This dry spell is about to come to an end, with Lotus set to reveal its Espirit-successor - the Lotus Eagle - at next month’s British Motor Show on July 22.
Like the current Elise and Exige line-up which feature the 1.8L VVTL-i engine, Lotus has also looked to its Japanese companion to power the Eagle which is set to boast a Toyota-sourced powerplant.
Specifically, a modified version of the 200kW 3.5-litre V6 engine from the Toyota Aurion will be used to power the new Eagle in both naturally-aspirated and supercharged variants.
The Eagle is set to replace the Espirit as the flagship of the Lotus range which ended production in 2004.
The new mid-engined 2+2 coupe will utilise Lotus' trademark lightweight aluminium space frame technology, no doubt keeping the overall weight hovering about the 1,000kg mark.