Hammond drives the icons: Lotus Esprit
Supercar styling inside and out, pop-up headlights, ruched leather... this is the Lotus Esprit
Posted: 02 Apr 2013
This was the first turbocharged Esprit, it had a dry sump engine, the chassis and rear suspension were redesigned, and the new Giugiaro-designed aerodynamic bodykit made the whole thing look bigger, bolder and angrier. However, it struggles to sound anything special when you fire up the four-cylinder, 2.2-litre engine behind your head, and the whole thing feels fantastically dated. Plus, the gear linkage is a very long way indeed from the rifle-bolt action you might dream about... The outlandish interior creaks and groans a bit, the switchgear is clearly lifted from other, more pedestrian cars, and, after five minutes in the ruched, orange leather cocoon, you can't help but suspect you might be rolling around inside an elephant's scrotum.