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  Lotus Esprit S1
1976 - 1978
Lotus Esprit S1
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Specs
Metric   Imperial
 
General
Class Sports Car
Body 2 Door 2 Seat
Coupe
Layout Mid Engine
Rear Drive
Transmission 5 Speed Manual
Number Built 718 
Engine
Type Conventional
Details 4 cyl
Capacity
120 in3 
Max Power
160 bhp @rpm 
Max Torque
140 lb/ft @rpm 
Power to Weight
181 bhp/ton 
Torque to Weight
158 lbft/ton 
Specific Output 81 bhp/litre 
Compression  
Bore x Stroke
 
Fuel Cons
 
Emissions  
Performance
Top Speed
138 mph 
0 - 30 mph
 
0 - 60 mph
7.5 sec 
0 - 100 mph
 
0 - 124 mph
 
0 - 186 mph
 
30 - 70 mph
 
Standing qtr Mile
 
60 - 0 mph
 
0 - 100 - 0 mph
 
Ring Lap Time  
Lateral Accn  
Drag Cd  
Dimensions
Length
165.0 in 
Width
73.3 in 
Height
43.7 in 
Weight
1984 lbs 
Wheels (F/R) ? X 14
? X 14 
Tyres (F/R)
 
Fuel Capacity
 
Pricing
New Price £n/a
Used Price £15000 - £40000

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Following the spectacular Giugiaro concept of 1972, the first Series 1 Esprits entered full production in June 1976.

Despite having only 160bhp from its 2 litre engine, the Esprit was good for 0-60mph in around 7 seconds, mainly thanks to its lightweight, fibreglass body (the whole car weighed in at under 2000 lbs). If performance was luke warm, then steering and handling were red hot, a trait shared by many Lotus cars over the years.

The 70's 'wedge' styling still looks the part today. Even the dated tartan interior is going through somewhat of a revival.

Although plagued by reliability problems, the Esprit S1 has become a popular modern day classic, with the best examples fetching over 50k.

The Esprit will forever be linked with James Bond in 'The Spy who Loved Me', although the production model failed to mention 'submarine mode' on the options list!


Ratings
 
Performance5/10
Handling7/10
Looks9/10
Features6/10
Quality5/10
Costs8/10
Desire8/10
Eco4/10
Practicality3/10
Sound5/10
Overall Rating
60%
Ranks 864 of 1092
Money No Object
58%
Ranks 882 of 1092
Bargain Rating
60%
Ranks 324 of 1092

Rivals
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Maserati Merak SS

(1975 - 1983)


Ferrari 308

(1975 - 1985)

Variants
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Lineage
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Esprit S1

(1976 - 1978)
  

Turbo Esprit

(1980 - 1987)
  

Esprit S4

(1993 - 1996)
 
  

Esprit V8

(1996 - 2003)

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