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by Brett Davis

Imagine that. It is just a rumour at this stage, but one insider has reportedly said that the upcoming Lotus Esprit will use the Toyota/Lexus LFA 4.8-litre V10 for its power source.

The new Lotus Esprit is scheduled to be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in October, showing from the 2nd to the 17th. A Lexus source reportedly told Inside Line, the engine (LFA) will be used in the Esprit to help it compete with the likes of Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche. Using this engine would certainly help Lotus step back into the market with a car that truly can compete with the best.

Returning to the days of the previous, twin-turbo V8 Esprit, a V10, in this 400-plus-kilowatt supercar age, would fit in nicely. Sources say there could be a lower-spec variant to come out using the Yamaha-developed Lexus IS F 5.0-litre V8 engine as well, to give the model substance and foundation.

If these engines are offered in the upcoming Lotus Esprit, the car will be an outstanding proposition compared to the rivals. Lotus has always made great handling cars, and express huge enthusiasm for lightness evident by all of its products. The only area Lotus could be lacking in is the power department with most of its range incorporating a mainstream Toyota engine of some sort. This is mainly to keep costs down. With the Esprit though, this is an all-out supercar with fewer boundaries. Fingers crossed, then.




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