- 1986 lotus espirit turbo, manual, 78k miles, all original
- 1988 lotus esprit turbo coupe 2-door 2.2l
- Turbo special edition #45 silver investors 5-speed manual connolly calypo red
- 1997 lotus esprit v8(US $32,900.00)
- 2002 lotus esprit v8 twin turbo #002 anniversary edition(US $47,000.00)
- 3.5l twin turbo v8 350bhp 5-speed manual alloy wheels alpine premium stereo(US $34,888.00)
- 2000 lotus esprit v8 coupe 2-door 3.5l(US $40,000.00)
- 1998 lotus esprit twin-turbo v8 w/only 27k miles! tx car since new!! records!!(US $24,988.00)
- White lotus esprit with tan leather 2.2 litre turbo
- Lotus esprit turbo se black
- 2001 lotus esprit v8 twin-turbo 33k miles(US $33,000.00)
- 1980 - lotus esprit s2 - 1980(US $19,999.00)
- Beautiful showroom condition very low mileage 1983 lotus esprit turbo, very rare(US $54,995.00)
- 2000 lotus esprit turbo v8 amazing car for the money(US $29,450.00)
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- 2001 lotus esprit twin turbo v8 1 of 101 exceptionally well kept ca(US $37,995.00)
- 1995 lotus esprit s4s coupe 2-door 2.2l
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- 1994 lotus esprit s4 turbo. clean, fast, low miles(US $28,900.00)
- 1997 lotus esprit v8(US $40,000.00)
- Lotus esprit turbo 1988
- 1979 lotus esprit s2 only 1 of 117 us cars collector 16k only no reserve!!!!!
- Lotus esprit sumbmarine car from 77 james bond 'spy who loved me' movie(US $1,000,000.00)
- 2011 lotus esprit, 25k miles, outstanding condition, mechanic owned, records
- Beautiful showroom condition very low mileage 1983 lotus esprit turbo, very rare(US $64,995.00)
- 1988 lotus esprist turbo only 20,680 miles! 5spd must see amazing condition(US $16,900.00)
- 1997 lotus esprit turbo beautiful california car with full maintenance records
- 1997 lotus esprit v8 coupe 2-door 3.5l(US $36,000.00)
- Lotus esprit 1988 red like new car 8700 original miles
- (US $44,500.00)
- 1979 john player specials commemorative edition no. 3 lotus esprit s2
- 1988 lotus esprit turbo coupe 2-door 2.2l(US $17,000.00)
- 1988 lotus esprist se turbo only 20,680 miles! 5spd must see amazing condition(US $22,900.00)
- 1995 lotus esprit s4 29k original miles mint many upgrades all original paint nr(US $39,995.00)
- 1977 lotus esprit base coupe 2-door 2.0l
- 1988 lotus turbo esprit, 21,000 miles, excellent condition,(US $16,995.00)
- 2000 lotus esprit 6 speed v8 turbo lots of extras all services wow!(US $37,988.00)
- 1989 lotus esprit se(US $18,400.00)
- 1997 red lotus turbo esprit tan interior
- 1984 lotus turbo esprit for autocross race parts
- 1978 lotus esprit s1 fully restored!(US $26,000.00)
- Lotus esprit v8 -- 2003(US $49,900.00)
- Commemorative edition 1988 lotus esprit turbo - 1988(US $12,500.00)
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- 2003 lotus espirit turbo no reserve!!!(US $55,000.00)
- Twin turbo my2000 lotus esprit - nice!(US $34,749.00)
- 1997 lotus esprit v8 twin turbo lots of upgrades 23,145mi great condition(US $31,000.00)
- Lotus esprit s1 body only. for parts or custom project series 1 espirit project
- 1994 lotus esprit s4 coupe 2-door 2.2l
- 1978 lotus esprit base coupe 2-door 2.0l(US $15,900.00)
- 1995 lotus esprit s4 collector's dream 2.2 liter turbocharged red tan 5 spd(US $21,950.00)
- Excellent condition - low miles
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- 2004 lotus esprit v8 turbo - final edition- yellow/ black - 15k miles! 2 roofs!(US $59,999.00)
- 1995 1/2 lotus esprit s4s rare original black car extremely well maintained
- 1990 lotus esprit turbo se california car.
- 1990 lotus se coupe(US $21,995.00)
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- 1983 lotus esprit - barn find!! - restoration project!
- 2000 lotus esprit v8 fully serviced low miles
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"We are delighted to open our doors to customers so that they can collect their new car from us direct." - Jean-Marc Gales
Buying a Lotus sports car now comes with an added perk - you get a peek behind the curtain at the famous factory in Hethel, England.
It's not been a great week for Lotus. Seven days ago, the UK-based automaker laid off a quarter of its workforce, terminating "up to 325 jobs." And then, just a few days ago, it was reported that the company would be ending US sales of its well-received Evora due to the expiration of an airbag exemption. The Evora is the only vehicle Lotus sells in the US, meaning its end effectively removes the brand from the market.
That was apparently a bridge too far, though, as the company has issued defiant statement, claiming it'll be back, in both the US and Canada, for model year 2016, with an air-bag compliant Evora.
"I know that this will be welcome news to our thousands of owners and fans in North America, but the reality is that there was never any intention to leave. The North American market is vitally important for us and we intend to expand our dealer network and grow our sales volumes in the future," Jean-Marc Gales, CEO of Group Lotus said in a statement. "I would like to thank our fantastic Lotus following for their support over the years and remind them that we are working on many exciting products for the future. We will continue to explore our core values on how to make a sports car better by making it faster, lighter and maintain the pure driving experience."
It's been three years now since Lotus stopped selling the Elise and Exige in North America, leaving the Evora as its only model available Stateside. But according to the latest from Car and Driver, even that model is on its way out.
The problem reportedly comes down to air bags. Lotus was granted a temporary exemption from fitting the latest-generation smart airbags to the Evora, but that exemption is set to expire at the end of the year. And once it does, Lotus apparently has no intention of developing and fitting the proper equipment to allow it to continue selling the Evora in the United States.
Once the Evora is gone from our market, Lotus will be reduced to selling only track-bound versions of the Elise and Exige in the US, so the prospect of actually buying a new Lotus and driving off the dealer lot will vanish into thin air.
Lotus has issued a press release to day, wherein it indicates that a "need to both reshape its organisation and to reduce costs" may result in the loss of "up to 325" jobs. That's a fairly significant number of layoffs for any company, but considering that Lotus currently employs 1,215 people (per the company's bio in the same release), it could mean a full 25-percent of the automaker's workers could soon be sharpening their resumes.
CEO Jean-Marc Gales says in the statement that Lotus has "worked very hard to avoid the need to make this proposal," but admits that it is now "essential" to the future of the company. The chief indicates that post-restructuring, he expects Lotus to be a "leaner" and "more competitive" organization, one which - and we can all see a little silver lining here - is focused on "producing class-leading sports cars and innovative engineering."
The 325-job number appears to be soft at this point, with the statement indicating that some negotiation about which and how many posts will be cut is yet to come. Further, the company may "redeploy" some employees, and may even recruit new blood for "key roles," all with an eye toward running the strongest possible team going forward. Though, we imagine that the recruitment bit won't fly well for those employees getting the sack.
Head on over to the Lotus website, and though the Elise isn't offered in the United States anymore, buyers in other markets can choose between numerous models: there's the base Elise, the Elise Club Racer, the Elise S and the Elise S Club Racer, and that's before even getting into the even more extreme Exige that's also based on the Elise. Track-day enthusiasts can also go for the full-on Elise S Cup R, but now the British sportscar manufacturer has confirmed a new variant.
Called the Elise S Cup, it slots in between the CR and the Cup R as an extreme performance model that can actually be driven to the track and back home on public roads. The S designation tells us it packs the 1.8-liter supercharged four that already produces 217 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque in the existing Elise S, Elise S CR and Elise S Cup R, but as we saw when Lotus was testing the new variant around the Nürburgring, the Elise S Cup packs some key upgrades.
It's got an aero kit - including front splitter, winglets, side skirts, rear diffuser and rear wing - that's more aggressive than other road-going models (though apparently less extreme than the track-focused S Cup R), helping to generate 145 lbs of downforce at 100 mph and 275 lbs at top speed and besting the Elise S around the Lotus test track by an impressive three seconds.
These days most of the news out of Lotus comes when it releases a lighter or faster version of the Elise, Exige or Evora. However, the stripped-out, Elise-based 340R might already show the logical conclusion of that concept, despite coming out in 2000. Now, one of the 340 made is up for auction on eBay Motors, and the seller in Fort Lauderdale, FL, claims that it's the only street-legal example available in the US.
Lotus founder Colin Chapman always had an obsession with making his vehicles as light as possible, and the 340R adhered to that adage about as closely as a street car could in 2000. These minimalist roadsters eschewed opening doors, windows and a roof in the pursuit of cutting the fat off the brand's hardly portly Elise. The company's engineers also trimmed away the fenders to give their creation a semi-open wheel design that looked as wild when new as today. For the interior, they installed two racing buckets, and the most of the rest was left in bare metal, including the pedals. All of the changes reportedly brought the 340R down to around 1,545 pounds.
Power comes from a 1.8-liter four-cylinder with a five-speed manual gearbox. The 340R is available with 177 horsepower or a tuned 187-hp version from that mill, but the seller doesn't specify which one this is. It's still a pretty fresh car, though, with just 3,577 miles claimed on the odometer.
Lotus has been in limbo in recent years. After former CEO Dany Bahar revealed his plans to build six new models, its parent company was sold, Bahar was sacked, his plans were canceled and a new CEO was hired in the form of former Peugeot chief Jean-Marc Gales. The industry has been waiting ever since to find out what Gales would do with the storied marque, and now we seem to have some indication.
Reports coming in from Malaysia indicate that Jean-Marc presented to the board of parent company Proton a plan for Lotus to build a new sedan and crossover. Though details are scarce, and may seem downright blasphemous for an automaker that built is reputation on lightweight sports cars, it would not be the first time that the House that Colin Built has toyed with either idea.
The company presented the APX crossover concept at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show, and the Eterne sedan concept as part of Bahar's far-reaching plans at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. The new plans may use these concepts as starting points or could go another direction entirely.
If we had a nickel for every version of the Elise that Lotus has rolled out over the years, we might actually have enough spare change to buy one ourselves. And we're not even talking about the entire separate models (like the Exige and Europa) that Lotus has based on the Elise's platform or the other automakers' cars (like the Tesla Roadster and Hennessey Venom GT) that have used the same. And now Lotus appears to be testing another one.
Spotted lapping the Nürburgring, what we're looking at here appears to be the track-bound Elise S Cup R, but our intrepid paparazzi by the side of the track tell us it's missing the switches for the battery isolator and fire extinguisher. In their place, this Elise is wearing an even bigger rear wing as part of an altogether rather aggressive aero kit - not to mention a rockin' matte red wrap.
All of these telltales make us think Lotus has something extreme in the works, and we could find out what exactly it is as early as the Paris Motor Show in October, so stay tuned and watch this space.
Remember a couple of months ago when a mischievous Stig broke into the Lotus racing headquarters in Enstone and made off with an F1 car? Well, now we know where he went with it.
In this humorous clip from Top Gear, the tamed racing driver in the white suit disembarks with Pastor Maldonado's Lotus-Renault E22 (not the E21 he took from the team's headquarters, eagle-eye viewers might notice) in Durban, South Africa, and takes it to Moses Mabhida Stadium for the Top Gear Festival. After having some fun on a dirt bike, a chrome Mustang drift car and a few other curiosities, he hooks it up to a bungee cord and jumps off a tower behind the wheel.
Now we're not quite convinced they actually did this and that it wasn't all CGI, but it's still worth a watch and a laugh.
What separates a road car from a race car? You're looking at it. It's the Lotus Exige V6 Cup, a model based on what is already one of the most hardcore performance machines on the road, albeit upgraded to an even harder-core spec. It's a good 130 pounds lighter than the Exige S (a vehicle which didn't have much flab to trim in the first place) and can hit 60 in under four seconds. With the notably exception of certain versions of the Porsche 911, there aren't a lot of six-cylinder cars that can claim that kind of performance.
In fact, the Exige V6 Cup is so close to race spec that it's already eligible for a number of racing series. Just bolt in the removable FIA-certified roll cage, maybe swap on some slick tires and you're good to go. Then you can drive it home again when you're done, just like in sports car racing's heyday. But don't take our word for it: the team over at XCar took the V6 Cup to the UK's Goodwood circuit to see how it compared to the Exige S it recently drove, and you can view the stirring results in the video below.