Width: 1860mm (73.2")
Height: 1150mm (45.3")
Length: 4330mm (170.5")
Weelbase: 2438mm (96.0")
Front Track: 1524mm (60.0")
Rear Track: 1554mm (61.2")
Ground Clearance: 146mm (5.8") approx. (Below Rad. Duct)



Cylinders: Four in line
Capacity: 2174cc
Type: Lotus 910
Bore/Stroke: 95.3mm (3.75") x 76.2mm (3.00")
Max Power: 264bhp/197kW @ 6500rpm (DIN 70020)
Max Torque: 261 lb ft/354Nm @ 3900rpm (DIN 70020)
Max Engine Speed: 7400rpm
Idle Speed: 1000rpm
Block: Aluminium alloy.
Head: Aluminium alloy.
Pistons: Forged aluminium, chromium plated crowns.
Cylinder Liners: Aluminum Nikasil coated wet liners.
Valve Gear: Dohc, belt-drive four valves per cylinder Sodium filled exhaust valves.
Compression Ratio: 8.0:1
Firing Order: 1-3-4-2
Turbocharger: Garrett T3 .63 with 0.42 Compressor, watercooled with integral wastegate.
Boost Pressure: 0.85bar (12.4 psi) maximum.
Oil Pressure (Hot): Not below 0.34 bar at idle, 2.4 at 3500rpm, 3.1 at 6500rpm.
Catalyst: Ceramic matrix, two brick design.
Chargecooler: Engine mounted intake chargecooler with independent mechanically driven liquid cooling system. Front mounted chargecooler heat exchanger.
Fuel System: Electronic multi-point fuel injection with boost control and incorporating knock sensing and self-diagnosis capability.
Fuel: Unleaded, 95 RON minimum octane rating.
Ignition: Electronic distributorles twin-coil.
Ignition Timing: 8 Degrees BTDC at hot idle.
Spark Plug Type: NGK BPR6EKN
Spark Plug Gap: 1.0 +/- 0.1mm
Valve Clearance Inlet (Cold): 0.13 - 0.18mm
Valve Clearance Exhaust (Cold): 0.25 - 0.31mm
Thermostat: 82 degrees Celcius
Engine Oil Capacity (Including Filter): 6.5 Litre / 13.7 US Pt Dry, 5.4 Litre / 11.4 US Pt Refill.
Difference Between High And Low Dipstick Marks: 0.85 Litre / 1.8 US Pt.
Chargecooler System Capacity: 4.0 Litre / 8.4 US Pt.



Max speed: 165 mph/265km/h

0-100 km/h/0-60mph: 4.7secs
0- 160 km/h/0- 100mph: 11.9secs

Fourth gear
80-120 km/h/50-70mph: 3.8secs
110-150 km/h/70-90mph: 4.8secs

Fifth gear
110-150 km/h/70-90mph: 6.5secs
140-180 km/h/90-110mph: 7. 1 secs

Pressure (Cold):

Speed km/h (mph) Pressure Bar (lb/in2)
Front Rear Spare
Up to 190 (118) and short durations at higer speed: 1.8 (26) 1.8 (26) 2.0 (30)
Sustained 190 - 240 (118 - 149): 2.3 (34) 2.3 (34) -
Sustained 240 - 270 (149 - 168): 2.6 (38) 2.6 (38) -


Type: Five-speed, all-synchromesh manual transaxle.
Clutch: Hydraulically operated, 234.9mm single plate diaphragm.
Capacity: 3.0 Litre / 6.3 US Pt




















Final Drive: 3.889



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.



Type: Rack-and-pinion
Chassis Height Below Chassis Front Cross-Member For Checking Suspension Geometry: 170mm front and back
Camber (Front): -0.2, +0, -0.5
Camber (Rear): -0.5, +/-0.25
Castor: +1.0, +0.5, -0 (within 0.5 side to side)
Toe In (Front): +0.1 to 1.9mm overall
Toe In (Rear): +1.5mm each side; +/- 0.5mm
Ratio: 15.4:1
Turns lock-to-lock: 3.0
Turning circle: 36ft / 10.97 metres (between kerbs)
Steering Axis Inclination: 9degree 23' nominal



Front: 10.2" / 259mm dia ventilated discs
Rear: 10.8" / 274mm dia outboard discs
Actuation: Dual hydraulic circuits plit front/rear. Vacuum servo.
Circuit: Split front and rear
Parking Brake: Cable operation of rear calipers, self adjusting.



Wheels: Lotus-styled O.Z. Route seven-spoke alloy wheels
Front: 7J x 15ins
Rear: 8.5J x 16ins
Front tyres: Goodyear Eagle 215/50 ZR 15
Rear tyres: Goodyear Eagle 245/50 ZR 16
Spare tyre: 175/70 R 14



Tanks: Centrally mounted twin tanks
Capacity: 16.0 gallons (19.3 US gallons) / 73 litres
Capacity: Twin, electrically-operated fuel filler caps mounted on rear body flanks.



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 radiator, airconditioning condenser and main engine cooling radiator. Two side-mounted oil coolers.
Capacity: 12 Litre / 25 US Pt



Polarity: Negative earth
Alternator: Valeo 90amp
Fuses: Front, 35. Rear, 5.
Headlights: Four circular 152mm units. Electrically-operated headlamps pods.
Foglamps: Two square halogen high intensity units
Battery: Low maintenance, 340amp cold crank DIN, 620amp cold crank SAE.
Harness: 'Ristex' thinwall cable.



Imp mpg

Metnc 1/100 km




56 mph



75 mph



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
Air conditioning
Power wiwndows
Power door locks
Heated rear window
Power fuel filler caps
Heated electric remote control side view mirrors
Delay safety light system
Three phase ice warning system
Tinted glass
Dual removable roof panels, one glass, one body color matched, with removable air deflector and storage bag
Glassback tailgate with aerodynamic rear wing
Supplemental inflatible restraint system
Optional audio equipment including Sony am/fm stereo with casette player or cd player and 4 speakers
Single wiper with two speeds plus intermittent
Screen wash by two single eyeball high flow jets
Warning lights include: oil pressure, cooling fans, coolant level, low fuel, screen wash level, emissions system malfunction.
Facia Rheostat.
Speedometer incorporating odometer and tripmeter, tachometer, boost pressure, oil pressure, oil temperature, coolant temperature, fuel guages.
Digital clock






Factory: £35157.17 ($64,380.49)
Tax: £2929.79 ($5,363.98)
Recommended Retail: £43800.00 ($80,094.77)

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.

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.

Specific changes:

Esprit Turbo 'S.E.' (Chargecooler): 82/F – 5000 May '89
Same as '89 M.Y. cars except:

* Air/water charge air cooled turbo engine with Lotus/Delco fuel injection
* Increased Horsepower from 228hp to 280bhp.
* Boost increased to 12.4psi
* 16" rear wheels and Goodyear Eagle tires (Front 215/50ZR15 on 7inch wheels. Rear 245/50ZR16 on 8.5inch wheels.)
* Revised suspension geometry
* Restyled front spoiler (more "square-ish" and has 5 openings; the outermost openings are for the twin oil coolers, which non-SE's do not have. Also an air duct on each side of the air dam, ahead of the front wheels for oil cooler exhausts.)
* Restyled side sill ducts (parallel to body, not scalloped or "pinched-in" at mid-door)
* Strut mounted rear spoiler. (Most non-SE's do not have rear wings.)
* All leather interior. Replaced "overlapping leather strip" look with more refined stitching on center console, seats and doors.

Commonisation of 'Eagle Chassis': May '89
N.A. RHD 85 D 3582
Turbo RHD 82 D 3587
N.A. & Turbo LHD 85/82 D 1152
USA spec. RHD 82/F - 2728
USA spec. LHD 82/F - 2749
Same as '89 M.Y. cars except:

* 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.

Specific changes:

'91 Model Year Esprit, Esprit 'S' & Esprit 'S.F.': M 0001 October '90
U.K. only - Carburetor Turbo (Esprit)
U.K. only - M.P.F.I. Turbo (Esprit 'S')
Export - M.P.F.I. Turbo (Esprit)
Worldwide - Chargecooled M.P.F.I. Turbo (Esprit S.E./Esprit)
SE' designation dropped for chargecooler cars in non-USA LHD markets to avoid trademark infringement.
(N.A. model discontinued)
Same as 'Eagle Chassis' or Esprit Turbo S.E. except:

* ABS brakes.
* Carburetor model has open back tailgate, 4-slot rear valance (as previous N.A.), and 'no fogs' front spoiler.


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.

Specific changes:

'92 Model Year Esprit & Esprit 'S.E.' N 0001 October '91
U.K. only - Carburettor Turbo (Esprit)
Worldwide - Chargecooled M.P.F.I. Turbo (Esprit S.E./Esprit) 'SE' designation dropped for chargecooler cars in non-USA LHD markets to avoid trademark infringement.
Same as '91 M.Y. cars except:

* Increased interior space with revised pedal box and interior trim, wider door opening (9 inches).
* C/cooler models; open back tailgate with oval vents, high mounted spoiler, front spoiler bib.
* Carb. model; 'S.E.' type sills.


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 wing, but taller and at more of an angle.
* Except for commemorative editions, the 1993MY was the first USA Stevens' model without the glassback design.
* Revolution alloy 5-spoke wheels in painted black with a polished silver lip. These are one-piece clones/imitations of the 16" three-piece wheels found on the X180R race variant and street version limited edition.
* A front rubber lip spoiler to protect the underside of the front valance.


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
* S4-style interior with (slightly) more head, leg, and shoulder room. Window controls mounted on the center console.
* Flush, body-colored, vertically operating exterior door handles instead of the old black horizantal operating handles.
* Wider opening doors.
* A clutch line that routed across the front of the transmission to the passenger's side. The 93 runs straight back the driver's side.