Lotus Esprit V8 SE '98
Lotus Esprit V8 SE '98
Appears in Gran Turismo 2
Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec
Gran Turismo 4
Gran Turismo PSP
Gran Turismo 5
Gran Turismo 6
Type in GT5 Standard
Interior in GT6 Simple
Manufacturer Lotus
Displacement 3506 cc
Drivetrain MR
Engine Lotus 918 V8
Max Power 333 BHP
Performance Points 479 PP
Max Torque 295.1 lb-ft
Length 4369 mm
Width 1883 mm
Height 1150 mm
Weight 1,380 kilograms (3,000 lb)
Power/Weight Ratio 4.14 kg (9.1 lb) per horsepower

The Lotus Esprit V8 SE '98 is a Road car produced by Lotus. It appears in every main Gran Turismo game to date since Gran Turismo 2, with the exception of Gran Turismo Sport.


There are twelve colors available for this vehicle:

  • Lotus Racing Green Metallic
  • New Aluminium Metallic
  • Deep Purple Metallic
  • Black
  • Chrome Orange Metallic
  • Calypso Red
  • Ruby Metallic
  • Azure Blue Metallic
  • Nautilus Blue Metallic
  • Monaco White
  • Titanium Metallic
  • Mustard Yellow

In-game descriptionEdit

"A luxury version of the Esprit powered by a twin-turbo V8."

The Lotus Esprit debuted in 1976 as an evolved model of the Europa. The car styling was handled by Italdesign (then being lead by G. Giugiaro) but still utilizes the traditional Lotus technique of putting a plastic body on a reinforced steel plate backbone frame. Its engine is a Lotus-tuned Ford inline-4 that was eventually expanded from a 2.0L/158 HP initial displacement to a 2.2L/161 HP in the Series 2 model.

In the 80's, more power was required for the Esprit to keep up with its rivals but there was no more room to increase displacement; so a Garrett turbocharger was installed. This was the Esprit Turbo that made its debut in 1980, with maximum output increased to 207 HP. It became 212 HP in 1986 with increased boost pressure. In 1981, the chassis of the NA models was unified with the chassis of the Turbo model, and evolved into the Series III.

In 1987, exterior changes were made to the body of the Esprit, updating the design of the Giugiaro to a self-designed, modernized style. The first turbo model to sport this new look was the Turbo HC.

The Esprit continued to evolve into the 90s with other improvements such as a fuel injection intake, but its power reached a plateau by the middle of the decade. This prompted Lotus to replace the engine with a 3.5L V8 Twin Turbo; the V8GT and the V8SE. Both of these versions can generate over 345 HP even though the GT weighs 55 kg less than the luxurious SE. In 1999, the limited edition Sports 350 model for racing homologation was released to the public. This was one of the lightest models to date, weighing in at only 1300 kg.



This car can be bought at the Lotus dealership in North City for 226,940 Credits. Racing Modifications can't be performed on this vehicle.


This car can be bought at the Lotus dealership for 106,000 Credits.


This car can be bought at the Used Car Showroom (Late '90s) for around 66,000 Credits. The exact price of the car may vary depending on the mileage.


This car can be purchased for 116,870 Credits.


As a Standard car, the Lotus Esprit V8 SE '98 can be purchased from the Used Car Dealership for 94,595 Credits. It is a Level 8 car.


This car can be purchased for 116,870 Credits. It is a simplified car.



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