1999 Lotus Esprit SE V8 TT from North America
Best supercar for the money.
The car is absolutely stunning to behold in person and a rocket-sled to drive.
It's very low and wide and charismatic on the street. The flying wedge styling is classically beautiful.
Getting in and out requires some acrobatics. This is not an old man's car.
It accelerates with ferocity, especially if you have the sport exhaust growling behind you. The handling is tight but the ride is surprisingly supple. Steering feel is amazing, the best I've ever experienced. Throttle, clutch, brakes and shifter are much improved over earlier (4-cylinder) models, but still not the best - a modern Corvette is easier to drive. Overall I'd say that except for heavy stop-and-go traffic it's a very comfortable car.
Nice big trunk in the back can hold some serious baggage.
I love my Esprit V8.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 31st August, 2005