🏎️ Lotus Esprit
📍 United Kingdom
🛠️ 4-cylinder 2.0 16V 157HP
💶 No longer on sale
What is it?
Produced over a period of 28 years (1976 to 2004), the Lotus Esprit is a small coupe that appeared in several films. The marketing of this car was in fact entrusted to appearances in well-known films: we can mention two chapters of the James Bond saga (“The Spy Who Loved Me” and “For Your Eyes Only”) as well as two cults of the 90s such as Basic Instinct and Pretty Woman.
The Esprit was produced in numerous variants, which however have approximately the same dimensions of 4,2 x 1,8 meters and approximately the same mass of just 1200kg. The car is so light because its body is made of fiberglass, and, besides that, the Esprit is also very well engineered at the aerodynamic level. The combination of aerodynamic lightness has in fact always defined the cars produced by Lotus.
The original version, the S1, has four disc brakes, rear-wheel drive, 5-speed manual gearbox and a 4-cylinder engine. Based on the S1 was born the S2, which improved some defects of the predecessor, including poor rear visibility and ventilation. More and more powerful versions were born later, up to the 1997 Esprit V8, which has a power of 350HP. Outside of this latest version, all the others equip four-cylinder engines.
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