Lotus Esprit Models

Between 1976 and 2004, Lotus made 24 models and derivates of the Esprit. The list below shows the production models (excluding the GT1 and GT2 cars). Lotus made 10,675 Esprit's in the car's 28 year history. There were 5829 Giugiaro's style Esprit's and 4846 Steven's Esprit's made. Below is a list of the Esprit models including production date, engine power, top speed, acceleration and production numbers and other distinguishable features.


Lotus Esprit S1


June 1976 to May 1978, 1973cc, 160bhp @ 6200rpm, 140lb ft @ 4900rpm, 124mph, 0-60mph 8.4secs (Autocar figures). Production: 718.

Lotus Esprit S2


June 1978 to January 1980. As S1, however with revised front spoiler, air ducts behind rear side windows, numerous interior changes (new Smiths dials different switchgear, trim), Speedline alloy wheels. Production: 1060.

Lotus Esprit JPS 1978


1978-79 commemorative model in black with gold detailing: three-spoke 'wheel instead of two-spoker. Production: thought to be 147.

Lotus Esprit S2.2


February 1980 to March 1981, 2.2-litre (2174cc), 160bhp @ 6500rpm, 160lb ft @ 4900rpm, 138mph, 0-60mph 6.7sec (Lotus figures). Galvanised chassis. Production: 88.

Lotus Esprit Essex

Essex Turbo

February 1980 to April 1981 Limited-edition Turbo in Essex livery (Lotus' GP sponsor), 210bhp @ 6250rpm, 200lb ft @ 4500rpm. Dry-sump lubrication, roof console and Compomotive split-rim alloys, 150mph approximately, 0-60mph 5.6secs (Motor). Production: 34 (+11 development cars).

Lotus Esprit NA


April 1981 to October 1987 Significant chassis/suspension changes (as per Essex Turbo) plus many cosmetic revisions, 135mph, 0-60mph 6.5secs (Autocar & Motor). Production: 767.

Lotus Turbo Esprit.

Turbo Esprit

April 1981 to October 1986 Cheaper 'production' version, with reduced trim spec; except for earliest models, all have wet-sump lubrication, BBS wheels. Production: 1845 (2274 including the HC model).

Lotus Turbo Esprit HC

Turbo HC

October 1986 to October 1987, High-compression version (up from 7.5:1 to 8:1), with Mahle forged pistons and new exhaust manifolds, 215bhp @ 6000rpm, 220lb ft @ 4250rpm, 152mph, 0-60mph 5.5 secs (Lotus figures).


Lotus Esprit NA 1987


October 1987 to September 1990 (no normally aspirated Esprits after this date). Engine improvements brought into line with Excel, 172bhp @ 6500rpm, 163lb ft @ 5000rpm. Gearbox from Renault (previously CitroŽn) on all new-shape cars. Production: 290

Lotus Esprit Turbo 1987

Esprit Turbo

October 1987 to 1991 215bhp @ 6000rpm, 220lb ft @ 4250rpm, 152mph, 0-60mph 5.5 secs 2.2 litre 4 cylinder Turbo. Gearbox from Renault. Out board rear disc breaks. Production: 1562.

Lotus Esprit SE Blue

Turbo SE

May 1989 to 1993 Chargecooled derivative, 264bhp @ 6500rpm, 261lb ft @ 3900rpm. Aerodynamic revisions. 159mph, 0-60mph 4.9secs (Autocar & Motor). Production: n/a. The "Highwing" featured was as the SE, but with a large rear mounted wing. Production: 1608



1991. Lotus Esprit racing car based on the US spec SE. 350 bhp. Maximum torque,310 lb ft at 4,800rpm. Kerb Weight lb 2,600. Lightweight bodyshell with stripped interior and competition seat. Suspension uses roadcar design with race settings Uprated brake system uses Lotus Carlton disc assemblies with race pads Revolution wheels with Bridgestone Potenza treaded tyres



1992 - 1995. 300 bhp at 6500 rpm. Max torque 2871b ff/4400rpm. Power steering fitted as standard. Maximum speed: 161 mph 0 - 60 mph: 4.7 seconds 27 mpg, Weight: 1243kg. Production: 64.

Lotus Esprit S4


1992 - 1996. 264 bhp at 6500 rpm. Maximum torque: 261 lb ft at 3900 rpm. Power steering fitted as standard. Maximum speed: 165 mph 0 - 60 mph: 4.7 seconds 27 mpg, Weight: 1320kg. Production: 625.

Lotus Esprit S4s


1994 - 1997. 300 bhp at 7000 rpm. Maximum Torque: 290 lb ft at 3600 rpm. Rear wing, wheel arches, Oz racing light wheels. 0-60 mph: 4.6 sec Maximum speed: 168 mph. Weight: 1460 kg. Production: 367


V8 (including GT & SE)

1996 - 2001. 349bhp @ 6500rpm Max torque: 295lb ft @ 4250rpm. V8 Engine. Twin Garrett T25 turbochargers, Maximum speed 175mph, 0 - 60 4.8 Seconds. Weight 1380 kg. Production: 1231 (Production of V8 GT: 204).

Lotus Esprit GT3


1996 - 1999. 240BHP @ 6250rpm. Max torque 216Ib ft@3750rpm. 4 cylinder engine Garrett Turbo. 165mph. 0 - 60 5.6 seconds. Weight 1220kg. Production: 196.



1999 - 2001. 349bhp @ 6500rpm Max torque: 295lb ft @ 4250rpm. V8 engine. Twin Garrett T25 turbochargers Maximum speed 175mph, 0 - 60 4.7 Seconds. Weight 1300 kg. Production: 54.

Lotus Esprit 2002


2002 - 2004. 349bhp @ 6500rpm Max torque: 295lb ft @ 4250rpm. V8 Engine. Twin Garrett T25 turbochargers 175mph/6850rpm, 0 - 60 4.8 Seconds. Weight 1380 kg. Production: 292.