Used Lotus Esprit Coupe 1993 - 2003 review

Category: Sports car

Section: Our recommendations

1993 - 2003 review
Lotus Esprit Coupe
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Which used Lotus Esprit coupe should I buy?

Three models were available and specialist dealers who know the Esprit well are the best place to look for them.

The standard V8 was launched in 1996, powered by a 3.5-litre 349bhp turbocharged engine linked to a five-speed manual gearbox. In 1998, there was an improved model with a revised interior and some mechanical changes. There followed another upgrade in 2002, when it got new wheels and rear light clusters.

The basic V8 is the one we like best, and if you can find a post-2002 example, it will hold its value best. The second version was the V8 GT, which sold from 1997-2001, and was essentially a V8 with GT3 trim. Finally, there was the GT3 itself, which was a stripped-out model - no wood or leather here - with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo unit and 240bhp. It was available from 1996-99.