Lotus Esprit

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After the Lotus Esprit went off the production line in 2004, it is making another comeback in 2008.

The Lotus Esprit is another one of Lotus' very famous sports car line. First unveiled in 1972, it was an improvement of the Lotus Europa chassis. The signature Lotus-trademark lightweight super sports cars has since then been watched out for as rival of other brands such as Ferrari and Porsche.

While it had an earlier unveiling in 1972, the Lotus Esprit S1 was launched only in 1976. Its fiberglass body was equipped with a derivative of the 900 4-cylinder engine. Owing to its then-futuristic design, the car gained celebrity status when it appeared in the James Bond film, "The Spy Who Loved Me" in 1977. Since then, the Esprits have become the sports cars to watch out for. The car was also featured in other films such as in For Your Eyes Only, the 1990 film Pretty Woman and in Basic Instinct.

To address the issue of power and speed, the Lotus Esprit S2 was introduced as a working development of the original Esprit. Changes have been made, such as the inclusion of intake and cooling duct "ears" behind the rear quarter window, front spoiler and Rover taillights. It also features 14" Speedline alloy wheels exclusively made for Lotus.

Over the years, the Lotus Esprit metamorphosed into better, lighter, faster and high-performing models. Right now, the Lotus Company is well on its way to look for replacement of the Elise, or better yet, a new and better version of the Elise. But it is guaranteed to be made available to the buying market around 2008, and will be used to match BMW V8 in such cases. Right now, the Lotus Esprit is in the development stage for the next release in 2008. It is said to be a strong contender for the Ferrari and the Lamborghini.