The Lotus Esprit was a sports car built by Lotus from 1976 to 2004. The Silver Italdesign concept that eventually became the Esprit was unveiled at the Turin motor show in 1972, and was a development of a stretched Lotus Europa chassis. It is held to be among the first of designer Giorgetto Giugiaro’s “folded paper” designs. Originally, the name Kiwi was proposed, but in keeping with the E naming format of Lotus tradition, the name was changed to Esprit.
In 1980 the first factory turbocharged Lotus, the Essex Esprit was built, and these special editions were superseded by a production turbo car. The new turbocharged engine was known as the 910 type, and produced 210 horsepower, with an impressive 200 lb ft. of torque. 0-60 mph could be achieved in the low 5 second range, with a top speed of over 150 mph.
Performance improvements were coupled to a revamping and strengthening of the rear suspension, where an upper link was added to alleviate strain on the halfshafts, along with brake improvements (with the front suspension upgraded again in 1985). Turbo cars are recognized by an aerodynamic body kit with a ducktail spoiler and boxy bumpers, with more and larger ducts all around. A Lotus Esprit was driven by Roger Moore in the James Bond movies The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and For Your Eyes Only (1981).
Stunning Giugiaro 1985 Lotus Turbo Esprit. This vehicle has been maintained regularly and had the Major “C” service performed including cam belt and all drive belts last year. The Windshield was also replaced at the same time. The engine is a Turbocharged 2.2-litre 16-valve twin overhead camshaft unit producing 210hp @ 6,500rpm and 200ft/lbs torque at 4250rpm. Top speed was rated at 140+ mph with a 0-60 in 5.6 seconds. The exterior is finished in silver with all the correct decals. The Interior is done in a classic red leather showing normal signs of wear. Overall this is a great example of a classic mid 80’s Supercar. A great investment value, car runs and drives extremely well.