Forced induction allowed the Lotus Esprit Turbo to nip at the heels of the finest Italian supercars
Lotus was now touching supercar territory, with a car that beat the psychological milestones of 150mph and 0-60mph in under six seconds. With almost peerless handling they could now be compared with Porsches and Ferraris. The extra 50bhp over the normal 2.2-litre Esprit comes from a Garrett T3 turbocharger, though the whole of the engine was re-engineered to cope. The first 104 were in Essex Petroleum livery (and fetch a £5000 premium). In 1985 the suspension was revised to use more Toyota and fewer Triumph parts. Shortlived HC version for 1987 gets extra 5bhp and 20lb ft of torque.