The new Esprit S features a 228bhp Lotus engine with multi-point fuel injection and catalytic convertor fitted as standard. Running on unleaded fuel, the Esprit S can achieve 155mph where driving conditions and regulations permit. An anti-lock power brake system is now standard equipment for all 1991 Esprits.
Mid-mounted Lotus 2.2 litre (910s) aluminium alloy 16-valve DOHC
Multi-point fuel injection with alternating double-fire injectors
Maximum power: 228bhp @ 6500rpm
Maximum torque: 218 lb ft @ 4000rpm
0-60mph: 5.2 seconds (0-100km/h 5.5 seconds)
0-100mph: 12.7 seconds (0-160km/h 12.6 seconds)
5-speed all synchromesh transaxle with hydraulically operated clutch driving rear wheels
Rigid steel zinc-coated backbone chassis, fitted aerodynamic impact resistant composite bodywork, providing seating for two. Guaranteed against corroation for 8 years.
Independent by upper and lower wishbones, with anti roll bar, coil springs and telescopic shock absorbers
Independent by upper and lower transverse links, with radius arms, coil springs and telescopic shock absorbers. Aluminium hub carriers
Dual circuit, full power actuated with three-channel electronic anti-lock brakes (ABS).
10.2" dia ventilated front discs
10.8" dia solid rear discs
front: 7J alloy fitted Goodyear Eagle 215/50 ZR15 Steel braced High Speed Tyres
rear: 8.5J alloy fitted Goodyear Eagle 245/50 ZR16 Steel braced High Speed Tyres
Government Fuel Comsumption Test Results:
Fuel Tank Capacity: 16 gallons (73 litres)
Fuel requirement: 95 Ron minimum octane UNLEADED
The standard equipment for the Esprit S includes 'glassback' tailgate for reduced aerodynamic drag, tilt/removeable sunroof, electric windows, central door locking, electrically adjustable heated door mirrors, front foglamps and adjustable rake seats with leather and tweed upholstery.Optional Equipment:
The Esprit S can be purchased with a range of options including air conditioning, glass sunroof, audio equipment and full leather interior.
Lotus Esprit S
by Martin Lewis (Yahoo! member and Esprit owner)
It was the short lived mid-ranking Turbo from 1990. It was a three car line up (the N/A was reaching the end of its shelf life by then). The basic 215bhp Turbo, 228bhp Turbo S, and my favourite, the Turbo SE. The Turbo S appeared in the Autumn of 1990 and could be yours for a mere £39K, so it was priced pretty much midway between the other two cars.
It had a GMP4 fuel injection and was primarily aimed at the European market. It had the same features as the 215Bhp car plus, fog lamps, adjustable tweed seats and half leather interior. 0-60 in 5.2 seconds and a max speed of 155mph (250kph). Have only ever seen a couple of examples. I think if you could afford the S you could afford the SE.
Just to throw a little more light on the 1991 model range as I used to own a 91 spec car. As already has been said there were 3 models. The 'Esprit', the 'Esprit S' and the 'Esprit SE'. All 3 models used the SE chassis so had 15" front wheels and 16" rear wheels. They all had the SE suspension and settings as a result. They also all had ABS. The Esprit used the 215 bhp on carbs engine, the S the 228 bhp injected engine that I believe was the old US spec engine and the SE used the charge cooled 264 bhp version which was to become the only engine available. The N/A version was no longer available as an option. The Esprit used the old N/A body and therefore had the single glass rear window and the simple slated rear valance, the S used the old turbo body and the SE the SE body. Interior wise the Esprit and the S had the old turbo interior, i.e. the 2 spoke steering wheel and the old style seats. The SE had the 3 spoke wheel and the SE sports seats.
On the Esprit and S leather, glass sunroof, air con and radio fitting kits were all extras. I think both the Esprit and S were ways of using up old model parts by Lotus. As a result these 91 model versions were extremely rare with only a very few produced of each model.
In 91 I was trying to part ex a 82 N/A S3 which I had owned for 9 years and I was offered both an S from Norfolk Motors and an Esprit from Moorlands of Blackpool (the Lotus dealer for the NW in those days) with reasonable deals. In the end I went for the Esprit as I did not want the complexity of injection and cats for very little gain in performance and in those days I lived in the NW so it was more convenient.
The car was Calypso red with full sand leather, air con and a glass sunroof. As a result of a warranty claim it ended up with the SE seats as the old turbo seats were no longer available. If I remember correctly I think it was my old S3 + £25K. I think the invoice said the 'discounted' price I paid was around £34k and the full list price was £37k. Out of Interest, 10 years later when I sold it and bought the V8GT as a new import from Belgium, I only paid £37k so that is not bad inflation in my mind!