1975 Lancia Beta vs. 1995 Lotus Esprit

To start off, 1995 Lotus Esprit is newer by 20 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1975 Lancia Beta. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1975 Lancia Beta would be higher. At 2,174 cc (4 cylinders), 1995 Lotus Esprit is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1995 Lotus Esprit (286 HP @ 6500 RPM) has 171 more horse power than 1975 Lancia Beta. (115 HP @ 5500 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1995 Lotus Esprit should accelerate faster than 1975 Lancia Beta. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1995 Lotus Esprit weights approximately 279 kg more than 1975 Lancia Beta. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1995 Lotus Esprit is rear wheel drive (RWD), it offers better handling in dry conditions; in addition, if you are looking to drift, it will be much easier to do with 1995 Lotus Esprit. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1975 Lancia Beta, being front wheel drive (FWD), will offer much better control with better grip. With that said, do keep in mind that many other factors such as speed and the wear on your tires can also have significant impact on traction and control. Let's talk about torque, 1995 Lotus Esprit (354 Nm @ 3900 RPM) has 178 more torque (in Nm) than 1975 Lancia Beta. (176 Nm @ 2800 RPM). This means 1995 Lotus Esprit will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1975 Lancia Beta.

Compare all specifications:

1975 Lancia Beta 1995 Lotus Esprit
Make Lancia Lotus
Model Beta Esprit
Year Released 1975 1995
Body Type Hatchback Coupe
Engine Position Front Middle
Engine Size 1995 cc 2174 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 115 HP 286 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 6500 RPM
Torque 176 Nm 354 Nm
Torque RPM 2800 RPM 3900 RPM
Engine Bore Size 84 mm 95.3 mm
Engine Stroke Size 90 mm 76.2 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 8.9:1 8.0:1
Top Speed 180 km/hour 265 km/hour
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 2 seats
Number of Doors 3 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 1060 kg 1339 kg
Vehicle Length 4290 mm 4380 mm
Vehicle Width 1660 mm 1890 mm
Vehicle Height 1330 mm 1150 mm
Wheelbase Size 2550 mm 2430 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 51 L 73 L