With the original wedge-shaped Esprit - star of the James Bond movie For Your Eyes Only - starting to look long in the tooth, Lotus turned to British design guru Peter Stevens to give the car a freshen up for the 1990s. The result was a rounder and more stylish offering than before, at the expense of added weight. At first, though, it still used the original 2.2-liter turbo engine, which was renowned for poor reliability and high repair costs. The Esprit got the powerplant it needed in 1996, with the introduction of a Lotus-designed 3.5-liter V8. The new engine coincided with a minor facelift, that gave the Esprit meatier wheelarches, a larger rear wing and new door handles. Performance was incredible, but the car was killed off in late 2003 because of stringent new European emissions regulations. The engines of the latest version have the signature of the engine maker etched on a steel plaque.
Lotus Esprit V8 Specifications
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