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.