James Bond's Lotus Esprit Reborn
Lotus unveiled five new models as concept cars this week at the Paris Auto Show, among them a new version of the classic Esprit. The Esprit was made famous in 1977 when James Bond (Roger Moore) drove it in The Spy Who Loved Me–and it memorably transformed into a submarine. (This was not a standard factory option on the car.) This was the beginning of a long film career for the striking supercar. 007 drove two turbo versions in For Your Eyes Only (though one of them didn't fare so well). As best I can recall, the car's last major role came in 1990's Pretty Woman, when Richard Gere borrowed Jason Alexander's and Julia Roberts told him that it cornered like it was on rails, much to Gere's bewilderment. The classic model (which had had its corners smoothed, but overall changed its design very little since its Bond debut) was discontinued in 2004. But now it is set to return in the 2013 model year!
View more pictures of the new Lotus fleet at Autoweek.