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Lotus Excel

(1983 model)

Brief specs of 1983 Lotus Excel

2-door 2+2-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 16-valve straight (inline) engine, DOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam), 2174 cm3 / 132.7 cu in / 132.7 cu in, 119.3 kW / 160.0 hp / 160.0 hp @ 6500 rpm / 6500 rpm / 6500 rpm, 217.0 N·m / 160.1 lb·ft / 160.1 lb·ft @ 5250 rpm / 5250 rpm / 5250 rpm, manual 5-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 206 km/h / 128 mph / 128 mph top speed, consumption 9.1 l/100km / 31.0 mpg-UK / 25.8 mpg-US

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)LotusIssued from1983
ModelExcelIssued until
SerieExcelNumber 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)4530 l / 159.98 cu ft / 159.98 cu ftMax. cargo capacity (volume)

Dimensions & Weight

Length4376 mm / 172.3 in / 172.3 inTotal (curb) weight1135 kg / 2502 lb / 2502 lb
Width1816 mm / 71.5 in / 71.5 inDry weight
Height1016 mm / 40.0 in / 40.0 inLoad capacity
Wheelbase2482 mm / 97.7 in / 97.7 inGross (max.) weight
Track front1461 mm / 57.5 in / 57.5 inTowing weight
Track rear1461 mm / 57.5 in / 57.5 inWeight distribution (front)53.0 % / 53.0 % / 53.0 %
Ground clearanceFuel capacity31 l / 6.8 UK gal / 8.2 US gal
Length/wheelbase ratio1.76  

Aerodynamics

Drag coefficient (Cd, Cx, Cw)0.32Frontal area (A)1.57 m2 / 16.9 sq ft / 16.9 sq ft (est.)
Aerodynamic coefficient (Cd×A)0.50 m2 / 5.4 sq ft / 5.4 sq ft (est.)Aerodynamic resistance (Aero horse power) at 100 km/h (62 mph)12.5 kW / 16.7 hp / 16.7 hp (est.)

Engine

Engine CodeLotus 912Total number of cylinders4
Engine Typestraight (inline) (Inline, 4 cylinder)Total number of valves16
Engine ManufacturerLotusValves per cylinder4
Engine constructionBore95.3 mm / 3.75 in / 3.75 in
Fuelpetrol (gasoline)Stroke76.2 mm / 3.00 in / 3.00 in
Fuel detailsBore/Stroke ratio1.25
Fuel supply2 De carbsEngine displacement2174 cm3 / 132.7 cu in / 132.7 cu in
Engine Main bearings5Unitary capacity543.50 cm3/cylinder / 33.166 cu in/cylinder / 33.166 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 6500 rpm / 6500 rpm / 6500 rpm
AspirationnaturalMax. torque217.0 N·m / 160.1 lb·ft / 160.1 lb·ft at 5250 rpm / 5250 rpm / 5250 rpm
Compressor typeN/AMaximum rpm
IntercoolernoMax. net output (power at the wheels)61.9 kW / 83.0 hp / 83.0 hp (est.)
CoolantwaterSpecific output54.9 kW/l / 1.206 bhp/cu in / 1.206 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converternoSpecific torque99.8 N·m/l / 0.87 lb·ft/cu in / 0.87 lb·ft/cu in

Transmission

Transmission typemanualNumber of gears5
Wheel driverear wheel driveTop gear (drive) ratio0.78
  Final gear (drive) ratio4.1

Performance

Acceleration 0-50 mph (80 km/h)Top (maximal) speed206 km/h / 128 mph / 128 mph
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)7.40 s / 7.40 s / 7.40 sPower-to-weight ratio141.0 kW/ton / 106.8 bhp/ton / 106.8 bhp/ton
Acceleration 0-100 km/hFuel 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)9.1 l/100km / 31.0 mpg-UK / 25.8 mpg-US
Standing ¼mile time Fuel consumption, Euro
Standing kilometer time CO2 emissions213 g/km / 343 g/mi / 343 g/mi (est.)
  Range341 km / 212 mi / 212 mi

Chassis

Engine locationfrontEngine alignmentlongitudinal
SteeringSteering details
Turns lock-to-lockTurning circle
Suspension frontSuspension rear
Wheels frontWheels rear
Tyres frontTyres rear
Brakes frontdiscBrakes reardisc
Brake diameter frontBrake diameter rear
Brakes detailsBraked area

Technical specifications and performance data of Lotus Excel

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