Lotus Esprit S2 1978-1981


May 24, 2013 By Mike Lee
Last updated on July 30, 2015
Esprit S2 (1978-79)
Country
UK
Top Speed (mph)
130
0-60 mph
8.4
1/4 mile
16
0-1 km
30
BHP
160 @6200rpm
Torque lbft
140 @4900rpm
BHP per ton
153
MPG UK/US
23/19
Engine capacity CC/CU
1973/120
Engine type
Straight 4 Carburettors x 2
Aspiration
Normal
Compression Ratio
9.5:1
Valve Type/No
DOHC 16
Transmission (manual/auto)
Manual
No of speeds
5
Wheels driven
RWD
Brakes F/R
Disc/Disc
No. of Seats
2
Length (in)
165
Width (in)
73
Height (in)
44
Kerb Weight (lbs)
2300
Additional Info: After the Series 1 was built, Lotus decided to make a number of improvements. Many styling changes were made to the body work, such as a deeper front spoiler, addition of Lotus alloys and air intakes behind the back quarter windows and improvements to the interior were carried out. To celebrate Lotus’s racing wins, a black and gold JPS Esprit was built. In 1980 an S2.2 with the same hp as the 2.0 above, but with an additional 20lbft of torque was built.

 

Esprit Turbo S2 (1980-81)
Country
UK
Top Speed (mph)
150
0-50 mph
4.5
0-60 mph
5.6-6.1
0-100 mph
15.9
1/4 mile
14.5
0-1 km
26.7
BHP
210 @6250rpm
Torque lbft
200 @4500rpm
BHP per ton
177
MPG UK/US
18/15
Engine capacity CC/CU
2174/133
Engine type
Straight 4 Carburettors x 2
Aspiration
Turbocharged
Compression Ratio
7.5:1
Valve Type/No
DOHC 16
Transmission (manual/auto)
Manual with overdrive
No of speeds
5
Wheels driven
RWD
Brakes F/R
Disc/Disc
No. of Seats
2
Length (in)
165
Width (in)
73
Height (in)
44
Kerb Weight (lbs)
2625
Additional Info: This was the first Esprit turbo and had a number of chassis and braking improvements. It also came with a bodykit, larger spoilers and a rear louvre.

Esprit S2 Rear Side
Esprit S2 Blue Esprit S2
Esprit S2 White Front Esprit S2 White Front Side
Esprit S2 White Rear Side Esprit S2 White Rear
Esprit S2 White Side