New Lotus Esprit Study Envisions The Brand’s 2020 Flagship Supercar

Lotus is set to unveil a new flagship model in 2020, which will be positioned above the Evora within the British automaker’s lineup. That car should essentially be a descendant of the iconic Esprit.

Perhaps Lotus will even choose to resurrect this nameplate, although nothing’s been confirmed as of right now. Still, if they do, and if they actually use the Esprit as inspiration, the end result might even end up looking a little something like this.

This render was drawn up by Pol Santos and it represents a modern take on the Esprit, while keeping some of the original car’s design traits alive, such as the aesthetic of the hood, door-mounted side mirrors or the way the rear winglets curve downward on its massive rear spoiler.

Everything else is however considerably different. While the original Esprit had a lot of sharp, angular surfaces to it, this render is a lot more curvy and has a very muscular rear end to go with its massive wheels. Side visibility might not be as good as in the real thing, but the panoramic windshield is definitely big enough to make the cabin feel more airy.

Would Lotus really build such a car in the near future? We’re not sure, especially since the automaker is currently very keen on creating lightweight track-focused sports cars, with its future flagship also said to be extremely light on its feet. Yet, it would be cool to see a genuine Lotus-badged Jaguar F-Type rival, wouldn’t it?


  • Mr. EP9

    Nope. I’d imagine they would make something inspired or at least share some design feature from the Esprit concept.

    • Six_Tymes

      looks like Honda stole some design cues from that concept, or was it the other way around? That said, I do agree with your point

      • Bananarama

        Wait… what Honda looks anything like this??

    • MarkoS

      You said it first, totally agree.

      • Bash


    • Mike anonymous

      I came here to comment the exact same thing about this exact same car (or concept vehicle, technically). This is the Esprit I want to see.

    • Smith

      Hope they have enough sense to ignore the Danny Bahar era and look for anything different. Bad memories.

    • Mike Gonzalez

      that looks dated even for a production car

  • Perry F. Bruns

    I kinda dig this, but it doesn’t exactly scream “Lotus!”

    • Smith

      Exactly, it screams Rimac …

  • Callanish

    It’s well done, but to me, it doesn’t scream Lotus

    • Smith

      Exactly, it screams Rimac or Geely …

  • ErnieB

    I hope they do a great job in designing the Espirit.. if they do I’d be robbing some

  • enthusia

    Not bad at all! its good, but it looks more ferrari than lotus.

  • Mr Hahn

    I wish they produced the concept cars they made ahwile back,they were very nice looking.

  • AnklaX

    I hope they can manage to keep this design in the end. I really dig it.

    • Mark Hawthorne

      It’s a rendering and nothing to do with Lotus. You know that right?

  • steve

    Looks like a Camaro that has mated with a Lamborghini

    • Dude

      I think that’s why I like it.

    • Bo Hanan

      I see Camaro and MacLaren. There’s no Lotus DNA in that design. The concept from a few years back would be good- updated of course.

  • Bash


  • Smith

    WOW. Please stop publishing such terrible renderings as this. This is total garbage and does not maintain the Lotus DNA what so ever. It looks like a reworked image of a Rimac or a really bad Lynk & Co sportscar. This would be an insult to the Lotus brand and is a disgusting knock-off.

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  • Subi-Rubicon1

    I can’t help but to see a new version of “Kit” from the Knight-Rider series, but in red.

  • Whatever they make, Lotus has come up with a new good car, well priced… fast ! Making special version of a 20 old design, or adding 10 hp avery year won’t keep them alive forever.

  • justine bender

    Lotus hasn’t sent info to dealers for 6+ months on the Evora GT430. Over 40+ deposits in the US and losing deposits monthly due to lack of (insert no) communication. Not even a press release. Lotus has no idea what’s going on and have yet to communicate their business to customers, dealers, or the press. No testing information, no spy photos, no specs for the North American marketplace. The GT430 still has yet to pass certifications to be sold in NA. While it’s nice to think about brighter days ahead for such a company, they continue to lose support from those who they will be pestering to pony up deposits for their new ‘line-up’.

  • SteersUright

    Its almost there, but not quite. The front bumper design in particular is too heavy handed.

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