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bac1023
07-21-2005, 18:59
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.

bac1023
07-21-2005, 19:00
That's my GSX-R in the background.

bac1023
07-21-2005, 19:02
Another

bac1023
07-21-2005, 19:03
One more

Ramtuff
07-21-2005, 20:50
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!

ATI_RAGE_
07-21-2005, 23:16
Looks very nice.

tony4311
07-21-2005, 23:18
freaking sweet

fnfalman
07-22-2005, 08:47
Originally posted by bac1023
That's my GSX-R in the background.

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

bac1023
07-22-2005, 12:27
Originally posted by fnfalman
At least you still have one reliable mode of transportation!!!;a
Don't worry, I still have my good ol' Honda for daily driving.

Rob1035
07-24-2005, 15:09
What year is the lotus?

bac1023
07-24-2005, 19:58
Originally posted by Rob1035
What year is the lotus?
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.

Rob1035
07-24-2005, 20:31
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:

method
07-25-2005, 15:40
Very nice. Let's try some trivia...anyone know what other car(s) shares that steering wheel with the Esprit?

Rob1035
07-25-2005, 21:43
Discovery?

fnfalman
07-26-2005, 07:45
Originally posted by Rob1035
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:

The Brits favor the ugly "old school" interior looks. There's Old School and then there's British Ugly Old School.

bac1023
07-26-2005, 17:11
Originally posted by fnfalman
The Brits favor the ugly "old school" interior looks. There's Old School and then there's British Ugly Old School.
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.

method
07-26-2005, 22:19
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.

bac1023
07-27-2005, 07:36
Originally posted by method
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.
I agree. I also liked the interior of my 928s4 and 944 turbo better than the current Porsche interiors.

fnfalman
07-27-2005, 10:22
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.

Rob1035
07-27-2005, 11:18
Originally posted by bac1023
I agree. I also liked the interior of my 928s4 and 944 turbo better than the current Porsche interiors.

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

bac1023
07-27-2005, 17:48
Originally posted by Rob1035
really? I love older 911 innards, but I could never get used to the front water pumpers...
I found them easy to get used to. I also like the 911 interiors from the past.

Rob1035
07-27-2005, 19:31
its funny, my last roommate had 3-4 944/951s and 1 968 during our stint, and I always felt cramped in them (i'm a skinny 5'10"), he was 6'3" and fit fine, go figure

bac1023
07-27-2005, 20:35
My 944 turbo had a good deal more room in it than the Esprit.

micah
07-28-2005, 21:11
I always liked the 928 interior. Hated the 924944/968 interior, but only because it was attatched to a 924/944/968.

Beautiful Esprit, those cars have always rocked my socks. Now go paint your garrage, half done jobs are lame, you wouldn't drive the Lotus arround with one red door, would ya?