2002 Lotus Esprit V8
In 2002, the Lotus Esprit reaches a milestone in its illustrious history. Unveiled in 1972 as a styling concept at the Turin Motorshow, the Esprit entered production in the mid 1970s and today is accepted as being one of the world’s finest supercars. To celebrate 30 years of this performance car, Lotus has given the Esprit a facelift.
The redesigned rear panel and light cluster, which features round rear lights set in pairs, carry over some of the Elise design elements. The front of the Esprit has inherited the lip spoiler from the legendary Sport 350 ensuring greater stability at very high speeds.
Many subtle changes can also be seen in the interior too. The new high backed seats featuring an embossed Lotus logo are available in two tone leather and are a no cost option. A distinct aluminium theme features throughout the interior providing an elegant, technological, lightweight finish to the gear lever, handbrake sleeve, inner door panel and new inner door sill which also features the Lotus logo.
For many, the Esprit is a car of both memories and dreams. From being James Bond’s versatile high performance transport in the 1970s and 1980s to maintaining the crown of Britain’s great supercar, the Esprit is really in an unstoppable class of its own.
|submitted by||Richard Owen|
|price $||$71 000 USD|
|valvetrain||DOHC 4 Valves / Cyl|
|displacement||3500 cc / 213.6 in³|
|bore||83 mm / 3.27 in|
|stroke||81 mm / 3.19 in|
|power||261.0 kw / 350 bhp @ 6500 rpm|
|specific output||100.0 bhp per litre|
|bhp/weight||bhp per tonne|
|torque||399.97 nm / 295.0 ft lbs @ 4250 rpm|
|body / frame||Composite Fibre|
|front brakes||AP Racing Vented & Cross Drilled Discs w/ABS & 4-Pot Calipers|
|f brake size||x 320 mm / x 12.6 in|
|rear brakes||AP Racing Vented & Cross Drilled Discs w/ABS & 4-Pot Calipers|
|r brake size||x 320 mm / x 12.6 in|
|gear ratios||3.36:1, 2.06:1, 1.38:1, 1.04:1, 0.82:1, :1|