Lotus Esprit Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

1981 Lotus Esprit S2.2 2.2

Model year1981
Year of manufacture1981
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.2 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired18000 miles
Most recent distance18250 miles


An affordable exotic


Vacuum leak on the brake booster.

General Comments:

I have never driven a car that handles so well. The styling is magnificent - I love the way it looks. Everywhere I go people look at the car, and many people are surprised that it is over 25 years old!

But the sheer enjoyment of driving it is by far the greatest pleasure. Not only does it handle well, but it handles easily; I can corner at speeds two and three times the limit recommended on the sign with no problems at all.

The seats are a little uncomfortable on long trips, and there is no other adjustment than fore and aft, and there is quite a bit of wind noise over 120 km/h.

All-in-all, I am very pleased that I bought this car; if nothing else than for the fact that it makes me smile every time I open the garage door and see it...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th August, 2007

1977 Lotus Esprit s1 2.0

Model year1977
Year of manufacture1977
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance64000 miles
Previous carLotus ford sedan


`if you have to ask...`


The flange gasket blew out due to a crack in the connecting exhaust manifold (apparently manifold cracks are common in early esprits due to extreme temperature variations) Remedied with a re-weld and gaskets.

As a `rolling project` the car will eventually be re-sprayed (black) with a (white) leather interior (upgraded from the dilapidated gold velour). - I dare say I will incur a number of expenses in that department yet.

General Comments:

Purchased due to a `mid life` crisis (and remembering the fun I had in my Europa some twenty five years earlier) I figured I would have to `get lucky `in an Esprit.

My god... what an awesome and shear exhilarating experience... where had I been all those years. Women?...who needs them!...I`m having a close, intimate and meaningful relationship with my s1 esprit. Might see you on the next bend somewhere...Cheers!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th February, 2006

Average review marks: 6.3 / 10, based on 2 reviews