During the development of the Excel, Toyota was one of the major shareholders in Lotus. It therefore influenced the car greatly. Although Toyota gave up its holdings in Lotus following the purchase of the brand by General Motors, the Excel will forever remain a part of automotive history.
The Excel sported a design that, at the time, was quite modern and innovative. Perhaps it doesn’t feel that way today, however vehicle changed a lot since the car’s launch.
The car was powered by a 2.2-litre Lotus 912 l4 engine, capable of producing around 160 bhp upon introduction.
Although many of the elements found on the original Excel launched in 1982 remained a part of the car throughout its production run, many changes were introduced to the car over time.
It remained in production for ten years before it was finally discontinued in 1992. The car was quite popular with customers, with many praising its great appearance and good performance.
Today, 415 Excel’s are still registered in the UK with as many as 240 no longer in use.
The vehicle definitely wasn’t the greatest Lotus ever produced, however it was still a fantastic car that the brand’s customers enjoyed.
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