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Lotus Esprit S2/S2.2 (1977-1981) specifications

With many of the original's flaws ironed out, the Lotus Esprit S2 and later S2.2 improved on the package significantly


The original Esprit was a standard-bearer, but it wasn't without flaws. Cooling was marginal and the interior design lacked cohesion. In an attempt to put those faults right, Lotus quickly lauched the S2. It was marked out by minor modifications that included ‘ears’ behind the rear side windows to improve engine airflow, Speedline alloys and Rover SD1 taillights (to replace the Fiat X1/9 originals). For the final year of production, the S2 was fitted with the 2.2-litre engine, increasing performance and driveability at no cost in fuel consumption.

Production

  • Production:
    1060
  • Price at launch:
    £8,500
  • Price (excellent)
    £20,000
  • Price (good):
    £15,000
  • Price (average):
    £12,000
  • Price (project):
    £5,000

Performance

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

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:
    4190mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2440mm
  • Width:
    1860mm
  • Height:
    1110mm
  • Weight:
    1006kgs

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