Lotus Esprit V8 – Review – V8 – maybe just too much?

26 Mar 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Lotus Esprit V8 – Review – V8 – maybe just too much?
Lotus Esprit

Lotus Esprit


Advantages: It is a really cool Lotus

Disadvantages: It#39;s still just a Lotus

My 4th (and last) Esprit cost me far and away the most and with hindsight gave me the least pleasure.

May be I should have run it on the track. May be the Ј60k price tag led me to expect too much. Mat be it could never live up to its fantastic looks and jaw-dropping performance.

The 4-pot Turbo Esprit that I had prior to the V8 served well for 3 years and gave me few hassles after an initial problem with the clutch. When I p-ex#39;d it for the V8 I had high hopes. Within 1000 miles I started having problems. The cat#39;s were vibrated so much by the engine that they fell apart and blocked the exhaust. Max speed 30mph until the AA took the car away to the dealer.

Next the exhuast cracked. There were various modifiactions and replacement parts fitted by Lotus, but the car never really settled down.

For the outside viewer the V8 was the best. As an owner, I hardly got to enjoy it. So much power. Wow. 3 gear 80 mph was hardly pushing the motor.

And the engine management only feeds through full power in top gears! So every time I pulled away I was left frustrated that there was so much power left to play with that never got used.

Servicing is certainly something I would leave to a dealer. That is not that I rate the dealers particularly, but just that even changing the plugs involves removing protective watertight covers.

If you like your music, then the V8 may fail to impress. All my Esprit#39;s suffered from inadequate sound systems. Ironically, the best set up I had was in my first S3 with a bass speaker tucked under a seat.

Even after I fitted door speakers to the V8 things did not sound much better.

I have always found the driving position suited me fine (medium-heavy build, 5#39;8). The off-set pedals never gave any trouble. The cockpit of the V8 was a good balance between luxury and function.

Service costs were acceptable, but I was always worried about possible continued mechanical failu

re outside warranty. That probably contributed to the eventual sale after 2-3 years of ownership.

Now I have my Eslise, I realise just how much the V8 had detracted from enjoying driving. The Ј10k pa depreciation I suffered didn#39;t help either!

I think the V8 had a tough job cut out to live up to my expectations, but where it failed most was that it was just not reliable. Trying to sell it through a dealer was also depressing, as all I got to hear was about all the problems with V8#39;s.

Do I miss the car? Yes.

Would I buy another? Maybe one day, when someone else has paid for the depreciation and if my wife will let me!

Should you buy one? Make sure you get to know it well before hand, and that your pockets are deap enough!

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