The extra 50bhp over the normal 2.2-litre Esprit comes from a Garrett T3 turbocharger, though the entire engine was re-engineered to with the additional power and torque. In 1985 the suspension was revised to use more Toyota and fewer Triumph parts, thus making it easier to keep on the road.
Giugiaro is said to have liked the new shape, claiming it was perhaps too close to his original design. The exterior changes were accompanied by a redesign of the interior that gave more space to the occupants. The revised Esprit was not given a new “Series” number but is often called by its project code of X180. Panels for the body were produced using a new process called Vacuum Assisted Resin Injection. This method, also helped increased the Esprit’s torsional rigidity by 22%.
The X180 cars inherited most of their mechanical components from the earlier cars, although the name for the forced induction model was now Esprit Turbo. 1988 model year North American Esprit Turbo models kept the Citroën transaxle and Bosch fuel injection system, whilst other X180 cars received a new Renault transaxle, which necessitated a move to outboard rear brakes. Power output of the Type 910 turbocharged engine was unchanged, but 0-60 mph acceleration times dropped to about 5.1 seconds, and top speed was over 150 mph.The Lotus line is known for its value when compared to other high line performance cars, delivering six figure performances for thousands less.
This car has some very nice gold period correct OZ Route factory wheels, and five speed manual transmission. Lotus 2.2L 4 cylinder turbocharged inter-cooled engine (which Lotus has named the Chargecooler), four-wheel disc brakes, power windows, power door locks, power and heated remote side view mirrors, removable glass roof panel, extremely aesthetic glass covered boot lid with an aerodynamic rear wing, factory air conditioning, fully independent suspension, Modern Stereo system upgrade has been fitted with connectivity and a front brake upgrade.