Thursday, December 29, 2016

Turboadacious: 1989 Lotus Esprit SE

The Lotus Esprit (es-spree) enjoyed a remarkably long life with only minor changes in its 28 year lifespan.  Somehow, the little UK based car builder managed to produce over 10,000 examples from 1976-2004  Find this 1989 Lotus Esprit SE here on eBay bidding for $8,100 with 3 days to go, located in Orlando, FL.

 The Lotus Esprit looks the part of supercar in any generation, but the Peter Stevens redesign (1987-1993) is my favorite, because it maintains some of the crispness of the earlier design and doesn't quite become a study in scoops that is the 1994-2004 Julian Thompson redesign.

Behind the driver's seat is a 2.2 liter Lotus type 910 inline-4, turbocharged and intercooled, good for 264 horsepower and  261 ft-lbs of torque.  Zero to 60 is obliterated in 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 159 mph is impressive for 1989.

 See another car with duct tape on the bumper?


  1. I don't know what kind of headaches these things cause on a daily basis but they're hellaciously fun to drive. The boost comes on so hard then things happen very quickly.

  2. I had a friend who owned an Esprit.

    He absolutely loved it.

    When it worked.

    -Stan (who loves the body and the suspension, but would want to replace pretty much anything else mechanical...)

  3. Must-Gut-Interior!
    Fixed Sparco seats and make some Porsche RS style door panels.
    I have never driven one of these but I bet the engine feels a lot like a 944 turbo.

  4. Replaced timing belt. Doesn't run. I'd wanna know that belt was put on correctly.


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