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Lotus Esprit S1 (1976-1977) specifications

The Lotus Esprit represented a turning point for the company, and the Series 1 cars are the purest interpretation of Giugiaro's vision


Lotus turned to Giugiaro to design a flagship that gained instant pin-up status, and an appearance as a Bond car/submarine in The Spy Who Loved Me. Still using the established Elan system of a glassfibre body over a backbone chassis, the Esprit had its 2.0-litre twin-cam engine mid-mounted. That's a remarkably high output for an engine of such modest capacity, and placed its performance on the coat-tails of the junior supercar league. Handling was flat, grippy and nervous near the limit, but set new standards for the opposition to aim for. Reliability was – and is – a problem. Read the full Esprit buying guide here.

Production

  • Production:
    718
  • Price at launch:
    £7,883
  • Price (excellent)
    £45,000
  • Price (good):
    £38,000
  • Price (average):
    £32,000
  • Price (project):
    £12,000

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    8.4secs
  • Top speed:
    135.0mph
  • Power:
    160.0bhp
  • Torque:
    140.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    19.0mpg

Engine

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

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, wishbone, coil springs
  • Suspension Rear:
    Independent, wishbone, coil springs
  • Drivetrain:
    Mid-Engine RWD
  • Steering:
    rack and pinion
  • Bodyframe:
    Glassfibre body/backbone chassis
  • Transmission:
    Five-speed Manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4191mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2438mm
  • Width:
    1861mm
  • Height:
    1111mm
  • Weight:
    1006kgs

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