2000 Lotus Esprit V8

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The mid-engine Esprit is built in England by a company famous for its engineering and racing success, but Lotus is no longer a purely British company. Proton, the national car company of Malaysia, owns a majority interest in Lotus — the first company to win the Indianapolis 500 with a rear-engine racecar.

Lotus has a network of 40 dealers in the United States and Canada and sells fewer than 150 cars a year in North America. The base price for a 2000 model is $85,225, plus a $1,300 gas guzzler tax.

Exterior
Famous Italian designer Giugiaro did the distinctive, wedge-shaped styling. The Esprit has functional air scoops to cool the brakes and an attention-getting wing perched on the rear deck.

With an overall length of 172 inches, the Esprit is a few inches shorter than the Ferrari 360 Modena. The front wheels are 17-inch diameter, and the rears are 18-inch diameter.

Interior
Like many sports cars, the two-seat Esprit has a snug interior that is tight for occupants more than 6 feet tall. Leather upholstery, power windows and locks, and a multi-speaker stereo are among the expected amenities, but cruise control is not available.

Under the Hood
A 3.5-liter V-8 with twin turbochargers and 350 horsepower — designed and built by Lotus — mounts behind the seats and ahead of the rear axle. A five-speed manual transmission routs the power to the rear wheels. Lotus lists top speed as 175 miles per hour and says 60 mph comes up in just 4.4 seconds.

 
Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2000 Buying Guide

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