We haven't heard much about the Lotus Esprit lately but it looks like the company hasn't completely given up on the model.

We haven't heard much about the Lotus Esprit lately but it looks like the company hasn't completely given up on the model.

Speaking to Motoring, Lotus' brand manager of Australia and New Zealand said "A lot of people who grew up idolizing that car are now capable of purchasing such vehicles. There's a very strong affiliation in people's minds and because of that I think that would be a very strong case for something like Esprit to come back."

Alastair Manihera went on to say the company hasn't committed to building the car but "DRB-Hicom see[s] a very long-term future approach, otherwise they wouldn’t be making the investment we're looking at. As to what that investment entails, I can't talk about [that] at this stage."

Lotus has remained quiet about the Esprit but previous reports have indicated development work was almost complete before it was halted. The company had even teased the car's V8 engine which was expected to produce at least 470 HP (425 kW).

It remains unclear if the company would finish the development of the engine but Manihera said "It was supposed to be a modular [engine] platform so you could break it down to six or four cylinders theoretically speaking, but again the factory is evaluating various options, on existing and future lines."