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Lotus Esprit Turbo

Lotus Esprit Turbo

The Esprit remains one of the longest production run supercars ever. Launched in 1980, it is still being made in the 21st century, albeit in a much revised high-performance machine. Yet it is unique among supercars because it uses just four cylinders, aided by a Garrett T3 intercooled turbo. In typical Lotus fashion the Esprit used a steel backbone chassis into which the engine is mounted longitudinally directly behind the driver. Independent suspension featured throughout with double wishbones at the front and a twin transverse link at the rear. The engine was all-alloy with 16 valves and a special overboost facility to harness a full 300bhp (224kW) in short bursts. In 1996 the four-cylinder 134ci (2.2-lire) S4 was replaced by a V8 version to satisfy stringent American emissions regulations, later supplemented with a 240bhp (179kW), 122ci (2-liter) Esprit GT3.

Lotus Esprit Turbo Specifications

Top speed:162 mph (259 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):4.7 sec
Engine type:In-line four
Displacement:133 ci (2,174 cc)
Transmission:5-speed manual
Max power:264 bhp (197 kW) @ 6,500 rpm
Max torque:264 lb ft (357 Nm) @ 3,900 rpm
Weight:2,649 lb (1,204 kg)
Economy:21 mpg (7.5 km/I)
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