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Lotus Esprit S3 (1981-1987) specifications

Lotus Esprit S3 (1981-1987) specifications Classic and Performance Car

A range of updates for the S3 made the Esprit the car it deserved to be


Wearing most of the body, chassis and interior revisions introduced for the Turbo model the year before, the Esprit S3 also signalled a major leap forward in quality and reliability. There’s a lot more sound insulation too, allegedly reducing noise levels inside by 50%. Despite the larger bumpers and air scoops, the design stays true to Giugiaro’s concept. The rear wheels and tyres are larger, and lower-profile rubber is used to further sharpen the Esprit’s superb handling and grip. Despite now being cheaper, experts say these are a much better bet than the S1 and S2.

Production

  • Production:
    767
  • Price at launch:
    £13,461
  • Price (excellent)
    £14,000
  • Price (good):
    £12,000
  • Price (average):
    £7,000
  • Price (project):
    £2,700

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    6.5secs
  • Top speed:
    135.0mph
  • Power:
    160.0bhp
  • Torque:
    160.0lb/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:
    chassis and seperate body
  • Transmission:
    Five-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4191mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2438mm
  • Width:
    1854mm
  • Height:
    1111mm
  • Weight:
    1020kgs

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