Built to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Lotus Esprit, the V-8-powered Esprits were the last of their breed (1996-2004), and the 25th Anniversary Editions are amongst the final Esprits built. Celebrating 25 years of Esprit production, just 100 25th Anniversary Edition Esprits were built, all of which were shipped to the U.S.
These were equipped with the 3.5-litre V-8 engine fitted with twin Garrett turbochargers that could be found in other V-8 Esprits, which was capable of producing 350 bhp, powering the Esprit to a top speed in excess of 280 km/h. 0-60 was reached in only 4.8 seconds.
The 36th example built, this wonderful Esprit is finished in Calypso Red over a Beige leather. The Lotus has been garaged all of its life and only driven in good weather, having covered a mere 20,000 km during this time.
Considered by many to be the landmark definitive Esprit, these were among the fastest sports cars available when new and are still thrilling to drive even by today’s elevated standards. With the growth in performance cars from this era, this lovely example warrants further inspection.