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Discussion in 'Car Forum' started by bac1023, Jul 21, 2005.


  1. bac1023

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    I just bought a Lotus Esprit. Its got the 32v V8 twin turbo engine. The car is in pristine condition, fast as hell, and grips the road harder than any car I've driven. Of course, I'm only 5'-10", but getting in and out takes great effort. I highly recommend one!

    The first pictures here are horrible, but it was dark and I took them in my garage. I'll post some better pics ASAP.
     

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    That's my GSX-R in the background.
     

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    Very nice! I've always wanted an Esprit. Hmmm, you're in PA, I'm in PA...when are you taking me for a spin? lol! ;f Congrats on the new purchase!
     
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    Looks very nice.
     
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    freaking sweet
     
  8. fnfalman

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    At least you still have one reliable mode of transportation!!!;a
     
  9. bac1023

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    Don't worry, I still have my good ol' Honda for daily driving.
     
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    What year is the lotus?
     
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    1997. Only 14K miles.

    It was the first year of the V8 twin turbo engine. It was also the year before Lotus changed the interior and I happen to like the old interior better. 1997 is also the only year that the V8 model had the S4S wing on it. I prefer that over the 1998-2004 wing.

    The car is not easy to get into or see out of, but its fairly comfortable once I'm in. Of course, I'm only 5'-10" 165lbs. If I were much bigger, this car would not have been an option for me.

    I'll post some better pics soon.
     
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    Ok, I was really curious because the interior, well it looks pretty old school. If you like it, hell yeah, it doesn't detract from the cars bad-assness in the least:cool:
     
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    Very nice. Let's try some trivia...anyone know what other car(s) shares that steering wheel with the Esprit?
     
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    Discovery?
     
  15. fnfalman

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    The Brits favor the ugly "old school" interior looks. There's Old School and then there's British Ugly Old School.
     
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    Dude, I'm not a Brit. Its just my preferance, that's all. I like the old interior due to the extra gauges available.

    You're obviously not an Esprit fan and that's fine with me. Its not a car everyone cares for. I have always loved the Esprit. I have owned three Porsches in the past and have always wanted a Lotus. Now I have one.
     
  17. method

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    If there's one thing the British do right on a car, it's the interior. No one does leather and wood better. May not always be ergonomically ideal, but they always have style and class. A lot of new car interiors are so sterile, thay have no character; so many high end cars have had their interiors regress in style in the last 10 years: Rolls Royce, Mercedes S-class, BMW, Porsche..I like the 'old' interiors.
     
  18. bac1023

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    I agree. I also liked the interior of my 928s4 and 944 turbo better than the current Porsche interiors.
     
  19. fnfalman

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    I've always been a fan of Esprits, but there's no denying that the Brits make ugly interiors. Sure, there are gazillion acres of leathers and woods, but it's not all that aesthetically pleasing to the eyes. The Italians know elegance. The Germans...well, the Germans should stick to engineering and manufacturing high quality chassis, suspensions, motors and transmissions.
     
  20. Rob1035

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    really? I love older 911 innards, but I could never get used to the front water pumpers...