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2001 Lotus Esprit Coupe

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Lotus Esprit Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.5 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 350 hp @ 6500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 15/27 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2001 Lotus Esprit

  • The hyper Esprit is not as easy to live with as an Acura NSX or Porsche 911, but it's not as common either.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Sharp steering, blinding acceleration, people on the street think it's twice as expensive as it really is.

  • Cons

    Dated chassis, minimal outward visibility, cramped cockpit.

  • What's New for 2001

    For 2001, the still-toothsome Lotus Esprit V8 is now shod in Dunlops rather than Michelins. This won't alter its ability to "corner like it's on rails," as illustriously stated by the "Pretty Woman."

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Customer Reviews

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Purple lotus

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Vehicle: 2001 Lotus Esprit V8 2dr Coupe (3.5L 8cyl Turbo 5M)

This is my 2nd Esprit, I LOVE these cars, a blast to drive and own ... but you have to WANT to drive them. They are not for the meek or shy. Maintenance is a must but is not close to other exotic cars.



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An owner's review: 2003 lotus

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Vehicle: 2001 Lotus Esprit V8 2dr Coupe (3.5L 8cyl Turbo 5M)

Frightening fast car, difficult to drive slow. Don't mean b/c u "want" to drive it fast, I mean b/c IT wants to drive fast. The gas pedal is either on or off, as is clutch. Brakes similar, risk a face plant if not careful to go gentle on pedal. Not easy to drive, but has its rewards. Downsides: (there are several), forget about getting it if you are shy, everyone WILL react to it, sometimes positively, sometimes not. This leads to things that weigh on your mind. As in, can I just park this car anywhere?(ans: no). Do I need to plan my trips? (ans: yes). The car nose is unbeleivably low. Remember this is not a Porsche911, it is a supercar.




My 2 mid life crises

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Vehicle: 2001 Lotus Esprit V8 2dr Coupe (3.5L 8cyl Turbo 5M)

only problem is the high amount of maintainence that a lotus needs but if you can afford to buy a decent esprit than you can afford to keep it on the road



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Esprit v8 is a winner

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Vehicle: 2001 Lotus Esprit V8 2dr Coupe (3.5L 8cyl Turbo 5M)

While not a well know marque, Lotus has produced one of the top supercars in the world. Handling has been described as the greatest ever. I don't disagree. Performance is unbelievable, especially with a few reasonably priced mods. This car will glue you to your seat and handle curves at speeds previously reserved for video games. The styling is not as outrageous as otherrs, but this is a car that looks much better in person than in print. Beautiful, exotic, good fuel mileage, unbelievable performance and handling for a fair price. The only flaw is that the interior, while very well made, is that of a typical British car - small and tight.



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What's New for 2001

For 2001, the still-toothsome Lotus Esprit V8 is now shod in Dunlops rather than Michelins. This won't alter its ability to "corner like it's on rails," as illustriously stated by the "Pretty Woman."

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 15
  • cty
/
  • 27
  • highway
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