New model to fill gap between Evora and Evija

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Lotus is putting the finishing touches on its battery-electric Evija hypercar, and will then launch the final models based on the bonded and riveted aluminum platform underpinning its current lineup before switching to a new platform capable of supporting hybrid and electric powertrains.

An early test mule for one of the final models has been spotted. The car was originally due this year but delays mean it will now arrive in 2021, likely as a 2022 model.

2022 Lotus Esprit spiritual successor test mule spy shots – Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

It will be a supercar in the same vein as the Esprit, and it will help to fill the wide performance gap between the Evora and Evija. It isn’t expected to use the Esprit name, however.

The test mule wears a makeshift Evora body but we can see that the wheel arches front and rear have been extended significantly, pointing to a widened track.

2022 Lotus Esprit spiritual successor test mule spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

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