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post #21 of 29 (permalink) Old 09-30-2010, 01:19 PM
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The new direction of Lotus styling just made the current Elise and Exige a classic IMO. These new cars are stylish and trendy but in the long run will be like comparing a Dino with a 328 or 348.
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If it's trendy, then went it's out of style in 7 to 10 years, Lotus hopes you'll by a new one.

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These new cars are stylish and trendy but in the long run will be like comparing a Dino with a 328 or 348.
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the Esprit looks a tad less aggressive than the Elan in a few areas.- no lower side scoop?

I'm sure compared in person the size difference between the models will help differentiate the appearances between models even more.

I don't have a problem with all the siblings resembling each other, since all the other marquee's do the same. (I still can't tell the dif between the Aston Martin's).
I believe auto companies prefer the fact that people can more easily recognize their brand, rather than try to design their cars to look completely different.

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I can't but notice the similarities to some of Toyota's design themes (and wheels for that matter). To me, the back-end of the Elise reminds me of the MR2 and the Espirit looks like an LFA knock-off.
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the Esprit looks a tad less aggressive than the Elan in a few areas.- no lower side scoop? .......
I agree; it needs some more aggressive details. Then I might give it a
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thanks designer for pulling the comparisons together.

as a designer/art director i applaud the family appearance. really like the evolution of some of the lines on the current models into the shark- or cat-like lines of the newer models. the bringing back to life previous models names is such respect to the predecessors, and is a heart warming gesture that "a new management team" often overlooks. all-in-all Lotus has done a spectacular job this past year.

i'm now saving for a new Esprit, vs looking for a V8 (though nothin wrong with them)

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designer, thanks for the side-by-sides.. juxtaposing them, they all share a similar styling, but they are indeed quite different.. Those who say they are all "exactly" the same lack any sense of detail. Some of the differences are not even subtle... I don't get those people.

Anyway, after seeing these screenshots, the styling is growing on me, even for the Elise.

I particularly love the clear roof on the Esprit... As well as the rear air ducts on the Elan.
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From the front...
Elan, Awake
Esprit, getting sleepy
Elise. Almost completely asleep

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