I have a 2003, and still have a safety caution sticker high up on the windshield. I left it there because it makes me laugh.
Kind of "The Red Badge of Courage".
My guess is that one of the exemptions for the Esprit relates to its severe "tumblehome" angle, making it more prone to head strikes in a side impact scenario.
If it's not snowing or icy, I see no reason not to drive the Esprit in winter, even with hi-po summer tires. This winter, I've driven either one or the other of my Esprits everyday it hasn't rained here in Seattle (which is quite a bit of driving, actually).
The Esprits, particularly the V8 are my preferred daily drivers.
Needless to say that if you buy an Esprit, you ARE a better and more vigilant driver than average, and you shouldn't expect to be in an accident-- at all, right?
With all due respect, if you're one of those people that knows or assumes that you WILL be in an accident sooner or later, and don't want to come out second best, maybe a small sports car is not what you want.