Comparing a familay car isn't irrelevant, as there are plenty of ugly family cars around, I'm simply making the point the looks aren't determined by price and vice/versa. As for that Esprit, it wouldn't be close to £170k today, if you account for inflation it's perhaph £85k in 2019, so fair enough it's not as cheap as this Corvettes US price, but still budget compared to general supercar prices. For reference though the Crovette C7 starts at £65.5k here in the UK which is about $82k USD so the UK prices and US prices can't be compared, they are different markets and invariably we pay far more for cars here than you do in the US which is a shame.
Sure they are through development costs and implementation. If you don't think the ZR1's added price isn't an impact from developing the astetics to what they are, which is dramatically different than the base C7 or for other similar cases then you're in denial. There are other factors of course but this is one of them. A family car isn't getting nearly as much R&D effort into it as that of a sport/super/hyper car.
Yes the Espirit from 95 would be 170k USD today. I'm not using the British Pound and you shouldn't think it's universal. I found the price it was slated for at that time for the U.S. then used an inflation calculator. As for being a budget? It was only a budget compared to other European Sport cars, in America it was expensive and in reality you could get a 911 with better performance for less. As for price differential you pay far more, for imported cars due to import tax on said goods. It's not that you necessarily pay more than us and no one is comparing. I'm going to use what is familiar to me (USD obviously) and you'll the do the same and have. Point being it wasn't a budget car in this market and perhaps others.
Going back to the Esprit and mid-90's, you couldn't buy a new Ferrari in 1995 for £45k. For reference, a Ferrari 355 in 1994 was £82.5k which would be in the region of £161k in todays money, so there's no comparison, the Lotus was cheap for a supercar in it's day. My point stands, looks are not determined by price and price is not determined by looks, the Corvette is ugly IMO and that has nothing to do with it's price.
I'm aware of this, but when you have this market and not just the UK it was not cheap. The 911 was less, the Viper was less, the Corvette was less. And not your point doesn't stand. If your point stood engineer teams would have blank check resources as far as looks and functionality with said looks and still achieving low prices. I'm not saying the car looks the best ever, what I'm saying is the car is a simple base because it will be improved on as the more super car oriented versions come out. With the chance of a Halo version down the line. And as such the price will go up as well with one of the reasons being enhanced looks.[/QUOTE]