Continuing the series, here's a car introduced in 1976:
1976 was an odd year for the automobilephile. On the one hand, we got the Chevrolet Chevette ("It'll drive you happy"??? No, it'll drive you to drink). On the other hand, we got the Lotus Esprit. A 2.0L I4 propelled the Esprit from 0-60 MPH in 6.8 seconds, certainly not earthshattering by modern standards, but quite respectable for the time period, especially from a four-banger.
Two cinematic instances of the Esprit stand out. Certainly the submarine piloted by Roger Moore's version of James Bond in "The Spy Who Loved Me" is better known, but the version driven by Richard Gere in "Pretty Woman" is pretty famous, too. "Tell your friend his car corners like it's on rails" indeed - the handling of a Lotus Esprit is just as impressive as the acceleration.
They keep trying to bring it back (the last model ended in 2004); it'd be neat to see what could be done with modern components...
That is all.