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.
The S1 morphs into the Series 2, with additional cooling tweaks, Rover SD1 rear lights and a black and gold John Player Special edition.
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.
Turbo becomes a mainstream production model, branded Turbo Esprit and normally-aspirated S3 version is launched. Both have revamped interiors and bodies.
Power goes up – 172bhp (NA) and 215bhp (Turbo) – with the advent of High Compression versions.