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Oh yes a 4x4 Esprit - now your talking 


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Just an R8 wannabe?

I want:

Updated wedge shape with integrated rear duck tail spoiler like the S3 turbo and Evora 410.

4.0 or 5.0l V8 with 500-550 bhp. RWD. Mid Engine. Manual. No more than 175 inches long, 80 inches wide, 47 inches high max and no more than 3000lbs in weight.

No +2. No cup holders. 

I can dream.

 


Alcohol. Sex. Tobacco. Drugs. Chocolate.  Meh! NOTHING in this world is as addictive as an Evora +0. It's not for babies!        

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The one thing a new esprit doesn’t need is a V8 engine.

they tried that and frankly it didn’t sell well last time. 4 pot and two small turbos would be just nice

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Philistine!

 

If you can get a decent exhaust note then OK maybe, but I am not a fan at all of turbo lag so that would need to be factored in. Smooth progressive constant torque and power is fine, but pug pug boom boom not so fine.


Alcohol. Sex. Tobacco. Drugs. Chocolate.  Meh! NOTHING in this world is as addictive as an Evora +0. It's not for babies!        

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Aww come on that's a bit unfair. They don't sound good stock, but they harken from a time before sport mode and valve systems which would allow noise at WOT. 

I think the 4-pot Esprits have a magical growl to them with a sports catalyst and a hollow back box. I can definitely identify it a mile away. That and the sewing machine sound of the engine.

The V8's without a backbox also sound great, but it's not an Italian sound or a Big Block sound. It's its own thing, and that I think matters a bit more.

The whole "Esprits have a bad engine note/V8 sounds like two 4 pots together" thing is a carry over from piss-poor and biased motor journalism of yesteryear, like the LOTUS acronym...

If they sounded so bad, how come I always get complimented on the sound by people?

On 23/05/2018 at 21:37, Barrykearley said:

Two turbos - lag gone.

the Esprit needs to be back to its roots

So completely dead below 2700 rpm then a murderous shove at 3000 rpm?! I'M IN. MORE LAG MORE LAG! It's about time a manufacturer brought back widow-maker style turbo lag like the F40 had. Time to wake up the generation that has grown lazy and accustomed to drive-by-wire-steer-by-wire-autopilot cars. 

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I think it has to have at least 8 Cylinders to be 'seen' as a Supercar by the wider community. The flagship Lambo will always aim for a V12 whilst they can. It makes the appeal of a proper Supercar more hairy chested. And yes theres the noise too! I have to say though the GT430 Evora sounds immense although every reviewer I've seen and read persist in still refering it to being Camry-engined.... Seems its a bit like the Marina handles syndrome.

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American V8 is the best sounding exhaust note. Ford has the edge over Chevy (which is hard to admit for a Chevy man).

Oh, and the Lexus LFA is sublime.

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2 hours ago, Chillidoggy said:

Oh, and the Lexus LFA is sublime.

A friend of mine has just bought an LFA, he preferred the Evora in terms of looks and drive, but the lack of "toys" as he calls them was the deciding factor. Lotus will need to up its game in the "toys" department in a new Esprit if it wants to compete at the top level.received_10215837110460143.thumb.jpeg.3a194ac80c4e5da3e41ae8631cccd10f.jpeg

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MJK's MES (Mid-Engined Supercar) programme, the new Esprit, was destined to use the LFA engine. At the Edinburgh Evora launch in 2009, when Roger Becker and Russell Carr visited MMC with the car, Russell explained that they were having to re-engineer MES as it was originally specified with a BMW V8. Or it may have been the other way round, my memory ain't what it used to be....

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5 hours ago, Chillidoggy said:

American V8 is the best sounding exhaust note. 

Agree. My personal all time favourite is the 351 Cleveland in the DeTomaso Pantera. Best Idle ever. 


Vanya Stanisavljevic '91 Esprit SE | '91 Elan SE | '97 XK8

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There’s a programme on Netflix I think which shows the development of the 2015 Mustang, and how they went through about 100 different exhaust systems before they settled on the one. At the end of the programme, there’s two guys racing around a track in a Shelby version (neither of which can stop laughing out loud), and the exhaust note is AWESOME! 

I’ll have to see if I can find it again.


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I was always a fan of the Renault Alpine.But when i saw the new Alpine A110 i think they should have left it as it was.It doesnt matter which engine is installed when it looks like this.Its a clone between a Celica and Scirocco.

As known,tastes differ 😂

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Has nothing to do with the Esprit. But the new Alpine A110 in the flesh is quite a nice car similar to the Elise or better.

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I love the sound of my 4 banger roaring. It’s what an Esprit is all about.

v8 engines are lovely - but not in an Esprit - bang them in a jaaag

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1 hour ago, Barrykearley said:

 v8 engines are lovely - but not in an Esprit -

But but but, 

What about a dry sump Esprit..... Lightweight compact 4.0 V8 Twin turbo, 209kg, (lighter than most 4 pots) 550bhp, if only Geely had access to the Mercedes parts bin, doesn't sound too shabby either.Screenshot_2018-05-24-22-51-18.thumb.png.c374bf2ebe2fb8dca3f2a777701b5599.png

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Isn't that the LC 500 Steve? An LFA would be somewhat pricier than any Evora!

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It may well be Neil, I'm certainly not a Lexus guy, I virtually begged him to bag an Evora, (which was well within his company car price range believe it or not).

I'll Google LFA later, if this isn't one then I've never seen one, but I doubt it's going to be anything special, I've yet to see what I would consider to be a beautifully designed Japanese car.

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Googled....... YEP as expected, pig ugly slab sided slanty lighted angular Japanese unflowing design. 

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I'm no Jap fan but the engine is to die for. It was basically a de-tuned F1 unit - it was done at the same plant where Toyota's then F1 unit were.

It sounds awesome!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9qYCUjrrYs

Even so thats not a bad Company car!

 

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