1997 Lotus Esprit
Coupe Car for sale by GR Auto Gallery in Grand Rapids, Michigan 49512
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1997 Lotus Esprit $49,900
The Lotus Esprit is a sports car that was built by Lotus Cars at their Hethel factory in the United Kingdom between 1976 and 2004. In 1996, Lotus launched the Esprit V8. The car received Lotus own Type 918 V8 engine, which was an all-aluminum 90 DOHC 4 valves per cylinder with a flat-plane crankshaft and twin Garrett AiResearch T25/60 turbochargers but no chargecooler. The transaxle used was the same Renault unit as before but upgraded by Lotus racing driver Derek Bell with a much thicker single piece input shaft. Despite having a modified transaxle, the Type 918 engine was detuned from a potential 373 kW (507 PS; 500 hp) to 261 kW (355 PS; 350 hp) at 6500 rpm and 400 Nm (295 lbft) of torque at 4250 rpm to prevent gearbox damage. In period tests, acceleration from 060 mph was achieved in 4.4 seconds and top speeds of over 282 km/h (175 mph) were achieved.
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1997 Lotus Esprit Specifications
Classic Car ID101022962
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Trim Body Style
Engine3.5 V8 Twin Turbo
Custom Exterior ColorN/A
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