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  • My new toy.

    Plastic...Check
    4 cylinder...Check
    DOHC...Check
    5 speed...Check
    GM connected...Check
    Different...Check
    Saturn...No





    It is a 1989 Lotus Esprit Turbo. 50K miles, Owned by the same man for 10 years (with full history over that time frame). $15.5K

    I've wanted on ever since I was in Midschool. After some hard debating on it I decided to make the plunge. For a 20 year old car it is certainly quick (0-60 in 5.1; Top speed ~156), not that is needs to be. I often find myself going under the speed limit just so more people get to see it. It is super fun just to ride around it.




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    omg. so damn hot. so what are the plans. wheels? tires and thts it?
    Do you have saturn related DXFs? Email me!

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    • #3
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      Very nice, I too have always loved the look of that car.
      1993 SW2 - Slow and Low

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      • #4
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        Originally posted by ccbenz
        omg. so damn hot. so what are the plans. wheels? tires and thts it?
        SS brake lines, SS cable lines and really that's about it. If the engine ever lets go I'll look at a Ecotech swap, but who knows if it is worth the effort. They made less than 300 Esprit Turbos and they are britsh so I'll probably have my hands busy sourcing parts and keeping it on the road. Plus I don't need to do anythig to it to make it stand out.

        It isn't really a tuner car, it is pretty high strung from the factory given its age (~230HP from 2.2L in 1989). I don't want to push the expensive to repair Lotus engine. 300HP is achieveable, but I really don't care to replace the engine; Never screw with something you don't want to replace.



        *I know I put it in the project builds area, but I couldn't find an off topic place to put it.

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        • #5
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          hmm........lotus built heads for daimler chrysler (turbo dodges)
          <br /><br />I wont bow to something that I've never seen..........I can't believe in something that doesn't believe in me....I'm not blood of your blood.....I'm no son of your god...I'm have no faith in your faith, still I find salvation<br /><br />[quote author="omgitselvisc"]im vinny's bitch i guess lol[/quote]

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          • #6
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            wow, nice find.
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            • #7
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              Originally posted by KiltedDemon94
              hmm........lotus built heads for daimler chrysler (turbo dodges)
              Yep some of the best, in particular the one used on the Masrati TC. They also did the Corvette LT4 head and worked on the ZR-1 engine. There are rumors that they had a hand in the LLO DOHC head (but I haven't found proof). Lotus hired out its engineering to a lot of different companies in order to pay the bills. Making a small number of cars by hand wasn't really been a huge money maker for them. They are now profitable building cars back them they did stuff to keep the lights on and a couple of cars rolling out.

              They were controlled by GM in the late 80s. Then parted in the mid 90s. During that time they worked with a lot of the GM sub companies. They even did suspension tuning for the Izusu Stylus, a car that almost became the Saturn (little known fact). On the plus side GM gave them access to some much needed upgrades. The ignition system and fuel system in my car is taken out of the GM catalog.

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              • #8
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                i know i know...i had a turbo dodge with the lotus t-3
                <br /><br />I wont bow to something that I've never seen..........I can't believe in something that doesn't believe in me....I'm not blood of your blood.....I'm no son of your god...I'm have no faith in your faith, still I find salvation<br /><br />[quote author="omgitselvisc"]im vinny's bitch i guess lol[/quote]

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                • #9
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                  Originally posted by ECOtec Gods
                  Consider this: 800 hp is a lot on a 2.0L motor. With 750hp, three-quarters of a thousand you're basically dealing with 6.14 hp per cubic inch. Pressures and stresses of all kinds thermal and mechanical loading across the board escalate to extreme levels. A Chevrolet 5.7-liter LS1 V8 with this much specific power (horsepower per cubic inch) would be making 2,137 hp

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                  • #10
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                    I loved that car ever since Roger Moore drove one in For Your Eyes Only.

                    Don't forget, Lotus used the same steering wheels as 1st gen Saturns too.
                    "paint matching is for the metro sexuals its like putting makeup on your car to make it look all nice and pretty" hocmedej8 on EJ8 squad

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                    • #11
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                      clean ride
                      T.P.R.............................Texas Performance Ridez<br />94' Sl2---header-2.5 exhaust no cat-intake-MSD coils----GONE(IT'S BACK)<br />99' Cadillac--stock<br />89' Ford Ranger----stock

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                      • #12
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                        So hot. I've always loved Lotus. The older ones *pre 1983* were my favorite. And that is just pure sex.
                        Amber - 1993 Saturn SW-II 1.9 MT 211,000miles -Daily Beater Whore
                        2002 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD 8.1 MT 2WD -Occasional Fuel Whore/Tow Queen.

                        Horsepower is how fast you hit the wall.
                        Torque dictates how far you take the wall with you!

                        Be careful where you go. Remember where you've been. Thats the way I see it. I'm a simple man.

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                        • #13
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                          Absolutely gorgeous. Great find.
                          -2002 Saturn SC2 - Clean, slow, low daily
                          -2008 Saab 9-7x Aero
                          -1996 Suzuki Bandit 750 swapped
                          -1998 VW Golf GTI VR6 Mid Engine LeMons car
                          -1986 RX7 - 275whp @ 10psi

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                          • #14
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                            Wait? So I go off to college, you buy a Lotus?!?!?

                            Where's the Saturn? And the Conquest? GRM Subaru? I lost your number, so perhaps you can PM me? And I will be in town this weekend, maybe we can do lunch. I will have a friend with me who is an absolute car freak and would love to see your baby.

                            And btw, confuckinggrats man! I am very jealous.

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                            • #15
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                              Originally posted by Cloud81918
                              Plus I don't need to do anythig to it to make it stand out.
                              +1

                              Drive it
                              Preventitive maintenance
                              NO mods
                              Love it
                              Jeff W.
                              Old Fella Nobody Remembers

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