1981 Lotus Esprit Review

1981 Lotus Esprit S2.2 2.2 from Australia and New Zealand

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

Summary:

An affordable exotic

Faults:

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

Average review marks: 4.8 / 10, based on 1 review