With new photos of a Lotus prototype rumors have started again of what it could be. With the Esprit given the green light some believe it’s a mule testing the new powertrain for the Esprit. The Esprit is expected to be powered from a Toyota based V8 according to the latest rumors. That still might change since the first rumors were talking about a modified BMW V8 engine.
Others believe that this mule is the first prototype for the new Elise/Exige since there would be no room for a V8 in this small body.
Only time will tell.