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Lotus Esprit V8

(1996 model)

Brief specs of 1996 Lotus Esprit V8

2-door 2-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 32-valve V engine, DOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam), 3506 cm3 / 213.9 cu in / 213.9 cu in, 261.0 kW / 350.0 hp / 350.0 hp @ 6500 rpm / 6500 rpm / 6500 rpm, 400.0 N·m / 295.0 lb·ft / 295.0 lb·ft @ 4250 rpm / 4250 rpm / 4250 rpm, manual 5-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 282 km/h / 175 mph / 175 mph top speed, consumption 13.3 l/100km / 21.2 mpg-UK / 17.7 mpg-US

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)LotusIssued from1996
ModelEsprit V8Issued 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)Max. cargo capacity (volume)

Dimensions & Weight

Length4414 mm / 173.8 in / 173.8 inTotal (curb) weight1378 kg / 3038 lb / 3038 lb
Width1883 mm / 74.1 in / 74.1 inDry weight
Height1150 mm / 45.3 in / 45.3 inLoad capacity
Wheelbase2420 mm / 95.3 in / 95.3 inGross (max.) weight
Track front1529 mm / 60.2 in / 60.2 inTowing weight
Track rear1544 mm / 60.8 in / 60.8 inWeight distribution (front)43.0 % / 43.0 % / 43.0 %
Ground clearanceFuel capacity72 l / 15.8 UK gal / 19.0 US gal
Length/wheelbase ratio1.82  

Aerodynamics

Drag coefficient (Cd, Cx, Cw)Frontal area (A)1.84 m2 / 19.8 sq ft / 19.8 sq ft (est.)
Aerodynamic coefficient (Cd×A)Aerodynamic resistance (Aero horse power) at 100 km/h (62 mph)

Engine

Engine Code918Total number of cylinders8
Engine TypeV engine (90.0° vee)Total number of valves32
Engine ManufacturerLotusValves per cylinder4
Engine constructionBore83.0 mm / 3.27 in / 3.27 in
Fuelpetrol (gasoline)Stroke81.0 mm / 3.19 in / 3.19 in
Fuel detailsBore/Stroke ratio1.02
Fuel supplyEngine displacement3506 cm3 / 213.9 cu in / 213.9 cu in
Engine Main bearingsUnitary capacity438.25 cm3/cylinder / 26.744 cu in/cylinder / 26.744 cu in/cylinder
Cam DesignDOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam)Compression ratio8.0 : 1
SumpMax. output power261.0 kW / 350.0 hp / 350.0 hp at 6500 rpm / 6500 rpm / 6500 rpm
AspirationturbochargedMax. torque400.0 N·m / 295.0 lb·ft / 295.0 lb·ft at 4250 rpm / 4250 rpm / 4250 rpm
Compressor type2 Allied Signal turbosMaximum rpm
IntercooleryesMax. net output (power at the wheels)110.5 kW / 148.2 hp / 148.2 hp (est.)
CoolantwaterSpecific output74.4 kW/l / 1.636 bhp/cu in / 1.636 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converteryesSpecific torque114.1 N·m/l / 1.00 lb·ft/cu in / 1.00 lb·ft/cu in

Transmission

Transmission typemanualNumber of gears5
Wheel driverear wheel driveTop gear (drive) ratio0.76
  Final gear (drive) ratio3.89

Performance

Acceleration 0-50 mph (80 km/h)3.60 s / 3.60 s / 3.60 sTop (maximal) speed282 km/h / 175 mph / 175 mph
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)4.80 s / 4.80 s / 4.80 sPower-to-weight ratio254.0 kW/ton / 192.4 bhp/ton / 192.4 bhp/ton
Acceleration 0-100 km/h4.90 s / 4.90 s / 4.90 sFuel consumption, City (urban)20.0 l/100km / 14.1 mpg-UK / 11.8 mpg-US
Acceleration 0-100 mph (160 km/h)10.54 s / 10.54 s / 10.54 sFuel consumption, Road (extra-urban)9.3 l/100km / 30.4 mpg-UK / 25.3 mpg-US
Acceleration 80-120 km/h (50-70 mph) in topFuel consumption, Mixed (combined)13.3 l/100km / 21.2 mpg-UK / 17.7 mpg-US
Standing ¼mile time Fuel consumption, Euro
Standing kilometer time CO2 emissions311 g/km / 501 g/mi / 501 g/mi (est.)
  Range541 km / 336 mi / 336 mi

Chassis

Engine locationmiddleEngine alignmentlongitudinal
Steeringrack & pinionSteering details
Turns lock-to-lockTurning circle
Suspension frontIndependent, Double wishbones, Coil springsSuspension rearIndependent, Radius arms, Coil springs
Wheels front8.5 x 17Wheels rear10 x 18
Tyres front235/40 ZR 17Tyres rear285/35 ZR 18
Brakes frontventilated discBrakes rearventilated disc
Brake diameter frontBrake diameter rear
Brakes detailsservo-assisted, ABS (anti-lock braking system)Braked area

Technical specifications and performance data of Lotus Esprit V8

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