Lotus Esprit V8
The Lotus name has been synonymous with excellence for over five decades with constant innovation in engineering, bettering its own standards with each model. The Lotus Esprit V8 has similarly undergone a metamorphosis right from its inception in 1976. The car was designed by Guigaro, later Stevens, Thomson and in 2004 by Russel Carr. The fact that this model has been exclusively modified with a special edition as a mark of respect to the late King of Racing ‘Sienna’ in 2012, speaks volumes about this car. It comes with his signature’ obrigado por todo’ or thank you for everything. User rating for the car is an excellent one with 8.7 for performance, 8.3 for styling and 8.2 for the interiors.The retail price was fixed at $93,225 in 2007. A total of 10675 Esprits have been produced till its production stopped in 2004. Again the Lotus Esprit has resurfaced with a new model slotted for release in 2013.
The V8 engine size is 3.5L with double camshaft, 8 cylinders and 32 valves.The torque produced is 295 lbs/ft at 4250 rpm and a power output of 350 hp at 6500 rpm. The drivetrain is a rear wheel drive with 5 speed manual transmission. The double wishbone front suspension and independent wheel suspension gives the car superb stability and grip without showing any laxity even at high speed. It zips at an unbelievable 175 mph, accelerating from 0-60 in 4.8, and 0-100 in just 4.9 secs. Road reviews rate this coupe as exclusive, sharp steering and a jet speed acceleration.
The interior of the coupe is refreshingly different with leather bucket seats and adjustable headrests. Analog instruments behind the leather wrapped power steering indicate vital parameters. The console in the center, dashboard and doors have leather trims with upholstery matching the exterior. A lot of storage space have been thoughtfully provided along with the central console and door pockets. Alpine sound system with 6 speakers, AM/FM and a stereo CD player offers pure entertainment. Safety features include ABS and an anti theft alarm. Air-conditioning and cruise control have been added for convenience. Logos are imprinted in the interiors extensively, on the seats and on the passenger airbags.
This car is built on long sleek lines with a rear spoiler. Highly stylised air vents all around the car give it a plush look. Conventional lens with concealed halogen headlights are fixed on to the front. Bumpers and mirror holders are all in the same body color instead of the usual chrome fittings. A manual steel sunroof gives it a sporty look. Other standard features include front fog lights, tinted glass and luxury trim. Cool colors like metallic hues of blue, chrome orange, black, silver and inferno or glossy red, black and yellow are available.Twin exhaust pipes in the middle, with an infiller panel around it, is an eye catching feature. Ventilated disc brakes on the alloy wheels feature electronic braking distribution and stop the car in micro seconds. The James Bond car of the seventies was given only a few cosmetic changes like the rear round, paired lights and the front pout leaving the spirit of the Esprit intact.