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1971-1973 LOTUS Elan Sprint specifications


Introduced to boost flagging sales, the Sprint justified its name thanks to a substantial boost in the engine department. A big-valve head with high-lift cams and a raised compression ratio raised output to 126bhp and the drivetrain was suitably toughened and braced to cope. Both coupé and roadster versions were built, with gold-painted bumpers and two-tone paint to set them apart from other Elans. Single colour paint was also available, but as an extra cost option. With prices approaching those of E-type Jags, only around 1000 were sold, some of the last with five-speed gearboxes.

Production

  • Price at launch:
    £1,706
  • Price (excellent)
    £21,000
  • Price (good):
    £16,500
  • Price (average):
    £8,500
  • Price (project):
    £4,500

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    6.7secs
  • Top speed:
    121.0mph
  • Power:
    126.0bhp
  • Torque:
    113.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    26.0mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    in-line four
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, wishbone, coil spring, anti-roll bar
  • Suspension Rear:
    Independent, coil spring, lower wishbone
  • Steering:
    rack and pinion
  • Bodyframe:
    chassis and seperate body
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    3690mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2134mm
  • Width:
    1422mm
  • Height:
    1156mm
  • Weight:
    721kgs

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