1990 Lotus Esprit vs. 1969 Lotus Europa

To start off, 1990 Lotus Esprit is newer by 21 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1969 Lotus Europa. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1969 Lotus Europa would be higher. At 2,174 cc (4 cylinders), 1990 Lotus Esprit is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1990 Lotus Esprit (172 HP @ 6500 RPM) has 94 more horse power than 1969 Lotus Europa. (78 HP @ 6000 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1990 Lotus Esprit should accelerate faster than 1969 Lotus Europa. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1990 Lotus Esprit weights approximately 563 kg more than 1969 Lotus Europa. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Let's talk about torque, 1990 Lotus Esprit (221 Nm @ 5000 RPM) has 118 more torque (in Nm) than 1969 Lotus Europa. (103 Nm @ 4000 RPM). This means 1990 Lotus Esprit will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1969 Lotus Europa.

Compare all specifications:

1990 Lotus Esprit 1969 Lotus Europa
Make Lotus Lotus
Model Esprit Europa
Year Released 1990 1969
Body Type Coupe Coupe
Engine Position Middle Middle
Engine Size 2174 cc 1470 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 2 valves
Horse Power 172 HP 78 HP
Engine RPM 6500 RPM 6000 RPM
Torque 221 Nm 103 Nm
Torque RPM 5000 RPM 4000 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Number of Seats 2 seats 2 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 1175 kg 612 kg
Vehicle Length 4350 mm 3980 mm
Vehicle Width 1870 mm 1640 mm
Vehicle Height 1160 mm 1080 mm
Wheelbase Size 2440 mm 2340 mm


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