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1982-1992 LOTUS Excel specifications

1982-1992 LOTUS Excel specifications Classic and Performance Car

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 sided 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:
    2074
  • Price at launch:
    £13,787
  • Price (excellent)
    £7,500
  • Price (good):
    £4,750
  • Price (average):
    £2,750
  • Price (project):
    £1,250

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    7.4secs
  • Top speed:
    128.0mph
  • Power:
    160.0bhp
  • Torque:
    160.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    20.0mpg

Engine

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

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, coil springs
  • Suspension Rear:
    Independent, coil springs
  • Steering:
    rack and pinion
  • Bodyframe:
    chassis and seperate body
  • Transmission:
    Five-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4376mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2482mm
  • Width:
    1816mm
  • Height:
    1016mm
  • Weight:
    1135kgs
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