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The Lotus Esprit is a sports car that was built by Lotus in the United Kingdom between 1976 and 2004, as well as a future release in 2014. 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.
Alongside V8 models was produced the GT3, a turbocharged four-cylinder car with the type 920 2.0L chargecooled and turbocharged engine which had been used only in Italian market cars previously.
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- Engine: 2.0L Inline 4 Turbo
- Weight: 1,300 kg / 2,866 lbs
- Power: 177 kW / 237 hp / 240 PS
- 0-100 kph: 5.2 seconds
- Torque: 294 Nm / 216 lb-ft
- Top Speed: 263 kph / 163 mph