Performance car enthusiasts have been excited about the upcoming reemergence of the 2014 Lotus Esprit. This will mark the 10 year anniversary since its suspension in 2004. This sports coupe continues Lotus' strong reputation of performance and style while also integrating the latest in automotive technology. It features an incredibly fast engine and plenty of comfort options not found in its sibling Lotus selections. It also introduces the hybrid engine into the world of exotic supercars. Ratings have not yet been released, but it's safe to assume that they'll probably be higher than most other Lotus models, especially on comfort. Enthusiasts can expect to pay $110,000 for one of these cars, a little less than many of its competitors.
The interior of the 2014 Lotus Esprit is designed to provide something uncommon to the brand's line of cars: space. Unlike most other current models, this 2-seat Lotus will feature enough space for tall and heavier drivers within the cab. The comfortable racing seats will feature an enhanced bucket design that focuses on providing extra comfort for the passengers' heads. A modern gauge cluster reveals important information using both LCD displays and traditional dials with a modern look. The steering wheel features a unique trim that enhances both style and comfort. It's also equipped with various control knobs. The company's signature Sport button is also included within the cab. Both the driver and passenger will be kept safe with frontal airbags.
The 2014 Lotus Esprit's exterior will provide the perfect combination of style and aerodynamics that invokes a sense of attitude. Enough curves are included to facilitate a sleek, modern design. But they are kept at a minimum to keep airflow optimized. The diffuser stands out by providing a drastic change in appearance that compliments the rest of the sports car and sports a stylish logo. LED lamps adorn the front and rear of this car, allowing it to remain stylish day and night. And despite its classification as a coupe, the car is nearly as long as a sedan, facilitating a greater level of comfort. The front airflow lips bring its style and speed to new heights. Even the wheels are specially designed to achieve optimal performance and style.
The engine in the 2014 Lotus Esprit is a monster in its class. Drivers will find a supercharged 5.0 liter V8 under the hood. This accelerates the sports coupe from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds. It can also reach a maximum speed of 205 mph. The engine tops out at an incredible 8500 rpms. Gas mileage information is still pending, but it's not likely to achieve the same low results found in other Lotus models. However, reports indicate that an electric motor will also be included standard, making this a hybrid supercar.
A powerful engine like this requires the assistance of a durable transmission, which will become another important part of the Lotus Esprit. An amazing 7-speed transmission is included to provide drivers with complete control over the monster under the hood. The dual-clutch semi-automatic gearbox will also be provided to help maximize performance. If a buyer opts for the hybrid option, a Kinetic Energy Recovery System will also be used.
A sport option is also set to be offered with the Lotus Esprit. If chosen, this option removes all but the most essential components from the sports coupe's construction. The goal of this is to increase performance as much as possible. This may typically include the removal of essential items, possibly including the air conditioning unit and even stereo system (common among other Lotus cars with similar trims). Lighter seats will also be included, which may lower comfort to some degree. The hybrid option is not available in this mode, as it would only add more weight to the car. Such a configuration is typically more suited for performance needs than daily commutes, though it is possible that the sport package will be street-legal.