The car that we are going to look at today is the Lotus Esprit. Introduced by the British brand in 1976, the vehicle remained in production until 2004 and spanned over five generations.
Lotus has been around since 1952 so by the time 1970’s were in full swing, the brand was already quite well-established in the industry.
In 1975, the brand debuted its latest car, the Lotus Esprit, at the Paris Auto Show. It had a 2.0-liter type 907 l4 engine and was capable of reaching a top speed of 133 mph (214 km/h). It wasn’t until 1977 that the vehicle gained fame through its appearance in the The Spy Who Loved Me, the latest James Bond film at the time. The car remained in production until 1979 when it was replaced with the second generation Esprit, the Esprit S2.
Although the S2 still featured the distinctive appearance of the S1, it received a number of upgrades. The car sported new tail tights from the Rover SD1 and an integrated front spoiler. The interior also received a number of changes, with the dashboard sporting a different style of switches. Although the car originally came with a 2.0-litre type 907 l4 engine, in 1980 the S2.2 was introduced with an enlarged 2.2-litre type 912 l4 engine. The vehicle remained in production until 1981 before the Esprit S3 was introduced.
The Esprit S3 remained true to its roots for the most part, however the car received a couple of upgrades, which made it look a little more modern. The vehicle became more powerful and its engine has improved. It remained in production for seven years however in 1987 it was replaced by the fourth generation.
The vehicle was redesigned in 1987 by Peter Stevens, the man responsible for the design of the McLaren F1. For the first time since it was introduced, the Esprit received a major redesign. Although it looked much more modern, the car still retained its distinctive styling. Featured in numerous films throughout the 1980’s and early 1990’s, the car was once again in the spotlight. It remained in production until 1993, when the fifth, and last, generation was introduced.
Julian Thompson gave the vehicle its final redesign in 1993. The fifth generation remained in production for 11 years before it was officially discontinued.
Although the Esprit was scheduled to go back into production, with a new concept for it appearing at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, the plans were eventually cancelled.
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