It’s no easy task to keep a 26 year old design at the forefront of the mid-engined supercar field, but Lotus has managed to work miracles on the Esprit. For 1996, the previously four-cylinder-only Esprit gained a massive power upgrade with the introduction of the Lotus Type 918 engine. The completely in-house design isn’t related to any other engine on the planet, designed in just 18 months by Lotus’ highly experienced engine development team. Designed for longevity and modularity, with the addition of twin-turbochargers delivering 10 psi of boost, the Esprit V8 boasts 350 horsepower and 300 ft-lbs. of torque, a serious upgrade over the old turbo four. It takes less than five seconds to pass 60 mph, but just like any Lotus the Esprit’s charms are best explored in the midst of a tight corner, where the expert suspension tuning results in not only extreme handling capability, but also the confidence that the Esprit won’t step out and bite you. While the basic design has defied old age to stay competent, the revised styling brings a modern touch to the low, wide coupe.