as well. The current Evora uses a Toyota-sourced V6 with a supercharger. Lotus is rumored to continue its partnership with Toyota, using a new V6 engine with hybridization. Lotus parent company Geely could also provide its own engine, possibly the twin-charged four-cylinder used in many Volvo models.
We still have no idea if this new sports car will revive the Esprit name but we doubt it will end up looking like the concept from 2010. Instead, we expect this new car to draw inspiration from the Evija, albeit at a much lower price point. The car is expected to arrive as a pure two-seater sometime in 2021.