Esprit time­line

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Driving -

1972

The Esprit sees the light of day as a Gi­u­giaro con­cept car at the Turin Mo­tor Show. Lo­tus launches the 160bhp pro­duc­tion ver­sion at the 1975 Paris Mo­tor Show.

1978

The S1 morphs into the Se­ries 2, with ad­di­tional cool­ing tweaks, Rover SD1 rear lights and a black and gold John Player Special edi­tion.

1980

S2.2 briefly ap­pears, with its engine en­larged from 1973cc to 2174cc. The first fac­tory Turbo ap­pears in blue, red and chrome Es­sex Pe­tro­leum liv­ery, with 210bhp and a 150mph top speed.

1981

Turbo be­comes a main­stream pro­duc­tion model, branded Turbo Esprit and nor­mally-as­pi­rated S3 ver­sion is launched. Both have re­vamped in­te­ri­ors and bod­ies.

1986

Power goes up – 172bhp (NA) and 215bhp (Turbo) – with the ad­vent of High Com­pres­sion ver­sions.

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