Esprit X180 ( NA Turbo & SE ) 1987 to 1992

Esprit X180 ( NA Turbo & SE ) 1987 to 1992

<p><span style="font-size: large;"><strong>Lotus&nbsp;Esprit X180 ( NA Turbo &amp; SE ) 1987 to 1992</strong></span></p> <p>Lotus's halo supercar model went through some important changes in this period, and a mildly confusing range of versions! Whilst the platform remained the same as the previous Turbo HC model, the body had a complete facelift. The 70s sharp-edged wedge was rounded-off and brought up-to-date, without changes to the chassis, wheelbase or track - which was something of a miracle really. Lotus also moved to a more modern Renault gearbox and outboard rear brakes. There were N/A and Turbo versions of this 'X180' model, differentiated externally by nose and rear-window features, and different wheels. There were some variations in engine specification by market (this became more pronounced in later models). The SE model of 1989 brought a chargecooler, more power, and 911 beating performance. The N/A cars became less and less popular, and this version was quietly discontinued after 1990.</p> <p>Although the <strong>N/A</strong> and <strong>Turbo</strong> cars had different wheels at launch, they used the same size tyres; <strong>195/60VR15</strong> front, and <strong>235/60VR15</strong> rear. <span>Availability of these sizes has been a problem for some time. Lotus have, in the past, confirmed that 225/60VR15 can be fitted as a rear alternative. As a result, there is a set of Vredestein tyres available in 195 front, and 225 rear. Please contact us to confirm current availability.&nbsp;</span>From 1990 the SE fitment became standard across the range, so if your car has 15-inch front, and 16-inch rear wheels please see the SE entry.</p> <p>The <strong>SE</strong> model was built on the 'Eagle' chassis, a reference to the Goodyear tyres its staggered wheel sizes were designed for. The front wheels were 15-inch diameter, while the rears were 16-inch. The standard fitment tyres were <strong>215/50ZR15</strong> front, and <strong>245/50ZR16</strong> rear. This fitment later became standard accross the Esprit range.</p>
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