Lotus is in the process of replacing the Esprit with a new Esprit, which gained world fame for its roles starring in two James Bond films. Internally known by the code name MSC, the new Esprit sprit is now expected to revealed in autumn 2008 for the 2009 model year.
Improvised test mules have been around for quite some time, but now, the first complete prototype has hit the roads, which gives evidence that all crucial design features of the vehicle, such as the principal structural design and manufacturing technology, packaging and drivetrain supplier have all been decided.
Lotus announced today that it plans to introduce three new cars in the next few years. Right now, the Lotus range consists of the Elise, Exige, and Europa S. Obviously, one of the three new cars is going to be the eagerly-awaited new Esprit, whose timetable has been pushed back a bit as Lotus is still working out several details (doh!). It planned to be shown to the public sometime in December 2009, we hope.