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Lotus Esprit

(1987 model)

Brief specs of 1987 Lotus Esprit

2-door 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, 128.3 kW / 172.1 hp / 172.1 hp @ 6500 rpm / 6500 rpm / 6500 rpm, 221.0 N·m / 163.0 lb·ft / 163.0 lb·ft @ 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm, manual 5-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 222 km/h / 138 mph / 138 mph top speed, consumption 7.6 l/100km / 37.2 mpg-UK / 30.9 mpg-US

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)LotusIssued from1987
ModelEspritIssued until
SerieEspritNumber made
Model familyBody construction
Model codeBody designation
ManufacturerLotusCountryUK

Bodywork

Base platformNumber of doors2
Bodywork typefixed-head coupéNumber of seats2
Bodywork designerCargo capacity (volume)
Passenger space (volume)4510 l / 159.27 cu ft / 159.27 cu ftMax. cargo capacity (volume)

Dimensions & Weight

Length4331 mm / 170.5 in / 170.5 inTotal (curb) weight1100 kg / 2425 lb / 2425 lb
Width1859 mm / 73.2 in / 73.2 inDry weight
Height1138 mm / 44.8 in / 44.8 inLoad capacity
Wheelbase2458 mm / 96.8 in / 96.8 inGross (max.) weight
Track front1524 mm / 60.0 in / 60.0 inTowing weight
Track rear1554 mm / 61.2 in / 61.2 inWeight distribution (front)
Ground clearance150 mm / 5.9 in / 5.9 inFuel capacity67 l / 14.7 UK gal / 17.7 US gal
Length/wheelbase ratio1.76  

Aerodynamics

Drag coefficient (Cd, Cx, Cw)0.36Frontal area (A)1.80 m2 / 19.4 sq ft / 19.4 sq ft (est.)
Aerodynamic coefficient (Cd×A)0.65 m2 / 7.0 sq ft / 7.0 sq ft (est.)Aerodynamic resistance (Aero horse power) at 100 km/h (62 mph)16.1 kW / 21.6 hp / 21.6 hp (est.)

Engine

Engine CodeLotus 912 STotal 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 DHLA 45 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 ratio10.9 : 1
SumpMax. output power128.3 kW / 172.1 hp / 172.1 hp at 6500 rpm / 6500 rpm / 6500 rpm
AspirationnaturalMax. torque221.0 N·m / 163.0 lb·ft / 163.0 lb·ft at 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm
Compressor typeN/AMaximum rpm
IntercoolernoMax. net output (power at the wheels)68.9 kW / 92.4 hp / 92.4 hp (est.)
CoolantwaterSpecific output59.0 kW/l / 1.297 bhp/cu in / 1.297 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converternoSpecific torque101.7 N·m/l / 0.89 lb·ft/cu in / 0.89 lb·ft/cu in

Transmission

Transmission typemanualNumber of gears5
Wheel driverear wheel driveTop gear (drive) ratio0.82
  Final gear (drive) ratio3.88

Performance

Acceleration 0-50 mph (80 km/h)Top (maximal) speed222 km/h / 138 mph / 138 mph
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)6.50 s / 6.50 s / 6.50 sPower-to-weight ratio156.4 kW/ton / 118.5 bhp/ton / 118.5 bhp/ton
Acceleration 0-100 km/hFuel consumption, City (urban)16.1 l/100km / 17.5 mpg-UK / 14.6 mpg-US
Acceleration 0-100 mph (160 km/h)Fuel consumption, Road (extra-urban)8.3 l/100km / 34.0 mpg-UK / 28.3 mpg-US
Acceleration 80-120 km/h (50-70 mph) in topFuel consumption, Mixed (combined)7.6 l/100km / 37.2 mpg-UK / 30.9 mpg-US
Standing ¼mile time Fuel consumption, Euro
Standing kilometer time CO2 emissions178 g/km / 286 g/mi / 286 g/mi (est.)
  Range882 km / 548 mi / 548 mi

Chassis

Engine locationmiddleEngine alignmentlongitudinal
Steeringrack & pinion PASSteering details
Turns lock-to-lock3Turning circle11.8 m / 38.7 ft / 38.7 ft
Suspension frontIndependent, Double wishbones, Coil springs, Anti-roll (anti-sway) bar (ARB)Suspension rearIndependent, Double wishbones, Trailing arm, Coil springs
Wheels frontWheels rear
Tyres front195/60 VR 15Tyres rear235/60 VR 15
Brakes frontventilated discBrakes reardisc
Brake diameter frontBrake diameter rear
Brakes detailsservo-assistedBraked area

Technical specifications and performance data of Lotus Esprit

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