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By tim hayden
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2002 Lotus Esprit V8 2dr Coupe (3.5L 8cyl Turbo 5M)


Review

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.


Best Features

Looks, sound, interior, exclusitivity (sold 100/yr). Acceleration is eyeball flattening.


Worst Features

Transmission is the weak link but is still very good.


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'02 Esprit
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By tim hayden
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2002 Lotus Esprit V8 2dr Coupe (3.5L 8cyl Turbo 5M)


Review

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.


Best Features

Looks, Interior, exhaust, acceleration, exclusivity-only imported about 100/yr. I have seen only one on the road in my life.


Worst Features

Hard to improve on. Unfortunately last one rolled of the line in 3/04 after 27 years.


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Esprit is Fabulous!!!
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By std63
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2002 Lotus Esprit V8 2dr Coupe (3.5L 8cyl Turbo 5M)


Review

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


Best Features

Everything!


Worst Features

Low ground clearance and needs a 6 speed


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Extreme Fun
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By MK
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2002 Lotus Esprit V8 2dr Coupe (3.5L 8cyl Turbo 5M)


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


Best Features

The whole thing (right from getting in the car and feeling the heavy clutch....)Driving experience. It is man's car.


Worst Features

not much.


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A Real Review
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By Jer
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2002 Lotus Esprit V8 2dr Coupe (3.5L 8cyl Turbo 5M)


Review

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.


Best Features

Exclusivity of the V8, ability and ease of upgrading, performance, and all round useability of the car as a daily driver.(Yes it has a trunk..)


Worst Features

The only suggestion I would have to say would be to bring back Brembo brakes, a 6 speed gear box would be a great improvement as well possibly an intercooler but Extreem Esprit can fix this.


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