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2000 Lotus Esprit V8 Review
An uncommon sport coupe.
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The 2000 Lotus Esprit V8 represents a greatly improved vehicle, one that still competes with Porsche and Ferrari for the best sport coupe on the road. The Lotus Esprit V8 offers a lot of acceleration power, fine steering, and high-quality brakes that give the driver a fun and thoroughly satisfying experience.
Still, the cockpit seems a bit small, and in many ways the chassis shows its age. Minimal changes in 2001 set the Esprit V8 far behind the competition. However, if you can afford this brilliant vehicle bystanders will turn their head to watch you speed by.
Engines: 3.5-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed manual
Models: Lotus Esprit V8
The 2000 Lotus Esprit V8 has new brakes, trading out the old Brembo brakes for special race-quality calipers. Major improvements to the engine ensure better torque distribution while driving at slower speeds, which greatly increases steering and handling response.
The 2000 Esprit V8 has an incredible design, which marks the main reason so many consumers go for it over the Porsche 911. The famous Italian designer Giugiaro designed the Lotus Esprit V8. The 2000 Lotus Esprit V8 has a distinct wedge shape design that makes it stylish and aerodynamic. Air scoops at the front of the car are functional, cooling the brakes when driving at high speeds. It has a beautiful wing attached to the rear, as well, for a super sporty look. Standard features include remote power locks, power mirrors, and heated mirrors.
The 2000 Lotus Esprit V8 gives you the kind of interior you would expect from a sport coupe: small and impractical. With only two seats, it does not accommodate a family by any means. Even though the cockpit fits two passengers, taller drivers may find that they have a hard time getting comfortable. A lot of nice standard features make the cockpit a bit more friendly than some of the other coupes on the market.
Standard interior features include air-conditioning, alloy and leather trim on the center console, alloy trim on the steering knob, a leather steering wheel, front floor mats, a passenger vanity mirror, a tachometer, a clock, a front console with storage, an in-dash CD player, and best of all, an Alpine premium brand audio system–one of the best on the market.
Performance & Handling
The Lotus Esprit V8 comes equipped with a 32-valve, 3.5-liter V-8 that produces 350 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Lotus designs and manufactures the engine. The engine weds with a five-speed manual transmission that transfers power to the rear wheels.
One of the best things about the Lotus Esprit V8 concerns its acceleration power. The 2000 Lotus Esprit V8 can go 175 mph and accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. However, many drivers complain that the Lotus Esprit V8 does not have the same, beautiful engine note that the Ferrari exhibits.
Lotus makes a lot of improvements to this engine, if you can forgive the engine note problem. The engine computer gets recalibrated to increase and improve torque delivery during acceleration, making the car really fly. Also, this improves handling and power when driving in slower, recreational areas. Also, the brakes swap out Brembo brakes for high-performance AP racing competition four-piston fixed brake calipers with upgraded disc brakes. This ensures that, even when flying at high speed, you can stop on a dime.
All these improvements make the Lotus Esprit V8 one of the best handling sport coupes on the market.
The 2000 Lotus Esprit V8 comes equipped with four-wheel anti-lock brakes, an anti-theft alarm system, front and rear ventilated disc brakes, an engine immobilizer, front fog lights, auto delay-off headlamps, dusk-sensing headlamps, two front headrests to prevent whiplash, and electronic brake force distribution. The NHTSA and the IIHS have not performed crash tests on the Lotus Esprit V8.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Great steering
- Fantastic acceleration
- Looks fantastic
You Won't Like
- Dated chassis
- Lacks visibility
- Lacks room
An uncommon sport coupe.
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