15k: Turbocharged Beast: 1989 Lotus Esprit Turbo

The Lotus Esprit Turbo is a bargain supercar on the market today.  You can’t touch a Lamborghini or Ferrari for the same price and while the Lotus does use a simple 4-cylinder engine for motivation, its turbo equalizes the performance gap and 99% of the people on the road aren’t going to know anyway….and frankly impressing random people is sort of the point of a supercar – not actual performance.  Find this 1989 Lotus Esprit Turbo offered for $14,700 in Irving, TX via craigslist.

The Lotus Esprit looks the part of supercar in any generation, but the Peter Stevens redesign (1987-1993) is our favorite, because it maintains some of the crispness of the earlier design and doesn’t quite become a study in scoops that is the 1994-2004 Julian Thompson redesign.

Behind the driver’s seat is a 2.2 liter Lotus type 910 inline-4, turbocharged and intercooled, good for 264 horsepower and  261 ft-lbs of torque.  Zero to 60 is obliterated in 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 159 mph is impressive for 1989.

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