0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline mondi

  • Resident Bogan
  • Moderator

  • Joined: Jul 2008

  • Location:
  • Drives:

Photos of a Lotus mule dressed in Exige clothing have surfaced. The car's appearance has sparked new rumours about what exactly it could be. Some believe the mule is being used to test a new powertrain for the upcoming Esprit. Reports have said the new Esprit will be powered either by a BMW or a Toyota-sourced V8. The Evora's 3.5-litre V6 from Toyota has also been touted as a possibility. The Esprit would appear on the streets by 2011.

Another body of thought refutes these claims saying the mule's engine body is too small to accommodate a V8 block. This school of sentiment reckons it's actually a prototype for the new Elise/ Exige models. The Elise Series 2 has been in production since 2002 while its Exige Series 2 sibling began production life in 2004. Both are powered by a 1.8-litre Toyota engine with model-dependant power figures.

More details will be forthcoming as the car gathers test kilometres and wears its real skin.


Offline ACP

  • Lives in a Metro Tangerine

  • Joined: Jun 2008

  • Drives: McLaren
  • Location: Sydney
Lotus has to substitute the Toyota 2ZZGE engine (Euro 4) for a newer one prior to 1st January 2011.

The table claims that light commercial vehicles (<1,305 kg) have to comply with Euro 5 standards from September 2009 on. New vehicles already in production get a prolongation until 2011 at the latest.

So I reckon it must be the new Elise/Exige. Would be too small for the Esprit and they would probably use the Evora platform and of course if it was the supercharged Evora then I guessing they'd use the Evora for that too.  :eek:

Offline cjay

  • Joined: Jan 2008

  • Location:
  • Drives:
my vote is for the new elise/exige, the new esprit will be larger  :cool:

Offline AshSimmonds

  • Geekitecht

  • Joined: Feb 2006

  • Drives: GF's shitbox :(
  • Location: Adelayed
  • Name: Humble Narrator
  • www: AshSimmonds.com
As for what it could be - I don't see why they'd use the Elise/Exige chassis for any "new" mule testing, if you read about the Evora's chassis you'll see it's the way forward for a lot of new cars to come.

All the random Lotus/bogan chat moved here:

Related Topics

  Subject / Started by Replies Last post
21 Replies
Last post Tue, 08 Sep, 2009 - 22:14
by PA
426 Replies
Last post Sat, 09 Aug, 2014 - 14:23
by Aircon
4 Replies
Last post Fri, 05 Dec, 2008 - 00:17
by Rat Boy
5 Replies
Last post Tue, 24 May, 2011 - 19:33
by bbb
Elise or Esprit?

Started by Esprit SE « 1 2 3 4 » Lotus

33 Replies
Last post Mon, 14 Nov, 2011 - 22:14
by eck

Latest Discussions

[ Racing ] 2017 Formula 1 Season Condor Man Today at 06:28
[ McLaren ] McLaren 720S Condor Man Today at 06:18
[ Cars ] Now who is a VERY HAPPY Lad :) B2 Yesterday at 21:10
[ Off Topic ] Aussie Politics B2 Yesterday at 21:08
[ Ferrari ] Sandro Terzini and the Ferrari 250PF Fil-Ski Yesterday at 14:31
[ Cars ] Spotted thread JPG Yesterday at 09:58
[ Ferrari ] 488 GTB Aircon Yesterday at 08:23