Lotus Esprit V8 alternatives
Latest model: Lotus Esprit V8 2002
The Lotus Esprit V8 used Lotus' self designed type 918 3. 5 L twin turbo motor, in front of the same Renault transmission as before. Derek Bell designed an uprated gearbox that overcomes a lot of the gearbox problems with a much thicker single piece input shaft Performance was up to 355 bhp (265 Kw), however the capability of the 918 motor was limited by the fragility of the Renault transmission. Zero to sixty miles per hour came in under 5 seconds. Some examples of the motor are noted however to suffer from a leaking cylinder liner problem.
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Alongside V8 models was manufactured the GT3, a turbocharged 4 cylinder vehicle with a 2. 0L chargecooled, turbocharged motor as used in Italian sphere vehicles previously.
In 1998 the V8 range was split into SE and GT specifications, both vehicles with a much changed dashboard customization, both product alike performance with the SE being the more premium of the two.
The ultimate incarnation of the Esprit came in 1999 with the Sport 350. Only 50 were made, every product 350 horsepower (as per the name) and different chassis and braking enhancments. By this time the Esprit could reach 60 mph (100 km/h) in well under 5 seconds, and weighed 1300 kg (2866 lb) as a result of their hand laid fibreglass bodies.