Produced from 1976 to 2004, the Lotus Esprit has one of the longest production runs among sports cars in the history. Many different variants were introduced, each offering improvements in the design and performance areas. In 1987, the Peter Stevens redesign gave birth to a new version of the Esprit, featuring rounder shapes than the initial model design by Giorgetto Giugiaro at Italdesign. Mechanically, the 1988 Lotus Esprit was similar to the previous high compression Esprit and Turbo Esprit, boasting the same turbocharged Type 910 with 4 cylinders and a capacity of 2.2 liters. A stronger Renault transaxle was introduced on the Peter Stevens redesign car, except for the 1988 North America Esprit Turbo, which kept its Citroen SM transaxle. The car offered an output of 215 hp and a 0-to-60 mph acceleration down to 5.4 or 5.1 seconds depending on the sources.
If you’re thinking about purchasing a classic Lotus or a very specific example of 1988 Lotus Esprit, you probably know everything there is to know about the model. However, with all the updates and revisions made to the Lotus Esprit over the years, it’s easy to get lost. The Beverly Hills Car Club team is at your disposal to help you answer any questions you may have on the model. The friendly staff often shares tips and advice on how to make the best transaction. For one, they’ll recommend to avoid models with chronic issues and poor maintenance history. Service on a 1988 Lotus Esprit can be extremely onerous and finding a good classic Lotus mechanic to do complex service operations is not an easy task.
In addition to sharing their tips, knowledge and contacts in the Lotus world, The Beverly Hills Car Club welcomes you to their Los Angeles classic car dealership to come view their current inventory of classic cars for sale. Call the team to find out about their current availabilities for 1988 Lotus Esprit models and get your adventure started!
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