1989 Lotus Esprit SE
Great looking and running reliable rocket! Clean Carfax and smog certified.
This is a clean local Southern California car with service records from new, a clean Carfax Report and it is in very good condition. Here is what Wikipedia says about the Lotus SE:
In 1987 the Esprit was restyled by designer Peter Stevens. Stevens, who went on to design the McLaren F1, produced a less angular, more rounded car. 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 VARI (Vacuum Assisted Resin Injection). This method, which was patented by Lotus, offered advantages over the previous hand lay-up process. Kevlar reinforcement was added to the roof and sides for roll-over protection. This also increased the Esprit's torsional rigidity by 22%.
The X180 cars inherited most of their mechanical components from the earlier HC Esprit and Turbo Esprit, although the name for the forced induction model was now Esprit Turbo. 1988 model year North American Esprit Turbos kept the Citroën transaxle and Bosch fuel injection system used in the previous model year. Other X180s received a new Renault UN-1 transaxle, which necessitated a move to outboard rear brakes.
Output of the Type 910 turbo engine was unchanged, but 0-60 mph times dropped from 5.6 seconds to between 5.4 and 5.1 seconds. Top speed was over 240 km/h (150 mph).
In 1989 the K-Jetronic system was replaced with a Lotus/Delco multi-point fuel injection (MPFI) system. The engine also received an air-water-air intercooler called a Chargecooler by Lotus. This revised engine was known as the Type 910S. Power was up to 197 kW (268 PS; 264 hp) with 209 kW (284 PS; 280 hp) available on overboost. 0-60 mph times dropped to 4.7 seconds and top speed was over 160 mph (260 km/h). The 910S engine went into the new Special Equipment (SE) model, which also received changes to the body, with side skirts parallel to the body, five air ducts in the front air dam, wing mirrors from the Citroën CX and the addition of a rear wing.
This particular car has been in California since new and runs and drives well with a smooth running turbo engine and 5 speed gear box. The clutch pedal if firm and release is smooth with no chatter. The interior is in good condition with minor wear showing on the driver's seat. All systems work with the exception of the air conditioning and side view remote control mirrors.
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The Lotus Esprit SE was one of the original world super cars and still retains a strong reputation today.
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