Why Lotus took 21 years to put a V8 in the Esprit | Coming Soon

Photography Credit: Dirk de Jager

Why didn’t Lotus put a V8 in the Esprit from the get-go? And why did the V8 only become an option in 1996, when the mid-engine sports car was available since the mid-‘70s?

To find out why, we asked none other than the former owner of Lotus, Romano Artioli.

What did he have to say? You’ll have to read it for yourself in the upcoming March 2022 issue of Classic Motorsports.

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