Next-Gen Lotus Esprit to use Lexus LFA Engine?


Lexus LFA Engine

Edmunds’ Inside Line is reporting that the next generation Lotus Esprit may be powered by the same V10 engine used in the Lexus LFA:

The next-generation Lotus Esprit supercar, details of which will be announced at the2010 Paris Auto Show next month, could be powered by the 552-horsepower Lexus LFA V10, says a source close to the company.

That would be for the Esprit in its ultimate form — the more mainstream version would be offered with a V8, also likely to be sourced from Lexus. That engine will probably be a version of the 416-hp 5.0-liter engine fitted to the Lexus IS F sedan. When asked to confirm this possibility, a Lotus spokesman said that he “couldn’t comment.”

This isn’t the first time this rumor has been reported, and given that Toyota has been supplying Lotus with engines for over 25 years, this has a very good chance of being true. Should that be the case, it’s good for everyone involved. Lotus gets a supercar powerplant that can compete with the best in the game, and Toyota gets to recoup some of the development cost of limited-edition, high-cost LFA.

Seems like a win all round to me.

[Source: Inside Line]

Comments


  • http://www.facebook.com/RDS.Alphard RDS

    I seriously don’t think Toyota would ONLY produce 500 copy of that perfect engine . I hope they put it into LS-F or maybe GS-F in the future !

  • WorldofLuxury

    To spread out the cost? Very well.

  • FreeSpirit
  • 4tD

    That’s great, I just hope the Esprit won’t be too much faster than the LFA. ;-)

  • jesseps

    I like the sound of that.

  • Travis

    DONT DO IT LEXUS/TOYOTA !

    Keep the LFA engine IN the LFA… dont be a Hoe. I never liked the Idea of sharing… its like your giving up the LFA “experience” when you do this… The LFA wont be as special anymore because people could now go else where to experience what the LFA is like and what good is that?

    Dont do it.

  • FreeSpirit

    @Travis:

    i think that toyota ‘ll soon take proton all of it

    i have a lot of clues in that

    so what’s wrong to have a great european name as LOTUS and start make it a FERRARI / PORSCHE competitor

  • RollaXRS

    @Travis:

    The V10 was made for LFA. Please Lexus do not license it anyone else. It is a masterpiece that needs to remain in the LFA.

  • Tilps

    maybe they use gs-f v10.

  • Travis

    Keep it in the LFA. .

    Lexus you were warned.. I can see it coming now ” why buy the LFA when you can get LFA performance in a Lotus ”

    Dont do it. Leave the LFA how it is… you might as leave a LFA on the side of the street with a tool set and jack -__-