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Lotus Cars USA, Inc.
500 Marathon Parkway
Lawrenceville, GA 30045

[1] 770-822-4566
[1] 770-995-7698 Fax

ESPRIT V8 TWIN TURBO

Recent 2002 changes to the Lotus Esprit V8 continue the Lotus tradition of constantly improving this venerable supercar. They are:

Redesigned rear body panel featuring round taillights

Aerodynamic "lip" spoiler from the legendary Sport 350

Twin outlet tailpipes, extending from redesigned silencer

New high backed seats w/embossed Lotus logo

Aluminum interior accents

Crystal titanium finish multi-spoke OZ Racing one-piece alloy wheels

Increased flexibility

The Lotus Esprit V8's ECM does not alter the powerplant's output of 350 horsepower at 6500 rpm and 295 lb-ft of torque at 4250 rpm. Instead it allows the engine to produce more torque in the lower gears. The idea was not to make the car quicker - it still runs from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds - but to give greater flexibility and driving ease in the real-world situations.

More stopping power

To harness this power, Lotus engineers specified front AP Racing competition four-piston fixed brake calipers and upgraded brake discs. The former 296 mm (11.6-in.) front and 300 mm (11.8-in.) rear brake discs have been replaced with AP Racing curved-vane 320 mm (12.6-in.) brake discs at all four wheels. The brake discs are both vented and cross-drilled for superior ventilation.

Inside, the designers at Lotus added body color accents to the interior. This year they added body color console and door trim panels to accentuate the interior.


The Engine

Configuration: Aluminum-alloy twin-turbocharged V8, 90 degree cylinder bank angle, single-plane crankshaft.

Bore: 83 mm

Stroke: 81mm

Capacity: 3506 cc

Power: 350 HP @ 6500 rpm

Torque: 295 lb ft @ 4250 rpm

Head Chamber Aluminum alloy, four-valve pent-roof combustion

Valvegear: Dual overhead camshafts with one toothed belt per bank, hydraulic tappets.

Inlet valves: 33.5 mm

Exhaust valves: 30.0 mm

Block: LM25TF aluminum alloy with cast iron "wet" lines, spheroidal graphite cast iron cross-bolted main bearing caps.

Turbochargers: Two Garrett T25 water-cooled, oil lubricated.

Fueling: One primary injector per cylinder, one secondary injector per bank.

Ignition: Four double-ended coils triggered from crankshaft sensor.

Ancillaries: Water pump, alternator, power steering pump, air conditioning compressor.

Weight: 485 lb with ancillaries.

The Car

Chassis/Body: Rigid steel zinc-coated backbone chassis, composite bodywork with seating for two.

Front Suspension: Independent by upper and lower wishbones, with uprated coil springs, revised suspension geometry and damper settings.


Rear Suspension: Indpendent by upper and lower transverse links with radius arms, coil springs and telescopic dampers.
Aluminum hub carriers.


Wheels: OZ Racing Wheels; Front: 17"x8.5", Rear: 18"x10" on Dunlop SP9000 Tires; Front: 235/40ZR 17, Rear: 285/35ZR 18


Performance:

Maximum Speed: 180mph
0-60mph: 4.4 seconds
0-100mph: 10.5 Seconds

Fuel Economy: EPA city driving: 15mpg, EPA highway driving: 23mpg


Comfort and Convenience: Hand-finished leather interior, air-conditioning, power windows, central locking, tinted glass, electronically operated fuel filler flap, power operated and heated remote outside mirrors, Premium Alpine AM/FM CD sound system.


Safety and Security: Kevlar reinforced passenger safety cell, driver and passenger Supplemental Inflatable Restraints (airbags), four wheels anti-lock braking system (ABS), three-point retractable safety belts, delay interior safety lighting, anti-theft system with remote keyless entry, immobilizer and alarm.


Optional Equipment: Glass roof panel. Customer selected paint.

NEWS


Group Lotus PLC: Official Press Release - January 2, 2003

Lotus Announces Elise for USA


Group Lotus PLC and its subsidiary Lotus Cars U.S.A. Inc. will expand Lotus' presence in the U.S. market with the introduction of a U.S.A. specific version of the world-acclaimed Elise and a future product strategy that will include a new family of exciting models over the next few years.

U.S. sales of the 2005 Elise are scheduled to begin in mid 2004. The "Federal" Elise will retain the benchmark performance, handling and dynamics that have proven so popular in the U.K. and Europe but at the same time complying with U.S. regulations

The recipient of numerous industry awards and accolades for design, performance, drivability and handling, the Elise is constructed around a strong, rigid, yet lightweight extruded and bonded aluminum chassis. Consistent with the Lotus design philosophy of achieving performance and efficiency through light weight, this high tech chassis weighing less than 150 lbs allows for a complete vehicle weight of approximately 1700lbs (current European specification).


Demand for the product and high quality standards are key
A careful study of the U.S. market and the success of the Elise in Europe and the other markets have shown Lotus that there is a demand for a small, lightweight and very high performance sportscar in the U.S. While remaining a hand-built car, a new state of the art manufacturing facility at its Headquarters in Hethel, England has enabled Lotus to build cars at a higher volume and introduce unprecedented quality standards vital for today's demanding customer.

Arnie Johnson, Lotus Cars USA's President/CEO explains why Lotus recognizes the USA as a key market for the Elise and future models. "Our market analysis studies and surveys have overwhelmingly confirmed demand for the car. Based on customer and dealer reaction, we are very confident that the Elise will enjoy the same success here in the U.S.A. as in other markets.

The introduction of the Elise marks the beginning of a new era of growth for Lotus Cars USA as well as for our dealer network. Over the next few years we anticipate further expansion and growth with new models to follow for the U.S. market."

Lotus Cars USA will implement a plan to provide the highest quality sales and service support throughout the dealer network and add new dealers in key market areas, thereby making the brand more accessible to its expanded customer base.

 


LOTUS Model Car YEAR
LOTUS ELISE 1996-
LOTUS ELAN 1989-1994
LOTUS ESPRIT 1975-
LOTUS 7 1957-1970
LOTUS ELITE 1959-1963

 

 

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