Cars are an art form, and few make the case as clearly as the Lotus Esprit. Originally unveiled as a concept car in 1972, the Esprit carried the flag as one of the great British supercars for more than 30 years. The Esprit’s evolution took it from a naturally-aspirated four-cylinder to the twin-turbo V8 of 2002. The internally developed all-aluminum 90-degree V8 was code-named “Type 918.” Horsepower potential was near 500, but the 918 was detuned to a very healthy 350 HP to accommodate the limitations of the transmission. In the Lotus tradition, lightness has always been a factor in its performance. Acceleration is brisk and top speeds are in excess of 175 MPH. The Esprit’s classic wedge design, now in its fifth emanation, was revamped in 1993 by designer Julian Thomson. Whether you choose the Esprit for its breathtaking performance or its timeless design, getting behind the wheel will is always a thrill.