Lotus releases first picture and details of Esprit replacement “Eagle”

Lotus Eagle available Spring 2009

Lotus Eagle available Spring 2009

Project Eagle has landed. Here is the first official picture of the long-awaited replacement for the Lotus Esprit. The car will be unveiled on July 22 at the British Motor Show…the official marketing name to replace the project name “Eagle” will be released at that time.

The car will be powered by a 3.5-liter V6 mounted midships. Since it will be available in two seater and 2+2 forms, Eagle will be the only midengine 2+2 on the market.

Lotus claims the Eagle lapped the Nurburgring faster than the Elise and with much more high-speed stability than the Exige. Performance doesn’t come at the expense of comfort, as the Eagle will offer sat nav, high-end audio and other luxury features.

Eagle will be available to customers starting in Spring of 2009. Production is planned to hover around 2000 units annually.

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One Response to Lotus releases first picture and details of Esprit replacement “Eagle”

  1. ETiTho says:

    To be honest, at first sight I thought this was a picture of the Tesla Roadster. Would be very interessting to know how many technical details the Eagle and the Tesla have in common.
    To me, it’s absolutely no surprise, that the Eagle is faster on the Ring than the Elise, but I’d like to know the laptime.

    ET

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