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Introduced in 1996, the Lotus Esprit V8 was powered by a bespoke 3.5 litre twin-turbo engine allied to five-speed manual transmission. With a quoted 350bhp and 295lbft of torque on tap, the two-seater was reputedly capable of 0-60mph in 4.7 seconds and 175mph. Offering a typically fine ride / handling balance courtesy of its rack and pinion steering, all independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes, the model remained in production until 2004 by which time just 1,451 are thought to have been made.
Finished in Blue with Cream hide upholstery, 'S550 SEG' is understood to have been in fine order back in 2007 when it suffered cosmetic damage, but was nevertheless classified as a Category D write-off for no other reason than Lotus were at the time unable to supply the parts required, thereby making it temporarily uneconomic to repair. Happily, the Esprit has subsequently been returned to its former glory and is these days regarded by the marque specialist vendor as having 'very good' bodywork, paintwork, interior trim, V8 engine and five-speed manual gearbox. We understand from the seller that the currently indicated mileage of c.52,000 is correct. This lusty Lotus comes complete with an MOT valid to September 22, 2016.