• Lotus Europa Special

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Key facts

1973 Lotus Europa Special information summary

What body style?
fixed-head coupé with 2 seats
How long?
3994 mm
How heavy?
711 kg
What size engine?
1.6 litre, 1558 cm3
How many cylinders?
4, Straight
How much power?
128 PS / 126 bhp / 94 kW @ 6500 rpm
How much torque?
153 Nm / 113 / 15.6 kgm @ 5500 rpm
How quick?
0-60 mph: 6.6 s
How quick?
0-100 km/h: 7.2 s
How fast?
204 km/h, 127 mph


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1973 Lotus Europa Special technical specifications


This car has a 2 door coupé body style with a mid mounted engine driving through the rear wheels.
The Lotus Europa Special's engine is a naturally aspirated petrol, 1.6 litre, double overhead camshaft 4 cylinder with 2 valves per cylinder. In this application it develops 126 bhp (128 PS/94 kW) of power at 6500 rpm, and maximum torque of 153 N·m (113 lb·ft/15.6 kgm) at 5500 rpm.
A 5 speed manual gearbox supplies the power to the wheels.
Having a claimed kerb weight of 711 kg, the Lotus Europa Special can dispense with the 0-60 mph yardstick in 6.6 seconds and the standing-start quarter mile in 14.9 seconds.
Maximum speed stated is 204 km/h (127 mph).
1973 Lotus Europa Special data
1973 Lotus Europa Special data
Body type2 seater fixed-head coupé
Number of doors2
dimensions & weights
Wheelbase 2311 91
Track/tread (front) 1359 53.5
Track/tread (rear) 1359 53.5
Length 3994 157.2
Width 1638 64.5
Height 1067 42
Ground clearance 152 6
length:wheelbase ratio 1.73
Kerb weight 711 kg 1567 lb
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity 56.8 litres 12.5 UK Gal 15 US Gal
Drag coefficient 0.29
Frontal area
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer Lotus
Engine code
Cylinders Straight 4
Capacity 1.6 litre
1558 cc
(95.075 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 82.57 × 72.75 mm
3.25 × 2.86 in
Bore/stroke ratio 1.13
double overhead camshaft (DOHC)
2 valves per cylinder
8 valves in total
maximum power output
128 PS (126 bhp) (94 kW)
at 6500 rpm
Specific output
80.9 bhp/litre
1.33 bhp/cu in
maximum torque
153 Nm (113 ft·lb) (15.6 kgm)
at 5500 rpm
Specific torque
98.2 Nm/litre
1.19 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction
compression ratio 10.3:1
Fuel system 2 De carbs
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 1234.1 kPa (179 psi)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 389.5 cc
Aspiration Normal
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter N
Acceleration 0-80km/h (50mph) 4.8 s
Acceleration 0-60mph 6.6 s
Acceleration 0-100km/h 7.2 s
Acceleration 0-160km/h (100mph)
Standing quarter-mile 14.9 s
Standing kilometre 28.3 s
Maximum speed 204 km/h (127 mph)
Power-to-weight ratio 179.68 PS/g
132.15 kW/g
177.22 bhp/ton
0.08 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 7.57 kg/kW
12.64 lb/bhp
fuel consumption
Fuel consumption
universal consumption (calculated from the above)
litres per 100km
km per litre
Carbon dioxide emissions
Carfolio Calculated CO2 ?
VED band (UK)
CO2 Effizienz (DE)
Engine position mid
Engine layout longitudinal
Drive wheels rear wheel drive  
Torque split N/A
Steering rack & pinion
turns lock-to-lock
Turning circle
Front suspension I.CS.
Rear suspension I.CS.
Wheel size front
Wheel size rear
Tyres front
Tyres rear
Brakes F/R Di/Dr-S
Front brake diameter
Rear brake diameter
Gearbox 5 speed manual
Top gear ratio 0.87
Final drive ratio 3.77
general ID37928
Production total
Model code
Model family
RAC rating 16.9
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1973 Lotus Europa Special added before December 1995.
Last modified 2013-02-28.

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