The second ride on the list is a early 90’s Lotus Esprit SE. The Lotus Esprit is another long-running model in the car world, (1976-present.) The most famous version of the Esprit was seen in the James Bond movie, The Spy Who Loved Me, where Roger Moore pushed a button and turned his Lotus into a bonafide submarine.
While unfortunately this option didn’t exist, the Lotus will not leave you disappointed. This car was blindingly fast for it’s time and will still cream just about anything on the road today. The engine’s power to cylinder output is astonishing! The 1990 model put out 280HP at max boost which propels this car 0-60mph in 4.5 seconds and has a top speed of 160mph! And it’s a 2.2L 4-cylinder!
The performance of this vehicle isn’t the only draw. The Lotus Esprit resembles a miniature Lamborghini and the Lotus brand is one of those car companies that everyone seems to know and respect. The interior is awash in leather upholstery and exudes 80’s Miami coke dealer, and it’s only a 2-seater, so you don’t have to worry about ever having a third wheel on board.
The only cons of this car I can find are going to be maintenance. Parts are probably rare, and the way the engine is shoehorned into the body and surrounded by sheet-metal looks like it would take a weekend just to change the oil. So, if you are handy with a wrench, and you have at least one other vehicle this may be your performance ride for special occasions.
1990 Lotus Esprit SE
2.2 Liter Inline-4 Cylinder Engine
0-60 mph 4.5 seconds
1/4 mile 12.9 seconds
original price: $80,000+
current price: $12,000+