2003 Lotus

Esprit Twin Turbo V-8

Solar Yellow Metallic, Black leather interior with Yellow stitching and piping, Black carpeting, Yellow center trim, Clear moonroof panel, 350bhp 3.5L Twin Turbo V8, 5-Speed manual transmission, Factory OZ wheels, 2,000 two-owner miles from new.

In 1996, Lotus launched the Esprit V8. The car received Lotus' own Type 918 V8 engine, which was an all-aluminium 90° DOHC 4 valves per cylinder with a flat-plane crankshaft and twin Garrett AiResearch T25/60 turbochargers but no Chargecooler. The transaxle used was the same Renault unit as earlier Esprits, but upgraded by Lotus racing driver Derek Bell with a much thicker single piece input shaft. Despite having a modified transaxle, the Type 918 engine was detuned from a potential 500 hp in race spec to 350 hp at 6500 rpm and 295 lb⋅ft of torque to prevent gearbox damage. Acceleration from 060 mph was achieved in just 4.4 seconds. After a 28-year production run, less than 11,000 Esprits were produced.

In 2002, the Esprit received another styling update done by future Lotus Design head Russell Carr. Carr previously contributed to the Esprit S4 update in years past, revised the V8 Esprit with cosmetic changes including the same round taillight design as the Lotus Elise S2.

An immaculate and highly original Esprit V8, this was the second to last year of production of the final iteration of the Lotus Esprit. Delivered new to Lotus of Minneapolis and used solely by the owner of the dealership. The Esprit was then sold to its second owner in Long Island, NY with just 900 miles. It has since been carefully used and always stored and maintained correctly regardless of use. This Esprit has recently had a full thorough detail, an A/C recharge and new fuel pumps and filter.

This Esprit V8 is accompanied with all factory books, tools, original window sticker, supplements for Alpine radio and Cobra alarm system. All functions are working as originally intended by the factory when new. This Esprit V8 drives beautifully. It is a true modern classic and a pleasure to use for daily or occasional touring use.

Price: $89,500