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by Brett Davis

Remember the five stunning Lotus concept models the company unveiled at the recent Paris motor show? According to European reports, Lotus is only going to put one of them into production; the Lotus Esprit.

It’s been a while since we last saw the Lotus Esprit in production form, with its light-weight mid-engined package. Some of the versions were quite fast and ahead of the competition as well, such as the S4s and the ‘V8’. Both of these variants were considered true supercars ready to rival the likes of Ferrari, Porsche and Lamborghini.

Now Lotus wants another slice of that supercar cake once again. This time, instead of turning up to the battlefield with a 261kW, 3.5-litre twin-turbo V8 – like the previous Lotus Esprit V8 of the Nineties – it will come with a 5.0-litre, 456kW supercharged V8 and a brand-new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

The car is said to tip the scales at 1496kg – fairly heavy for a Lotus – but the power of the revised Lexus IS F V8 engine is sure to be enough to over rule the mass.

Autocar says the car should be able to achieve 250 grams of CO2 per kilometre and do the 0-100km/h sprint in just 3.2 seconds. European prices are expected to hover around the EUR90,000 to EUR140,000 mark.

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