|SE TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:|
Width: 1860mm (73.2")
Cylinders: Four in line
Max speed: 165 mph/265km/h
Type: Five-speed, all-synchromesh manual transaxle.
Styled by the Lotus Design studio, the bodyshell is manufactured by the Vacuum Assisted Resin Injection process and includes Kevlar reinforcement of the roof structure. Removable glass sunroof. Front and rear bumpers manufactured from RRIM offering protection against minor impact damage. Aerodynamic rear wing mounted on tailgate. Engine air intake located behind the rear right-hand quarter light complemented by further ducting in the lower body sills for cooling. Warm air exits via cooling slats above engine bay.
Galvanised steel backbone, guaranteed against corrosion for eight years.
Upper and lower wishbones with anti-roll bar. Coil springs co-axial with telescopic gas pressurised shock absorbers.
Upper and lower transverse links with box section trailing radius arms. Coil springs co-axial with telescopic pressurised gas shock absorbers. Aluminium hub camers.
Front: 10.2" / 259mm dia ventilated discs
WHEELS AND TYRES:
Wheels: Lotus-styled O.Z. Route seven-spoke alloy wheels
Tanks: Centrally mounted twin tanks
Stainless steel system incorporating two-part ceramic matrix catalyst, back pressure valve for rapid catalyst warm-up and acoustic exhaust muffler.
Front mounted cooling pack consisting of chargecooler
airconditioning condenser and main engine cooling radiator. Two
side-mounted oil coolers.
Polarity: Negative earth
GOVERNMENT FUEL CONSUMPTION TEST RESULTS:
Fuel rank capacity: 16.0 gallons (73 litres)
Fuel requirement: 95 RON minimum octane UNLEADED
1305kg / 2877lbs
Full leather interior with polished burr elm instrument panel
Factory: £35157.17 ($64,380.49)
|SE PRODCTION FIGURES:|
|1989: 563 (100 Delivered to USA)
1990: 698 (211 Delivered to USA)
1991: 113 (107 Delivered to USA, 20 additional Jim Clark editions and 20 additional X180R street variants also delivered to USA)
1992: 172 (3 Delivered to Canada, none to USA)
1993: 62 (All delivered to USA)
Total SE Esprits Produced: 1608 out of 10,675 total Esprits ever built, 1976 - 2004.
Total SE Esprits imported into the US: 480 out of 1608 total SE Esprits ever built, 1989 - 1993.
|SE MODEL YEAR CHANGES:|
1989 1/2MY Esprit Turbo SE
The SE Esprit was introduced in May of 1989. Many changes from the previous Turbo Esprit were done to the car.
Esprit Turbo 'S.E.' (Chargecooler): 82/F – 5000 May '89
* Air/water charge air cooled turbo engine with Lotus/Delco
Commonisation of 'Eagle Chassis': May '89
* Chargecooler type chassis and suspension, with 16" rear wheels and Goodyear Eagle tires.
90MY to 91MY Esprit Turbo SE
These were the safety years for the Esprit. The major introductions during this time were the inclusion of standard anti-lock brakes and driver side air bag. Also during this time, the driver-side a/c vents were moved to the instrument binnacle (dash). The front suspension geometry waws revised to eliminate anti-dive carachteristics reducing pitching movement and improving the ride. The caster angle was changed from 2.5 to 1 degree to improve the steering effort. The bump travel waws increased with revised bump-steer chatachteristics for better straight line stability. Stiffer front springs were added. An ice-warning light which came on once the ambient temperature dropped below five degrees Centigrade waws also added.
'91 Model Year Esprit, Esprit 'S' & Esprit 'S.F.': M 0001
* ABS brakes.
92MY Esprit Turbo SE
There were no Esprits brought into the USA for the 1992 model year. The rest of the world received the "highwing" edition featuring a normal SE-style wing, but on much taller struts and with additional support struts that attached to the top of the tailgate. The "glassback" design was replaced with an open tailgate with 2 oval vents (for engine cooling) this year. The rear tailgate window was also made larger and more angled for less reflection. The interior was upgraded with new wider (2.1 inches) seats, a lower (1.1 inch) and narrower (1 inch) center tunnel, and a rear bulkhead redisigned for 1.4 more inches of cockpit length.The pedals when not depressed were moved 2 inches further forward, the clutch pedal got an "assister" for snappier action and the throttle action was lightened by rerouting cables. A small cubby box was added under the redesigned smaller heater control panel, the heater/ac controls were made easier to adjust and the fuel flap switch was repositioned for easier access. The car also got an upgraded in-car entertainment system. The exterior recieved a black front rubber spoiler lip, Lotus logo wheel center caps and a "chargecooler" badge under the rear license plate. The tires received new tread compound. The front axle lift co-efficient was also reduced from 0.17 to 0.02 reducing understeer.
'92 Model Year Esprit & Esprit 'S.E.' N 0001 October
* Increased interior space with revised pedal box and interior
trim, wider door opening (9 inches).
93MY Esprit Turbo SE
The 93MY SE was only imported into the US and limited to 62 cars. It has the majority of the 92MY changes but also included the following changes:
* A larger SE style rear wing, similar to the standard SE
but taller and at more of an angle.
93-1/2MY Esprit Turbo SE
The 931/2MY (93.5) was a transition into the later S4 and was once again only available in the US. It included the following changes:
* Passenger side airbag