its gonna be the same chassis as the evora... just a slightly larger engine which will probably nix the back seats... so I say
100k(probably 120k with dipping dollar and inflation unless the dollar rebounds big time in the next few years)
standard lotus handling
if they can do that they will have my money for sure
Price: Whatever it takes to smoke everything on the track. Anything less than $150 and they're not trying hard enough.
Weight: I set the bar higher. Under 2500. I want all or significant carbon fiber. It would be cocky and worth the $20-30 grand it would take.
Power: HP #'s sell cars. Slap the BMW TTV8 in there and make it worth at least 450.
Top speed: Who cares, as long as it hits 175. There are very diminishing returns over 150. Market it as: "top speed=175, because no one goes faster than that on the track."
The previous Esprit was not really known as a track car. But few F430s or Lambos are tracked either. They are more into "poser" territory. Just too expensive for most anyone to risk. My expectation is that the new Esprit will follow this course.
However it is essential that, in the hands of the car media, this car can outperform a lot of name cars. Porsche. Audi. Nissan. Corvette big time. Top speed does not have to be way up, but today at least 175 seems to be the standard. Racing heritage is a must, so the lightweight stripped model is neccessary. 400 HP should do the job if we can stay under 3250 or so. More is just out of the Lotus image and Colin's principals.
My concern is quality of build. My much loved Elise does in fact resemble a kit car in many ways. The build quality of Evora is critical to its success in the non track market, and will be paramount for the Esprit to even park next to most world class GTs.