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.
Looks, sound, interior, exclusitivity (sold 100/yr). Acceleration is eyeball flattening.
Transmission is the weak link but is still very good.