Britains Great Supercar
In 2002, the Lotus Esprit reaches a milestone in its illustrious history. Unveiled in 1972 as a styling concept at the Turin Motorshow, the Esprit entered production in the mid 1970s and today it is accepted as being one of the worlds finest supercars.
To celebrate 30 years of this performance car, Lotus has given
the Esprit a facelift as Russell Carr, Chief of Design at Lotus explains:
"The Lotus Esprit is an iconic design, a classic blend of traditional supercar razor sharp edges combined with design elements that have evolved over three decades. Therefore we decided not to change the car dramatically for 2002 as this would be changing the true spirit of the Esprit, a classic supercar."The redesigned rear panel and light cluster, which features round rear lights set in pairs, carry over some of the new Elise design elements. The front of the Esprit has inherited the lip spoiler from the legendary Sport 350 ensuring greater stability at very high speeds.
Many subtle changes can also be seen in the interior too. The new high backed seats featuring an embossed Lotus logo are available in two tone leather and are a no cost option. A distinct aluminium theme features throughout the interior providing an elegant, technological, lightweight finish to the gear lever, handbrake sleeve, inner door panel and new inner door sill which also features the Lotus logo.
The new "crystal titanium" finish multi spoke OZ Racing alloy wheels hide powerful 4-pot calipers with an advanced Kelsey Hayes ABS system. Large 320mm diameter AP Racing two piece brake discs are vented and cross-drilled, front and rear, for maximum cooling and heat dissipation when the car is subjected to sustained heavy braking. The race specification calipers, pads and discs ensure that the Esprit stops as well as it goes.
The Esprit V8 is powered by the Lotus designed 3.5 litre twin turbocharged V8 engine producing 350 hp at 6,500 rpm with racing versions currently producing over 550 hp with very few changes from the standard road engine! The product of thoughtful design, the engine is efficient, compact and lightweight (weighing less than 220kg complete with all ancillaries). A wide torque band with peak of 400 Nm (295 ft.lb.) at 4,250 rpm assures an incredibly smooth power delivery and an effortless but rapid acceleration in all five gears.
For many, the Esprit is a car of both memories and dreams, From being James Bonds versatile high performance transport in the 1970s and 1980s to maintaining the crown of Britains great supercar, the Esprit is really in a class of its own.
The 2002 Lotus Esprit is on sale from the beginning of December 2001 priced at £49,995 RRP in the UK and E69,890 (before tax) in mainland Europe.
3.5 litre twin-turbo V8
|Power:||260 Kw (350hp) @ 6500 rpm||Unladen weight:||1380 kg|
|Torque:||400 Nm (295 ft.lb.) @ 4250 rpm||Wheels:||New multi spoke single-piece alloy wheels by OZ with unique logo|
|Compression Ratio:||8.8:1||Brake System:||
Hayes '430' three-channel ABS controller with tandem master cylinder
and vacum servo assistance
|Cooling System:||Dual front-mounted oil coolers||Exhaust:||
Starter and main 3-way catalysts per bank, feeding into both ends of single transverse-mounted muffler, with one outlet each side
215mm dia. pull-actuated AP Racing twin plate, hydraulically operated
5-speed manual transaxle
OZ Paint Codes for the Lotus Esprit Nova Wheels
The painting is from AKZO nobel and the code is::
• 7E85305 for painting silver
• 6880302 for black first painting
• 5K20023 for transparent