Well, I've never driven something I would classify as an exotic (I own a '91 Stealth R/T TT with many upgrades I'm currently installing myself) but the Esprit V8 would definately be high on my list of desireable cars. There are a few things you seem to be overlooking here, it is a very potent, powerful mid-engined supercar, faster than an F360 (from a standstill, if not in the top-end) for a lot less. There is also the upgradeability. I can tell you from years of experience with turbocharged cars that nothing is as versatile to upgrade and drive. They make tons of power from less displacement, improving fuel economy by quite a bit, and they are SO EASY to make more power with. Making 400hp out of an Esprit V8 Turbo would probably cost me about fifty bucks. All you need to do to make more power is increase boost, add more fuel and remove a ceartain amount of heat from the intake charge. With a relatively mild turbo upgrade, new injectors, intercoolers, water injection, and ECU tuning, that car would make INCREDIBLE power with reasonable safety without ever opening up the engine. On the order of 500hp, while getting the same fuel economy (when driven normally) as it did with 350hp. ON PUMP GAS! Why do you think a Porsche turbo will gain 65hp with a simple chip? Turbo management. People also complain about turbo lag... The Esprit V8 TT has a high compression ratio (for a turbo car) similar to that of the Porsche Turbo so that extreme low-end power suffers minimally (and that's at a point that is never used during driving). Fact, turbos make MUCH more torque MUCH sooner and for a MUCH broader range than a naturally aspirated (or supercharged) car. My car reaches its torque peak of 307ft lbs (stock) at 2500 rpm and holds it flat to 5k. This can also be artificially increased by increasing boost in the high end so that one could make peak torque from 2.5k to 6.5k rpm. Minimizing lag is as easy as adding free-flowing exhaust and insulated turbo headers. Removing catalysts helps A LOT. I'm expecting around 450hp from my Stealth TT and similar longevity to what it had from the factory (it drove strong for 173k miles before I rebuilt the engine and trans). That's from a 3.0L V6. -Chris Wood P.S. I have heard that Lotus has some quality control problems. No idea if this has any truth... They REALLY need to get rid of the popups and change the nose a little on the Esprit V8 TT too. P.P.S. What's this with a 5-speed manual? Is this accurate? It really should have a 6-speed.