When first launched this model Esprit received a state-of-the-art turbo upgrade that gave the mid-engined sports car blessed with supercar styling….with it. This Lotus model was now touching supercar territory.
The extra 50bhp over the normal 2.2-litre Esprit comes from a Garrett T3 turbocharger, though the entire engine was re-engineered to with the additional power and torque. In 1985 the suspension was revised to use more Toyota and fewer Triumph parts, thus making it easier to keep on the road.
Giugiaro is said to have liked the new shape, claiming it was perhaps too close to his original design. The exterior changes were accompanied by a redesign of the interior that gave more space to the occupants. The revised Esprit was not given a new “Series” number but is often called by its project code of X180. Panels for the body were produced using a new process called Vacuum Assisted Resin Injection. This method, also helped increased the Esprit’s torsional rigidity by 22%.
The X180 cars inherited most of their mechanical components from the earlier cars, although the name for the forced induction model was now Esprit Turbo. 1988 model year North American Esprit Turbo models kept the Citroën transaxle and Bosch fuel injection system, whilst other X180 cars received a new Renault transaxle, which necessitated a move to outboard rear brakes. Power output of the Type 910 turbocharged engine was unchanged, but 0-60 mph acceleration times dropped to about 5.1 seconds, and top speed was over 150 mph.The Lotus line is known for its value when compared to other high line performance cars, delivering six figure performances for thousands less.
This car has some very nice gold period correct OZ Route factory wheels, and five speed manual transmission. Lotus 2.2L 4 cylinder turbocharged inter-cooled engine (which Lotus has named the Chargecooler), four-wheel disc brakes, power windows, power door locks, power and heated remote side view mirrors, removable glass roof panel, extremely aesthetic glass covered boot lid with an aerodynamic rear wing, factory air conditioning, fully independent suspension, Modern Stereo system upgrade has been fitted with connectivity and a front brake upgrade.
2019: Cams, head and cambelt, Cylinder head, welding around compression ring, reface cylinder head, cams, followers and reshim
Note: New speedo 15/11/90 at 12528 miles
May/July 2016: Headlamps Units (inner and outer) £600
March 2016: ignition amp, gearbox bracket, gaskets, rod end and cambelt £240
November 2015: Cambelt, exhaust manifold, all fluids
August 2012: Rebuild and fit water pump, service £1700
August 2012: Lighting, 2 tyres and brake pipes £259
March 2011: Cooling fans £193, New shocks, New steering rack gaters £284
February 2011: Rear Damper £251
December 2010: Door handles, throttle spring, hose £110
June 2010: Track rods ends £140 fit and retrack £106
May 2010: Brakes discs and pads, brake caliper fitting
April 2010: Vented Disc and pads Kit (4 pot HSP) £728
July 2009: Turbo £76
December 2008: Wheel bearings £68
November 2008: Steering wheel £100
August 2008: Refurbished wheels £240, Brake pads £133, Discs £2360
April 2008: New Steering column lower fitting £57 Misc £111
February 2008: oil and filter £157
October 2007: Badges, Lowe Column UJ £118; Actuator. Dump Valve and KN Filter £318
August 2007: Sill plates
November 2006: Fuel Pump & fitting £397
January 2006: Clutch Master Cylinder & fitting £277
September 2005: Clutch Slave Cylinder & fitting £133
August 2005: Coolant hoses £69
November 2004: Service, window motor, air con regas £1298
December 2001: Headlamps, calipers, brakes disc and pads, Carburetor rebuild, full service, cambelt, ICE, tyres and more £5,308.00