Thursday, December 30, 2010
2010 Top 5 concept cars: Lotus Esprit
The Lotus marquee has been in the doldrums for the best part of the last 20 years.
While it continues to be the standard bearer for lightweight sports cars, the Elise and its derivatives are track day specials by most drivers.
The five Lotus concept cars shown at the Paris Motor Show is the company’s best hope for survival and the Esprit was the most beautiful of them all.
The elegant proportions, aggressive lines and altogether modern look interpret the Lotus ideals very well.
While purists will say that the Esprit is not immediately identifiable as a Lotus, it is a matter of time before the gorgeous and coherent new design language becomes the identity of Hethel.