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Lotus Esprit

(1975 model)

Brief specs of 1975 Lotus Esprit

2-door 2+2-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 16-valve straight (inline) engine, DOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam), 1973 cm3 / 120.4 cu in / 120.4 cu in, 119.3 kW / 160.0 hp / 160.0 hp @ 6200 rpm / 6200 rpm / 6200 rpm, 190.0 N·m / 140.1 lb·ft / 140.1 lb·ft @ 4900 rpm / 4900 rpm / 4900 rpm, manual 5-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 221 km/h / 137 mph / 137 mph top speed

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)LotusIssued from1975
ModelEspritIssued until
SerieEspritNumber made
Model familyBody construction
Model codeBody designation
ManufacturerLotusCountryUK

Bodywork

Base platformNumber of doors2
Bodywork typefixed-head coupéNumber of seats2+2
Bodywork designerCargo capacity (volume)
Passenger space (volume)Max. cargo capacity (volume)

Dimensions & Weight

Length4191 mm / 165.0 in / 165.0 inTotal (curb) weight900 kg / 1984 lb / 1984 lb
Width1861 mm / 73.3 in / 73.3 inDry weight
Height1111 mm / 43.7 in / 43.7 inLoad capacity
Wheelbase2438 mm / 96.0 in / 96.0 inGross (max.) weight
Track front1511 mm / 59.5 in / 59.5 inTowing weight
Track rear1511 mm / 59.5 in / 59.5 inWeight distribution (front)44.0 % / 44.0 % / 44.0 %
Ground clearanceFuel capacity68 l / 15.0 UK gal / 18.0 US gal
Length/wheelbase ratio1.72  

Aerodynamics

Drag coefficient (Cd, Cx, Cw)0.34Frontal area (A)1.76 m2 / 18.9 sq ft / 18.9 sq ft (est.)
Aerodynamic coefficient (Cd×A)0.60 m2 / 6.4 sq ft / 6.4 sq ft (est.)Aerodynamic resistance (Aero horse power) at 100 km/h (62 mph)14.8 kW / 19.9 hp / 19.9 hp (est.)

Engine

Engine CodeTotal number of cylinders4
Engine Typestraight (inline) Total number of valves16
Engine ManufacturerLotusValves per cylinder4
Engine constructionBore95.2 mm / 3.75 in / 3.75 in
Fuelpetrol (gasoline)Stroke69.3 mm / 2.73 in / 2.73 in
Fuel detailsBore/Stroke ratio1.37
Fuel supply2 De carbsEngine displacement1973 cm3 / 120.4 cu in / 120.4 cu in
Engine Main bearings5Unitary capacity493.25 cm3/cylinder / 30.100 cu in/cylinder / 30.100 cu in/cylinder
Cam DesignDOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam)Compression ratio9.5 : 1
SumpMax. output power119.3 kW / 160.0 hp / 160.0 hp at 6200 rpm / 6200 rpm / 6200 rpm
AspirationnaturalMax. torque190.0 N·m / 140.1 lb·ft / 140.1 lb·ft at 4900 rpm / 4900 rpm / 4900 rpm
Compressor typeN/AMaximum rpm
IntercoolernoMax. net output (power at the wheels)59.3 kW / 79.5 hp / 79.5 hp (est.)
CoolantwaterSpecific output60.5 kW/l / 1.329 bhp/cu in / 1.329 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converternoSpecific torque96.3 N·m/l / 0.84 lb·ft/cu in / 0.84 lb·ft/cu in

Transmission

Transmission typemanualNumber of gears5
Wheel driverear wheel driveTop gear (drive) ratio0.76
  Final gear (drive) ratio4.38

Performance

Acceleration 0-50 mph (80 km/h)4.90 s / 4.90 s / 4.90 sTop (maximal) speed221 km/h / 137 mph / 137 mph
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)6.50 s / 6.50 s / 6.50 sPower-to-weight ratio177.8 kW/ton / 134.7 bhp/ton / 134.7 bhp/ton
Acceleration 0-100 km/h6.80 s / 6.80 s / 6.80 sFuel consumption, City (urban)
Acceleration 0-100 mph (160 km/h)Fuel consumption, Road (extra-urban)
Acceleration 80-120 km/h (50-70 mph) in topFuel consumption, Mixed (combined)
Standing ¼mile time Fuel consumption, Euro
Standing kilometer time CO2 emissions
  Range

Chassis

Engine locationmiddleEngine alignmentlongitudinal
Steeringrack & pinion PASSteering details
Turns lock-to-lockTurning circle
Suspension frontIndependent, Wishbone (A-arm, control arm), Coil springsSuspension rearIndependent, Wishbone (A-arm, control arm), Coil springs
Wheels frontWheels rear
Tyres frontTyres rear
Brakes frontdiscBrakes reardisc
Brake diameter frontBrake diameter rear
Brakes detailsBraked area

Technical specifications and performance data of Lotus Esprit

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