1995 Lotus Esprit

  • 1995 Lotus Esprit S4S Coupe

    S4S Coupe

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      2.2L I4
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1995 Lotus Esprit Review

Classic supercar style and performance.

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The 1995 Lotus Esprit first hit the roads in the United Kingdom in 1976. This stylish sports car is molded from an Italdesign concept and is based on a stretched-out chassis from the Lotus Europa. It features Italdesign designer Giorgetto Giugiaro’s innovative, origami-inspired, polygonal design. This year’s model is a continuation of the 1993 remodeling by designer Julian Thompson. Two models are available in 1995: The basic S4 and the S4S, also known as the S4 Sport.

The 1995 Lotus Esprit is a true status symbol with a proud history that includes roles in a couple different James Bond films, along with a number of other movies. This coupe is full of exotic fun and spirit; a true supercar that’s sure to bring admiration on the road.

The Range

Body Styles: coupe
Engines: 2.2-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual
Models: Lotus Esprit S4, Lotus Esprit S4S

What's New

The 1995 Esprit S4S makes its debut in 1995. This sportier model boasts greater horsepower and muscle, along with improved performance all around. While the S4S’s engine is the same size as the S4’s, a number of modifications provide increased maximum speed and faster acceleration. A large rear wing has also been added to the S4S’s exterior.


The 1995 Lotus Esprit’s unique ""folded paper"" design comes from the table of famed Italdesign Designer Giorgetto Giugiaro. While some of the lines have been softened, lengthened, or re-angled over the years, its fine pedigree is still unmistakable with its sleek, muscular body. It sits on alloy wheels with standard exterior features, including power windows and a rear window defogger. The S4S also wears a rear wing.


The 1995 Lotus Esprit includes standard interior equipment, such as a tachometer, air-conditioning, a cassette player, a CD player, and leather seating. This two-door coupe is designed to carry two passengers with about as much space as expected in a sports car without much trunk space either.

Performance & Handling

The 1995 Lotus Esprit S4 and the S4S are powered by the same 2.2-liter, four-cylinder engine, but the more refined S4S’s machine enjoys 300 horsepower compared to the S4’s 264 hp. A five-speed manual transmission is paired with both models. It's wonderfully fast, and a true thrill to drive with excellent control on good road surfaces. Things get a little tougher on slick or icy roads, however.


The 1995 Lotus Esprit has front airbags for both seats. Other standard safety equipment includes power door locks.

EPA Fuel Economy

Lotus Esprit S4: 15/25 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Fine-tuned engine
  • High-profile status
  • Sharp, stylish design

You Won't Like

  • Poor traction on slippery roads

Sum Up

Classic supercar style and performance.

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