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  Lotus Esprit V8
1996 - 2003
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Specs
Metric   Imperial
 
General
Class Supercar
Body 2 Door 2 Seat
Coupe
Layout Mid Engine
Rear Drive
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Number Built 1517 
Engine
Type Conventional
Details Twin Turbo V8
Capacity
214 in3 
Max Power
350 bhp @6250rpm 
Max Torque
295 lb/ft @4300rpm 
Power to Weight
265 bhp/ton 
Torque to Weight
223 lbft/ton 
Specific Output 100 bhp/litre 
Compression 8.0:1 
Bore x Stroke
3.19 X 3.27 in 
Fuel Cons
20 mpg 
Emissions 366 g/Km Co2 
Performance
Top Speed
175 mph 
0 - 30 mph
1.8 sec 
0 - 60 mph
4.5 sec 
0 - 100 mph
10.5 sec 
0 - 124 mph
16.5 sec 
0 - 186 mph
 
30 - 70 mph
4.1 sec 
Standing qtr Mile
12.8sec @110mph 
60 - 0 mph
 
0 - 100 - 0 mph
 
Ring Lap Time  
Lateral Accn 0.90 g 
Drag Cd  
Dimensions
Length
172.0 in 
Width
74.1 in 
Height
45.3 in 
Weight
2960 lbs 
Wheels (F/R) 8.5 X 17
10 X 18 
Tyres (F/R) 235/40 ZR17
285/35 ZR18 
Fuel Capacity
22 gal 
Pricing (2017)
New Price £n/a
Used Price £15000 - £45000
 
Profile

After speculation that had been around since the mid 80's, 1996 was the year that saw the Esprit finally gain the V8 it had deserved for so long.

The V8 finally arrived due to new tighter emissions laws from the USA (that the 4 cylinder turbos would not have passed) and pushed the 20 year old Esprit to a new level of performance. 175mph and 0-100mph in 10.5sec was a big improvement over the 4 cylinder turbo and put the V8 on a par with its rival the Ferrari F355 and Porsche 996. There were few exterior changes made to the already stunning design, save for even larger wheels and, of course, the V8 badge!

The GT arrived in 1998, offering all the performance of the V8 but without certain interior goodies like leather seats and air con (at a saving of 10,000). 2002 saw another mild restyle (esp. round rear lights) to keep the Esprit fresh into the 21st century.


Ratings
 
Overall Rating Money No Object Bargain Rating BHP/ (x1000)
68% 66% 6% 12
Ranks 483 of 788 Ranks 523 of 788 Ranks 225 of 788 Ranks 142 of 788

Rivals
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Honda NSX

(1991 - 2005)


Ferrari F355

(1994 - 1999)


Porsche 911 Turbo 4 (993)

(1995 - 1998)
 


Venturi Atlantique 300

(1996 - 2000)


TVR Cerbera

(1996 - 2004)


Porsche 911 Carrera (996)

(1997 - 2005)
 


Chevrolet Corvette C5

(1997 - 2004)


TVR Tuscan

(2000 - 2005)

Variants
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Esprit V8

(350 bhp)


Esprit Sport 350

(350 bhp)

Lineage
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Turbo Esprit

(1980 - 1987)
  

Esprit S4

(1993 - 1996)
  

Esprit V8

(1996 - 2003)

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