The silver Italdesign concept that eventually became the Esprit was unveiled at the Turin Motor Show in 1972 as a concept car, and was a development of a stretched Lotus Europa chassis. It was among the first of designer Giorgetto Giugiaro's polygonal "folded paper" designs. Originally, the name Kiwi was proposed, but in keeping with the Lotus tradition of having all car model names start with the letter "E", the name became Esprit.

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Car Specs

Engine: 2.2L Inline 4 Turbo
Weight: 1,270 kg / 2,800 lbs
Power: 223 kW / 300 hp
0-100 kph: 4.6 seconds
Torque: 393 Nm / 289 lb-ft
Top Speed: 270 kph / 167 mph

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