The Lotus Esprit was the iconic British supercar for many years. As the long-awaited replacement isn’t expected anytime soon, we take a look at a 2000 Esprit V8 to keep us entertained
It’s almost hard to believe that the Lotus Esprit has been out of production for over ten years. Since the Giugiaro-penned original first made a sensational debut at the Paris motor show in 1975, the Esprit was an instant classic.
Throughout its life, the Esprit had been endowed with a series of four-cylinder naturally aspirated and turbocharged engines – keeping the weight down and power figures honest. In 1996 though, things suddenly got more exotic for the Esprit, with the introduction of Lotus’s all-new twin-turbo V8 engine.
By 2004 when production stopped, the Esprit had gone through numerous facelifts, and multiple engines. While there are a few particularly special editions like the Sport 300, Sport 350 and GT3, all Esprits have something inherently special to offer, and the standard V8 model is one of the nicest all-rounders.
Offered for sale by new and used Lotus specialist Bell & Colvill, this particular Mustard Yellow V8 has been extremely well looked after by its previous owners. There’s a fully-stamped history, with the last five services carried out by the Bell & Colvill too, meaning the sellers should be willing to give a detailed report on the car's mechanical condition.
Being a 2000-year model, it misses out on the late-life facelift, which gave the Esprit round tail lights and a slight refresh. With just 36,000 miles on the clock though, this will be a very nice alternative to the more obvious German and Italian choices. Perhaps more than other more mainstream sports cars, it is vital that you get a tip-top Esprit for full enjoyment. We'd say this is probably a good place to start your journey.
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