When the Lotus S4 was introduced in 1992 it had a rating of 27 mpg, while rocketing to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds and achieving a top speed of 165 mph. The Lotus acceleration time was almost a second faster than the 1992 Corvette powered by an LT1 V-8 engine.
An exterior and interior facelift was performed and it became the first Esprit model to include power steering as standard. The exterior redesign was done by Julian Thompson; this saw a smaller rear spoiler placed halfway up the rear decklid. Additional changes of notice were to the front and rear bumpers, side skirts, and valence panels.
Powered by a 2.2-litre dual overhead cam, turbocharged four-cylinder engine, this Esprit produces an estimated 264bhp at 6,500 rpm. The strong engine meshes nicely with its five-speed manual transmission. The rear spoiler is seamlessly integrated into the styling and a glass roof adds to the aesthetic. The interior features a wraparound driver’s side dash that has full VDO instrumentation and wood-grain details. Standard equipment included power steering, power windows and air conditioning.
Confirmed by Lotus as the Motor Show car from 1994, this excellent S4 has been carefully maintained by its Lotus enthusiast owner and presents in very good condition all round. In late 2017 the engine was removed and a cam belt service carried out along with the suspension, clutch and gearbox being refreshed. The interior has also benefited from light refurbishment and is now ready for a new enthusiastic custodian.