So Lotus is going to make a new car in an “upper segment above the Evora”; one that doesn’t compete with anything wearing a ‘911’ badge.

The next place to go, then, is into the world of entry-level mid-engined supercars such as the McLaren 570S and Audi R8.

Even if Lotus won’t say it, we will for them: they’re making a new Esprit. And they’re doing so with the wind in their sails; the Evora has quietly (and quite brilliantly) crept up from a £47,500 car at launch in 2008 to one with a £112,500 price in GT430 guise. It’s a price tag the Evora actually wears rather well, albeit at the limit without encroaching into McLaren territory.

There’s only one thing to do, then, and they’re going to do it. The Esprit is coming back.