What we say about our Lotus Esprit Turbo S3...
If you were born a boy in the early 1970's then this is the car you always wanted to own. Our Lotus dances delicately on its rubber shoes feeling every contour of the road surface, exhaling all of its 220 horses with each change of gear through its turbo breathing apparatus.
The sports seats hug you as tight as your 1970ís Y-fronts keeping you perfectly placed as you generate G force through the corners on the infamous Lotus engineered suspension.
The star of two James Bond movies - The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and For Your Eyes Only (1981), our Lotus Esprit is sure to generate admiration wherever it goes.
What the Experts Say...
The Lotus Esprit is a sports car that was built by Lotus in the United Kingdom between 1976 and 2004, as well as a current release in 2014. The silver Italdesign concept that eventually became the Esprit was unveiled at the Turin Motor Show in 1972 as a concept car, and was a development of a stretched Lotus Europa chassis. It was among the first of designer Giorgetto Giugiaro's polygonal "folded paper" designs. Originally, the name Kiwi was proposed, but in keeping with the Lotus tradition of having all car model names start with the letter "E", the name became Esprit.
The Esprit was launched in October 1975 at the Paris Auto Show, and went into production in June 1976, replacing the Europa in the Lotus model lineup. These first cars eventually became known as S1 (or Series 1) Esprits. With a steel backbone chassis and a fiberglass body, the Esprit was powered by the Lotus 907 4-cylinder engine, as previously used in the Jensen Healey.
By the close of 1980, Lotus were effectively building three different models of Esprit, with distinct chassis designs and body moulds - the Domestic (i.e. UK) S2.2, the Export S2.2, and the dry-sump Turbo Esprit. Introduced in April 1981, the Turbo Esprit and S3 (Series 3) Esprits marked a necessary consolidation.
The S3 continued to use the 2.2 L type 912 engine of the S2.2, whilst the Turbo Esprit reverted to a less complex wet-sump lubrication system, retaining the power and torque outputs of its dry-sump predecessor. The Turbo Esprit retained the full aerodynamic body kit of the Essex cars, and featured prominent 'turbo esprit' decals on the nose and sides; the S3 gained the more substantial bumpers, yet retained the simpler sill line and glazed rear hatch of the S2.2 body style. Both models were supplied with 15" BBS alloy wheels.
Lotus Esprit Turbo S3
Esprit Turbo S3
2200cc, 4 cylinder, 220 BHP, Turbo
Manual 5 Speed
Rear Wheel Drive
Essex Blue with Blue Leather Interior
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