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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 14/21 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2002 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, resale value drops like a stone.

  • What's New for 2002

    The Esprit enters this year unchanged.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (13 total reviews)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Over 3 yrs ownership

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Vehicle: 2002 Lotus Esprit V8 2dr Coupe (3.5L 8cyl Turbo 5M)

I have driven it daily for over 3 yrs and has been extremely reliable. I am so use to people making double takes when they see it on the road that it feels strange on the rare occasion when it does not occur. The performance is way beyond what I can explore and the exhaust note with the center exit U.S. exhaust is phenomenal and sounds only like exotic european cars can. The interior is very intimate and memorable and feels very nice once settled in. I think the exterior is one of the most beautiful, exotic shapes to date and still looks modern after all these years. I have owned Porsches and Ferraris and this is the most satisfying car yet. Don't be scared to take the plunge and get one.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

'02 esprit

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Vehicle: 2002 Lotus Esprit V8 2dr Coupe (3.5L 8cyl Turbo 5M)

Bought it 2 weeks ago. Have owned a Boxster, 911, Ferrari 308 Quattrovalve and a Testarossa and I go out to the garage at night just to look at this one more than the others. The interior is gourgeous in tan and the wheels are the most beautiful I have ever seen. The twin turbo acceleration is the best I've ever driven and the exhaust is pleasantly loud. Major service is maybe $1200 and was $5000 on the Testarossa. Other accessories and parts much more reasonable also. I am using as everyday driver and I fully expect it to be reliable.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Esprit is fabulous!!!

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Vehicle: 2002 Lotus Esprit V8 2dr Coupe (3.5L 8cyl Turbo 5M)

After having both a Ferrari 355 and 360, I can say that the esprit is the best car out there for the money!! This thing just goes and is much more exclusive than a Ferrari




Extreme fun

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Vehicle: 2002 Lotus Esprit V8 2dr Coupe (3.5L 8cyl Turbo 5M)

Esprit got a Fantastic look and good performance.It is different,but fun to drive and giving me so much driving pleasure.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

A real review

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Vehicle: 2002 Lotus Esprit V8 2dr Coupe (3.5L 8cyl Turbo 5M)

In my opinion as a long-time Porsche owner I can make an honest comparison. I feel that from 1998 onwards the Esprit is a very usable and reliable car that is even more fun to drive then then nearly every Porsche, Ferrari 355, corvette and a viper. I have had nothing but pleasure without any headaches. Keep care of the Exclusive Lotus and it will keep good care of you. From reading some reviews, it is painfully obvious that the ratings are performed by individuals that have never owned any of the cars but just had an hour or so of driving.




Alward's car

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Vehicle: 2002 Lotus Esprit V8 2dr Coupe (3.5L 8cyl Turbo 5M)

CD player and xboxexterior ddesign is very nice in the back



Full 2002 Lotus Esprit Review

What's New for 2002

The Esprit enters this year unchanged.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 14
  • cty
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  • 21
  • highway
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