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Lotus Esprit Turbo (1980-1987) specifications

Forced induction allowed the Lotus Esprit Turbo to nip at the heels of the finest Italian supercars


Lotus was now touching supercar territory, with a car that beat the psychological milestones of 150mph and 0-60mph in under six seconds. With almost peerless handling they could now be compared with Porsches and Ferraris. The extra 50bhp over the normal 2.2-litre Esprit comes from a Garrett T3 turbocharger, though the whole of the engine was re-engineered to cope. The first 104 were in Essex Petroleum livery (and fetch a £5000 premium). In 1985 the suspension was revised to use more Toyota and fewer Triumph parts. Shortlived HC version for 1987 gets extra 5bhp and 20lb ft of torque.

Production

  • Production:
    1658
  • Price at launch:
    £25,980
  • Price (excellent)
    £20,000
  • Price (good):
    £14,500
  • Price (average):
    £10,500
  • Price (project):
    £5,000

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    5.6secs
  • Top speed:
    141.0mph
  • Power:
    215.0bhp
  • Torque:
    220.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    18.0mpg

Engine

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

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, coil springs
  • Suspension Rear:
    Independent, 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:
    1852mm
  • Height:
    1118mm
  • Weight:
    1148kgs

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