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1980 - 1987
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Specs
Metric   Imperial
 
General
Class Supercar
Body 2 Door 2 Seat
Coupe
Layout Mid Engine
Rear Drive
Transmission 5 Speed Manual
Number Built 3200 
Engine
Type Conventional
Details Turbo 4 cyl
Capacity
133 in3 
Max Power
210 bhp @6250rpm 
Max Torque
200 lb/ft @4500rpm 
Power to Weight
186 bhp/ton 
Torque to Weight
177 lbft/ton 
Specific Output 97 bhp/litre 
Compression 7.5:1 
Bore x Stroke
3.75 X 3.00 in 
Fuel Cons
 
Emissions  
Performance
Top Speed
150 mph 
0 - 30 mph
2.1 sec 
0 - 60 mph
5.6 sec 
0 - 100 mph
15.3 sec 
0 - 124 mph
 
0 - 186 mph
 
30 - 70 mph
 
Standing qtr Mile
14.4sec @95mph 
60 - 0 mph
 
0 - 100 - 0 mph
 
Ring Lap Time  
Lateral Accn 0.89 g 
Drag Cd 0.36 
Dimensions
Length
165.0 in 
Width
73.2 in 
Height
43.7 in 
Weight
2531 lbs 
Wheels (F/R) 7 X 15
8 X 15 
Tyres (F/R) 195/60 VR15
235/60 VR15 
Fuel Capacity
19 gal 
Pricing (2017)
New Price £n/a
Used Price £10000 - £20000
 
Profile

Lotus gained true entry into the supercar league with the amazing Turbo Esprit of 1980. The first cars were liveried in the colours of Essex Petroleum, Lotus's racing sponsor at the time, featuring a full leather interior and complex roof mounted stereo - pushing the price to a hefty 21,000! The Turbo's popularity steadily grew due to reduction in price and a 'starring role' in the 1981 Bond movie 'For Your Eyes Only'.

The car adopted a more aggressive stance with the addition of flared sills, engine bay extraction slats and a rear lip spoiler over and above the normally aspirated model. Handling and cornering were exceptional thanks to an improved chassis (designed with a V8 in mind!).

The HC model of 1987 offered a slight increase in performance and was the last of the Giugiaro originals before the Peter Stevens redesign.


Ratings
 
Overall Rating Money No Object Bargain Rating BHP/ (x1000)
68% 64% 12% 14
Ranks 469 of 788 Ranks 552 of 788 Ranks 105 of 788 Ranks 110 of 788

Rivals
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Ferrari 308

(1975 - 1985)


Porsche 911 Turbo (930)

(1975 - 1989)


Ferrari 328

(1985 - 1989)
 


Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2

(1984 - 1989)


Porsche 944 Turbo

(1986 - 1991)


TVR 450 SEAC

(1986 - 1993)
 

Variants
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Lineage
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Turbo Esprit

(1980 - 1987)
  

Esprit S4

(1993 - 1996)
  

Esprit V8

(1996 - 2003)

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