View Full Version : New Esprit to get Toyota V8 or M5 motor..

04-13-2004, 04:13 PM
Interesting. Your link doesn't work btw - this one does: https://www.autocarmagazine.com/news_article.asp?na_id=207749

04-13-2004, 05:18 PM
Rolls Royce

Who won the war again?

04-14-2004, 03:45 AM
Lotus to get M5 V8?


https://www.autocarmagazine.com/news...sp?na_id=207749 (https://www.autocarmagazine.com/news...asp?na_id=207749) (edit..this link doesn't work but post below does! Thx!)
M5's engine could power next Esprit

The next Lotus Esprit is tipped to use one of Autocar’s favourite engines of recent years: BMW’s firecracker V8 from the recently departed M5 saloon (right).

Senior-placed sources have confirmed that Hethel is considering the 4.9-litre lump from the outgoing E39 5-series. Lotus had previously been linked with Toyota, following the deal to supply the Celica engine for the latest Elise 111R.

In BMW’s application, the V8 developed 400bhp and 369lb ft of torque. Lotus is considering a forced induction system to raise outputs further and has proven experience from turbocharging the previous Esprit.

Following the classic supercar formula, the V8 will be mounted longitudinally amidships in the Esprit’s extruded aluminium chassis, driving the rear wheels. The car’s modern, wedgy shape was first revealed in our scoop on 3 February.

The current Esprit ceased production this spring and its successor – tipped to carry a different name – will be launched in 2006. Priced at around £75,000, it will rival supercars such as the Porsche 911 Turbo, Ferrari 360 Modena and Lamborghini Gallardo.


Road and Track had stunning drawings on this months cover..althought they mention Toyota based motors rather than BMW based ..

Only time will tell...but the cover car was stunning..(around 125 grand projected price with Gallardo piercing performance)

[ 04-13-2004: Message edited by: JBsZ06 ]

[ 04-13-2004: Message edited by: JBsZ06 ]</p>