This or an NSX

Discussion in '2002 Lotus Esprit V8' started by TimN88, Aug 10, 2002.

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    He's trying to point out that this car is in the same price range, plus it's way better!<!-- Signature -->
     
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    The Esprit deserves the nod. Class, style, status of full exotic. Not an exotic wanna-be, AKA NSX. Your grandmother can drive the NSX fast. It takes a real driver to manage the mighty Lotus.
     
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    "hehe" dont have a clue to what they talkin about...the esprit design came around long before the lamborghini diablo, even the countache (of course the murcielago), back when lambo was makin trucks in the 70's. ignorance speaks too often.
     
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    Im sorry there bud, Lotus made this design SO SO SO SO long ago, they were the creators, a NSX over this? its too bad i already made my decision and got me one of these, hot shit man, and u can work on this car with w/e ya want! so yea, get this then add some more money into it and will kill any car.
     
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    I feel i am qualified to comment on this. Ive driven an NSX and was taken out in a friend's lotus esprit Sport 350 (the track ready version). The NSX was alot of fun to drive, its steering was perfectly weighted, it wasnt even power asisted. It was light, responsive and fun. The car had a Tubi exhaust (about $1500) so it sounded nice. It just had no power. It wsant that slow, but it just didnt have and torque. The Lotus on the other hand is freaking amazing. This model, since it was a sport 350, had a carbon fiber wing, magnesium wheels, AP racing brakes, and was lightened. It even had carbon fiber trim in the interior, which looked nice. Let me tell you that the gas pedal is like the detonator for a bomb. When you push it the car rockets. When my friend floored it i was pushed into the back of the seat so hard. I looked at the speedo expecting it to say about 45, it said 80.
    Both cars are dated, but the lotus's design is from the 70's. It really is starting to show its age, but its still an impressive car to say the least. The NSX has honda reliability, which is a plus, but it lacks the passion that the lotus has (if you want passion go with a FERRARI <IMG SRC="http://www.supercars.net/servlets/cMsg/html/emoticons/smile.gif"> ) Honda has racing heritage, only it doenst go that far back. Also the lotus isnt that unreliable. GM, who took ownership of lotus in the early 90's (i think), did a good job of making them reliable. Unfortunately they put in that ugly gm parts bin airbag steering wheel. Also how often do you see a lotus on the road? For me it was twice in my life. I see NSX's all the time, along with ferraris, porsche turbos, corvettes, even Z8's are borng now. Suprisingly i dont see too many vipers (a few times a month)
    Racer V- Also, getting 900hp out of them is not a good idea. The lotus i was in is getting some work to put it at 450hp, its also getting a 6spd tranny. There are currently no aftermarket halfshafts for these cars. Those are the weak link. They cant take much more than 500hp. Im sure theres racing halfshafts for them though.
    If anyone has any questions or wants pics, let me know. I'll post a few pics now. sorry for the long post, i just feel that im knowledgeable in the area. If anyone is in the NY area and wants to checl these cars out let me know.
     
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    The first two are of the NSX. (Damn, who's nice Audi is that behind the NSX? <IMG SRC="http://www.supercars.net/servlets/cMsg/html/emoticons/smile.gif"> its mine.

    The third is of the Lotus Esprit Sport 350
    The fourth is of the NSX, Lotus, and a Testarossa. all cars are owned by the same guy (hes the man)
     
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    Here are some more Lotus pics for everyone who loves the Esprit!
    The first is of the Lotus interior. Thats an aftermarket steering wheel, the stock one is a GM airbag steering wheel, its hideous. These interiors are really nice, they got updated in 98 i think.

    The second is of the front of the lotus.
    The third is of the Sport 350 carbon fiber wing.
    The last is of the rear of the Lotus
    If you want to see more let me know.
     
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    I think it was either MT, C&D or R&T that did handling tests. According to them the Ferrari 360 Modena beat out the Porsche 911 and, well, every other car in the competition.

    Personally I would take the NSX over this, I just prefer the NSX. Honda started making it when they were doing good in Formula One with McLaren, and I have heard or read such things as "Handles good, but it's no NSX." Whatever. The Lotus is still amazing, no doubt.<!-- Signature -->
     
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    I would go for the NSX Type R
     
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    <!-- QUOTE --><center><hr width="90%"></center><blockquote><i>Quote from TimN88</i>
    <b>Here are some more Lotus pics for everyone who loves the Esprit!
    The first is of the Lotus interior. Thats an aftermarket steering wheel, the stock one is a GM airbag steering wheel, its hideous. These interiors are really nice, they got updated in 98 i think.

    The second is of the front of the lotus.
    The third is of the Sport 350 carbon fiber wing.
    The last is of the rear of the Lotus
    If you want to see more let me know.</b></blockquote><center><hr width="90%"></center><!-- END QUOTE -->

    Pity the spoiler isn't black. A DAMN nice car nonetheless!!!<!-- Signature -->
     
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    This is a joke right?<!-- Signature -->
     
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    he could paint it, or maybe he wanted it that way? hmm. I wonder-what is the natural color of aluminum?<!-- Signature -->
     
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    I consider timn88 lucky to be able to take a ride in both of those cars. And the story sounds very believable. I whould prefer tne NSX though. preticularly the Hondas NSX type S or R. They run twelves in a 1/4, there are videos all over the internet. the trick is that they are not available in the U.S. I do not think that the the lotus handles better either. The NSX is known to be one the best handling cars in the world and thats with the pathetic rims and tires that it has. Plus the NSX has the reliability and I think it looks way better. if u have enought money for either of the cars, I don't think 10 grand makes much difference. You can also get an NSX thats a year or two old (must be 99 model or over as they have slightly bigger engines and a carbon graphite reinforced engine blocks)and with the money you save u can add twin turbo to that, and then u can say hello to 11 sec 1/4 miles easily.
     
  14. #39 TimN88, Aug 10, 2002
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    <!-- QUOTE --><center><hr width="90%"></center><blockquote><i>Quote from tiger005</i>
    <b>he could paint it, or maybe he wanted it that way? hmm. I wonder-what is the natural color of aluminum?</b></blockquote><center><hr width="90%"></center><!-- END QUOTE -->
    Its made out of carbon fiber, i couldnt see why he would want to paint it. I have some more pics of it from a mini "gumball" rally type thing a few weeks ago. I wasnt riding in it, i was in the much slower '82 Ferrari 308 GTSi in the pics, heres the link. btw, these arent my pics. http://community.webshots.com/album/41694784tRGJDx

    yes, mig26, it is believeable because it happened. I am not some rich stuck up kid, (if you could consider an 18 yr old a kid), i just meet people who share a passion for cars who happen to have nice ones in their garages.
    Also, where did the imgages i posted before go???
     
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    Do you know how hard it is too sell a used NSX, it's pretty hard, the price drops dramaticly, the Esprit isn't as hard to sell, you sell it for how much you want. I would take the Esprit, over the NSX, it's got more value too it, it's nicer, one thing is that the NSX has a better transmission.
     
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    Um, NSX resale value is pretty high, I'm not sure where you're getting your figures from.



    Well, I love Lotus, but I'd definitely take the NSX for the Handling, reliability, and sheer driving pleasure....and also because I'm determined to own one by the time I'm 50. (along with a Lotus 340R, and a Subaru Impreza WRX STI)
     
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    This will be a hella good race between both these cars. I've been a fan of Espirit a long time since NFS2 it was the shizz. Anyway Lotus has achieved a lot more then Honda i can tell you that. I wanna see honda or Acura put out a car thats a small v8 with 350hp that can beat an Elise GT1. He** Motha F*ckin no. When driving in both cars consider the people outside who look at you. When driving an NSX all asian heads will be turned. When drivin a lotus then the whole street is turned staring you down daydreamin and wishin it was them.


    P.S. The SE Version of the Espirit is around 100,000 g's so they are pretty much the same. And if you are thinkin of buyin a lotus but cannot afford the SE or the 8 stick with the 4cyl they kick ass too trust me peace.

     
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    NSX's loose there value too fast, and plus yeah... the lotus is better in everyway.
     
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    Honda or Lotus? Gee tough decision! Esprit.
     
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    esprit all the way....
     

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    This or an NSX


    iŽve been drivinŽ a 911 turbo when the esprit came out a few years ago, i took it for a test drive and believe me they are not worlds, but universes apart. the 911 kept lookin like a joke in comparison. i never drove a nsx though, but iŽd never believe it really could outhandle any lotus. record holder at the nurburgring is the caterham (mainly original replika of the lotus s7)!
     
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    i'd go for the lotus
     
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    Its not hard to sell an NSX, you just wont get as much as you paid for it. you can pick up a 91 for under $30k. the later 3.2L ones from 96 are about $50 i think. The guy i know picked up his esprit sport 350 for about 60k because the seller was in need of $. btw, i will have to get another ride in his car once he instals the race ECU's, intercooler (yes, they are NON intercooled which robs soo much power!) and 6 speed tranny.

    mods- where did my pics go?
     
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    Me too,NSx is niice car but this Lotus is just much sweeter.
     
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