1991 Lotus Esprit SE 2.2L intercooled turbo from North America
The best performance bargain in exotic cars
Front left shock leaked.
Horn collected dirt and rust, and failed.
Woodruff key on the accessory drive sheared.
Clutch hose expanded in 100+ heat, and caused the clutch to work poorly.
Tires became hard and needed to be replaced.
Super fast when on the boost, with distinct mid-engine handling dynamics (i.e. quick turn in due to low polar moment).
Excellent handling with understeer at the limit, although it is fairly easy to induce controllable oversteer by lifting or using the throttle.
Compared to other high performance cars like Ferrari, Lamborghini, or Porsche, this car is fairly inexpensive to maintain. Expect maintenance costs equal to about twice that of a BMW M car.
The Connelly leather interior and burled walnut dash impart a classic British sports car feel.
If you are under 6' tall like I am, this is a very comfortable car.
For very complete information on Esprits, www.espritfactfile.com
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th August, 2001