1991 Lotus Esprit Review

1991 Lotus Esprit SE 2.2L intercooled turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.2L intercooled turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired12000 miles
Most recent distance19400 miles
Previous carBMW 6 Series


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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.

General Comments:

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

Average review marks: 9.5 / 10, based on 1 review