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This 1986 Lotus Esprit HCi Turbo Should Fetch A Pretty Penny 24
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in auction, Classics, Galleries, Lotus, Lotus Esprit on 12 24th, 2017


Reportedly one of just 246 HCi Turbo models ever built, this 1986 Lotus Esprit is certainly worth our attention.

The HCi variant was the first fuel-injected Esprit, utilizing a Bosch KE-Jetronic fuel injection system and a catalytic converted, on top of the higher compression engine, which is where the ‘HC’ moniker comes from.

When new, the 2.2-liter engine on turbocharged Esprit HC models would produce 218 PS (215 HP) and 298 Nm (220 lb-ft) of torque, with more pull available at lower engine speeds compared to previous incarnations.

This black over tan model, getting auctioned off on Bring a Trailer, comes with a removable roof panel, a 5-speed manual transmission, silver BBS wheels and just 48,000 miles (77,248 km) on the clock. The ad states that 4,000 miles ago, it was fitted with new cam belts, clutch kit, tensioners, rebuilt transaxle, fuel pump relay and ignition coil, among others.

Inside, it’s got wider and lower tan leather seats, to accommodate taller drivers, although the driver’s seat bolster does have a tear on it. Another negative is the non-operational air conditioning system, but at least there’s a Sony head unit with four JBL speakers on-board.

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This 1986 Lotus Esprit HCi Turbo Should Fetch A Pretty Penny 24
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in auction, Classics, Galleries, Lotus, Lotus Esprit on 12 24th, 2017


Reportedly one of just 246 HCi Turbo models ever built, this 1986 Lotus Esprit is certainly worth our attention.

The HCi variant was the first fuel-injected Esprit, utilizing a Bosch KE-Jetronic fuel injection system and a catalytic converted, on top of the higher compression engine, which is where the ‘HC’ moniker comes from.

When new, the 2.2-liter engine on turbocharged Esprit HC models would produce 218 PS (215 HP) and 298 Nm (220 lb-ft) of torque, with more pull available at lower engine speeds compared to previous incarnations.

This black over tan model, getting auctioned off on Bring a Trailer, comes with a removable roof panel, a 5-speed manual transmission, silver BBS wheels and just 48,000 miles (77,248 km) on the clock. The ad states that 4,000 miles ago, it was fitted with new cam belts, clutch kit, tensioners, rebuilt transaxle, fuel pump relay and ignition coil, among others.

Inside, it’s got wider and lower tan leather seats, to accommodate taller drivers, although the driver’s seat bolster does have a tear on it. Another negative is the non-operational air conditioning system, but at least there’s a Sony head unit with four JBL speakers on-board.

PHOTO GALLERY



Check Out Some Ghost In The Shell Automotive Concept Art 8
May
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Lotus Esprit, Movie Cars, Renderings on 05 8th, 2017


Batou's car from Ghost in the Shell may not be the most futuristic thing out there, especially since it's based on a Lotus Esprit, but it definitely looks like it's seen a gun fight or two.
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This Lotus Esprit Is A Ticket To The ‘80s Heaven 6
Feb
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Classics, Lotus, Lotus Esprit, Lotus Videos on 02 6th, 2016


If this sub-zero cool Lotus Esprit doesn’t make you grow a mustache, I don’t know what will.
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Would You Pay $1 Million For The James Bond Lotus Esprit Submarine? 6
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in auction, Classics, Lotus, Lotus Esprit, Movie Cars on 01 6th, 2016


No, it's not a joke, it's the famous vehicle from the famous James Bond movie, "The Spy Who Loved Me" and it's currently up for grabs at 7 figures.
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Lotus Esprit Finalized, But Still Not Approved: Report 21
Nov
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Kurt, Lotus, Lotus Esprit on 11 21st, 2012

2010 Lotus Esprit Concept – image: Lotus Cars

Eventually, history will record the 2010 Paris Motor Show as the beginning of Lotus’ turnaround, or as the beginning of the revered sports car manufacturer’s end. It was that show where Lotus displayed an astonishing seven concept models, leading many to believe that then-CEO Dany Bahar was a visionary. The more cynical viewed the company as doomed, since even a major manufacturer couldn’t pull off that many new models in a condensed time frame.

Two years later, Lotus has a new parent and Bahar is gone from the company. New owners DRB-Hicom insist that everything is fine at Lotus, yet rumors persist that the historic marque is being shopped for a buyer. Now, Autocar (via Left Lane News) reports that the development work on the company’s potential flagship, the all-new Esprit, is nearing completion. Despite this, the magazine’s anonymous insider says that a green light for production has yet to be given.

That seems to be proof positive that Lotus is for sale, as its clear that DRB-Hicom doesn’t want to invest the money to bring the concept to production. Given the declining worldwide market for supercars, perhaps that’s a wise decision; on the other hand, having a finalized design for an all-new, range-topping supercar could be just what DRB needs to close a deal on Lotus.

Will the Esprit see production? This is just a guess, but we’d say not as long as DRB-Hicom controls the company’s finances.







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