The Lotus community think as long as Mike Kimberly is running Group Lotus, the Esprit will be built in The UK. He actually pushed the production date back to 2009 because the car didn't have enough "Lotus DNA". Speculation is mid-engine, Aston V8 power and a price point somewhere around $140,000 (US dollars).
Before the Esprit replacement, look for a front-engined 2+2 with a 350-400HP V6 (probably Toyota power) to compete with the 911???!!! News is some time late 2008 with a price point around $85,000 (again US dollars).
Mark "Feff" Pfeffer