Evaluation: Rare S4S model. Showing 27,522 miles and represented with $20k in service. Small rock chips on the nose and very fine cracking in one spot of the front bumper. Lightly stretched upholstery but good interior. A few scratches on the wheels. A high spec four-cylinder Esprit in great colors, lightly used and well kept.
Bottom Line: The S4 Sport (aka “S4s”) was the final and ultimate four-cylinder version of the Esprit, before the twin-turbo V8 model took up the mantle in 1996. A full 300hp and 290 lb-ft were available, impressive stuff from a 2.2-liter four-banger and in a car whose design went back about 20 years. This is a used but solid example sold for a similar amount to other used but solid examples sold within the last few years. At least in terms of purchase price, four-cylinder Esprits are one of the few decent bargains left in the world of modern exotics. You get more power from an EcoBoost Mustang these days, but that’s missing the point.