The Lotus Esprit was in production from 1976 until 2004. Code named Project M70, it was developed a successor to the Europa and wore styling by designer Giorgetto Giugiaro. Its design was inspired by the Maserati Boomerang Concept, a car that had been designed by Giugiaro and first shown to the public at the Turin Motor Show in 1971. Its wedge shape with sharp angels would resonate through Giugiaro's future designs for many years, including the Audi Asso di Picche concept, Volkswagen Passat Mk1, Volkswagen Golf Mk1, Medici II show car, Maserati Quattroporte III, Lancia Delta, and the DeLorean.
Peter Stevens redesigned the mid-engine Esprit for 1987, giving it softer edges, improved mechanical specification, and a revamped interior. The design was updated for 1993 by Julian Thomson, resulting in the Series 4 (or S4) and would remain in production through 2004. Exterior changes included revised bumpers, new wheel design, valence panels, side skirts, and a small rear spoiler positioned halfway up the rear deck-lid. In the back were new rectangular taillights that were sourced from the Toyota AE86. The engine delivered the same 264 horsepower as the prior generation. This was the first Esprit to be fitted with power steering.
Mechanical changes occurred in 1995, when the S4 was replaced by the S4 Sport (S4S) and power rose to 300 horsepower. The engine received a new cylinder head, the inlet ports were enlarged, and an updated ECM and Garret AiResearch T3/60 turbocharger were installed. Zero-to-sixty mph was now accomplished in a mere 4.6 seconds and top speed was achieved at 168 mph. Visually, the S4S received a larger wing from the Sport 300, new OZ five-spoke alloy rims and Brembo brakes. by Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2019
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In November of 1972, Lotus introduced the Silver Car concept based on the Europa chassis. The design of the vehicle was courteous of Ital Designs Giorgio Giugiarios. Giugiario, who had led an illustrious career as a stylist beginning at Fiat and later moving on to Bertone, then Ghia. He began his own business, Ital Design in 1968. The idea behind the concept came from Tony Rudd, Lotuss Technical.... Continue Reading >>
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Desiring an upmarket car to help secure the Lotus future, the British specialist sports car maker began taking bids for a new model. Tony Rudd, the new technical director drew up plans in 1970 for two new models, a front-engined coupe dubbed M50, and a larger, mid-engined model named M70. The M70 was designed as a replacement for the Europa. Since funds were low, Lotus chose to go instead with the.... Continue Reading >>
The Peter Stevens redesigned Lotus Esprit, unveiled in 1987, was transformed into a genuine supercar contender, with a top speed of over 160 mph. In 1993, Lotus further updated the Esprit with styling by Julian Thompson. In 1995, the S4 was replaced ....[continue reading]
Production of the Lotus Esprit S4 lasted from 1992 to 1996 with a total of 625 examples being built. This particular example is finished in Norfolk Yellow and has a black leather interior with yellow piping. It was delivered new to Newport Beach Moto....[continue reading]
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