Unveiled in 1987, the Peter Stevens redesign of the venerable Lotus Esprit saw the mid-engined rocketship’s sharp edges softened, the interior revamped and the mechanical specification improved. Indeed, the Esprit was now a genuine supercar contender, with over 160mph available from the Special Equipment model of 1989, largely thanks to the adoption of a water to air intercooler on the 2.2-liter four. In 1993, Lotus further updated the Esprit with exterior styling by Julian Thompson. Relatively minor changes to the front and rear bumpers, side skirts and a new wheel design were nicely resolved and the Esprit’s dramatic styling was suitably updated for a new decade.
It wasn’t until 1995 that the mechanical specification came in for change; when the S4 was replaced by the S4S power jumped to 300bhp, with 290 lbs./ft. of torque on tap. To achieve these figures, Lotus made changes to the cylinder head, enlarged the inlet ports and fitted an updated ECM and Garret AiResearch T3/60 turbocharger. This added up to serious on road performance, with 0-60 mph dispatched in a mere 4.6 seconds on the way to a top speed of 168 mph – impressive numbers in anyone’s language. Equally impressive was the handling, with a 0.91g figure achieved on the skidpan. The S4S was distinguished by the larger rear wing from the Sport 300, new OZ five-spoke alloy rims and Brembo brakes, having the distinction of being the end of the line for the four cylinder Esprit. Despite its age, The Autocar magazine loved the new Lotus, concluding with the comment: “…the Lotus Esprit S4S is, for the moment, the most complete British sports car – period.”
This well maintained 1994 Lotus Esprit Turbo S4 is offered with a large service history file which includes the original service/handbook, and has recently enjoyed a full service with cam belts and additionally adjustment of the valve clearances.
Finished in Pacific blue metallic with full cream leather interior, the paint and trim are in super order, as befits a car which has been well cared for throughout its life. Said to run and drive extremely nicely, this is a fine example of a true modern supercar classic.