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Key facts

1981 Lotus Esprit S3 information summary

What body style?
fixed-head coupé with 2 seats
How long?
4191 mm
How heavy?
1067 kg
What size engine?
2.2 litre, 2174 cm3
How many cylinders?
4, Straight
How much power?
162 PS / 160 bhp / 119 kW @ 6500 rpm
How much torque?
217 Nm / 160 ft.lb / 22.1 kgm @ 5250 rpm
How quick?
0-60 mph: 6.50 s
How quick?
0-100 km/h: 7.00 s
How fast?
217 km/h, 135 mph

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1981 Lotus Esprit S3 technical specifications

Introduction

Lotus Esprit S3 is an automobile that has a 2 door coupé body style styled by Giugiaro with a mid mounted engine powering the rear wheels.
Its 2.2 litre engine is a naturally aspirated, double overhead camshaft, 4 cylinder that has an output of 160 bhp (162 PS/119 kW) of power at 6500 rpm, and maximum torque of 217 N·m (160 lb·ft/22.1 kgm) at 5250 rpm.
The engine transmits power to the wheels via a 5 speed manual gearbox.
Having a stated weight at the kerb of 1067 kg, the Lotus Esprit S3 performs the 0-60 mph sprint in 6.5 seconds and the quarter mile from rest in 15 seconds.
It is claimed to manage a top speed of 217 km/h or 135 mph.
1981 Lotus Esprit S3 data
1981 Lotus Esprit S3 data
bodywork
Body type2 seater fixed-head coupé
Number of doors2
DesignerGiugiaro
dimensions & weights
mminches
Wheelbase 2438 96
Track/tread (front) 1511 59.5
Track/tread (rear) 1511 59.5
Length 4191 165
Width 1852 72.9
Height 1118 44
Ground clearance
length:wheelbase ratio 1.72
Kerb weight 1067 kg 2352 lb
Weight distribution 41.50 % front
fuel tank capacity 71.8 litres 15.8 UK Gal 19 US Gal
aerodynamics
Drag coefficient 0.350
Frontal area
CdA
engine
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer Lotus
Engine code 912
Cylinders Straight 4
Capacity 2.2 litre
2174 cc
(132.666 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 95.3 × 76.2 mm
3.75 × 3 in
Bore/stroke ratio 1.25
double overhead camshaft (DOHC)
4 valves per cylinder
16 valves in total
maximum power output
(DIN)
162 PS (160 bhp) (119 kW)
at 6500 rpm
Specific output
(DIN)
73.6 bhp/litre
1.21 bhp/cu in
maximum torque
(DIN)
217 Nm (160 ft·lb) (22.1 kgm)
at 5250 rpm
Specific torque
(DIN)
99.82 Nm/litre
1.21 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction aluminium alloy block & head
sump
compression ratio 9.5:1
Fuel system 2 Dell'Orto DHLA4SE carburettors
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 1254.3 kPa (181.9 psi)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings 5
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 543.5 cc
Aspiration Normal
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter N
performance
Acceleration 0-80km/h (50mph) 4.70 s
Acceleration 0-60mph 6.50 s
Acceleration 0-100km/h 7.00 s
Acceleration 0-160km/h (100mph) 19.00 s
Standing quarter-mile 15.00 s
@ 92.00 mph
Standing kilometre 27.90 s
@ 182.00 km/h
Maximum speed 217 km/h (135 mph)
Power-to-weight ratio 152.04 PS/g
111.82 kW/g
149.95 bhp/ton
0.07 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 8.94 kg/kW
14.94 lb/bhp
fuel consumption
Fuel consumption
universal consumption (calculated from the above)
litres per 100km
km per litre
UK MPG
US MPG
Carbon dioxide emissions
Carfolio Calculated CO2 ?
VED band (UK)
CO2 Effizienz (DE)
chassis
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.
Rear suspension I.W.CS.
Wheel size front
Wheel size rear
Tyres front
Tyres rear
Brakes F/R Di/Di-S
Front brake diameter 267 mm
Rear brake diameter 274 mm
Gearbox 5 speed manual
Top gear ratio 0.76
Final drive ratio 4.10
general
Carfolio.com ID8492
Production total
Model code
Model family
RAC rating 22.5
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1981 Lotus Esprit S3 added before December 1995.
Last modified 2013-02-28.

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