Key facts

1970 Lotus Europa Twin Cam information summary

What body style?
fixed-head coupé with 2 seats
How long?
3994 mm
How heavy?
737 kg
What size engine?
1.6 litre, 1558 cm3
How many cylinders?
4, Straight
How much power?
106 PS / 105 bhp / 78 kW @ 5500 rpm
How much torque?
146 Nm / 108 / 14.9 kgm @ 4000 rpm
How quick?
0-60 mph: 7.7 s
How fast?
195 km/h, 121 mph


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1970 Lotus Europa Twin Cam technical specifications


This car has a 2 door coupé type body with a mid located engine driving through the rear wheels.
The Lotus Europa Twin Cam's engine is a naturally aspirated petrol, 1.6 litre, double overhead camshaft 4 cylinder with 2 valves per cylinder. This powerplant develops 105 bhp (106 PS/78 kW) of power at 5500 rpm, and maximum torque of 146 N·m (108 lb·ft/14.9 kgm) at 4000 rpm.
The engine supplies its power through to the wheels via a 4 speed manual gearbox.
Claimed kerb weight is 737 kg.
Its maximum speed claimed is 195 km/h or 121 mph.
1970 Lotus Europa Twin Cam data
1970 Lotus Europa Twin Cam data
Body type2 seater fixed-head coupé
Number of doors2
dimensions & weights
Wheelbase 2311 91
Track/tread (front) 1346 53
Track/tread (rear) 1346 53
Length 3994 157.2
Width 1638 64.5
Height 1067 42
Ground clearance
length:wheelbase ratio 1.73
Kerb weight 737 kg 1625 lb
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity 57 litres 12.5 UK Gal 15.1 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
106 PS (105 bhp) (78 kW)
at 5500 rpm
Specific output
67.4 bhp/litre
1.1 bhp/cu in
maximum torque
146 Nm (108 ft·lb) (14.9 kgm)
at 4000 rpm
Specific torque
93.71 Nm/litre
1.13 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction
compression ratio 9.5:1
Fuel system 2 De carbs
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 1177.6 kPa (170.8 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) 5.3 s
Acceleration 0-60mph 7.7 s
Acceleration 0-100km/h
Acceleration 0-160km/h (100mph) 23.30 s
Standing quarter-mile 15.7 s
Standing kilometre 29.9 s
Maximum speed 195 km/h (121 mph)
Power-to-weight ratio 144.45 PS/g
106.24 kW/g
142.47 bhp/ton
0.06 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 9.41 kg/kW
15.72 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.W.CS.ARB.
Rear suspension I.FLDS.LLi.TRA.CS.
Wheel size front
Wheel size rear
Tyres front
Tyres rear
Brakes F/R Di/Dr-S
Front brake diameter
Rear brake diameter
Gearbox 4 speed manual
Top gear ratio 1.03
Final drive ratio 3.56
general ID72039
Production total
Model code
Model family
RAC rating 16.9
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1970 Lotus Europa Twin Cam added before December 1995.
Last modified 2013-02-28.

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