Lotus Esprit S3 1981-1992


May 24, 2013 By Mike Lee
Last updated on July 30, 2015
Esprit S3 (1981)
Country
UK
Top Speed (mph)
135
0-50 mph
4.7
0-60 mph
6.5
0-100 mph
19
1/4 mile
14.8
0-1 km
27.2
BHP
160 @6500rpm
Torque lbft
160 @5000rpm
BHP per ton
135
MPG UK/US
23/19
Engine capacity CC/CU
2174/133
Engine type
Straight 4 Carburettors x 2
Aspiration
Normal
Compression Ratio
9.4:1
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)
72.9
Height (in)
44
Kerb Weight (lbs)
2600
Additional Info: More cosmetic changes to the exterior and interior were made to the S3, including new 15″ BBS alloys. An increase in power to 172bhp took place in 1986.

Esprit S3 Black Esprit Turbo S3 Red
Turbo Esprit S3 Early 1987 Esprit Turbo S3 Yellow
Esprit Turbo S3 Yellow Engine Esprit Turbo S3 Yellow Rear

 

Esprit Turbo S3 (1987-1990)
Country
UK
Top Speed (mph)
150
0-30 mph
2.3
0-40 mph
3.3
0-50 mph
4.3
0-60 mph
5.4
0-70 mph
7.1
0-80 mph
8.7
0-90 mph
10.7
0-100 mph
13.3
0-110 mph
16.3
0-120 mph
20.1
0-130 mph
26
1/4 mile
13.7
0-1 km
25
BHP
215 @6000rpm
Torque lbft
220 @4250rpm
BHP per ton
155
MPG UK/US
20/17
Engine capacity CC/CU
2174/133
Engine type
Straight 4 Carburettors x 2
Aspiration
Turbocharged
Compression Ratio
8.0:1
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)
170
Width (in)
73
Height (in)
44
Kerb Weight (lbs)
3052
Additional Info: An earlier (1981) S3 Turbo was used in the James Bond Film “For Your Eyes Only”.

1989 Esprit S3 Mid 1987on Shape

 

Esprit Turbo SE S3 (1989-1991)
Country
UK
Top Speed (mph)
165
0-60 mph
4.7
0-100 mph
11.9
1/4 mile
13.5
0-1 km
25
BHP
264 @6500rpm
Torque lbft
261 @3900rpm
BHP per ton
203
MPG UK/US
23/19
Engine capacity CC/CU
2174/133
Engine type
Straight 4 Fuel Injection
Aspiration
Turbocharged
Compression Ratio
8.0:1
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)
170
Width (in)
73
Height (in)
44
Kerb Weight (lbs)
2866
Additional Info: An improved intercooler, took power upto 264bhp with this SE model, as well as gaining an even more aggressive bodykit. A less powerful Esprit S with 228bhp was also built.