1990 Lotus Esprit vs. 1970 Lotus 72

To start off, 1990 Lotus Esprit is newer by 20 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1970 Lotus 72. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1970 Lotus 72 would be higher. At 2,993 cc (8 cylinders), 1970 Lotus 72 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1970 Lotus 72 (429 HP @ 10000 RPM) has 257 more horse power than 1990 Lotus Esprit. (172 HP @ 6500 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1970 Lotus 72 should accelerate faster than 1990 Lotus Esprit. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1990 Lotus Esprit weights approximately 645 kg more than 1970 Lotus 72.

Both vehicles are rear wheel drive (RWD) - it offers better handling in dry conditions; in addition, if you are looking to drift, both vehicles do the job better than front wheel drive vehicles. 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.

Compare all specifications:

1990 Lotus Esprit 1970 Lotus 72
Make Lotus Lotus
Model Esprit 72
Year Released 1990 1970
Engine Size 2174 cc 2993 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 8 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 172 HP 429 HP
Engine RPM 6500 RPM 10000 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Rear
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Vehicle Weight 1175 kg 530 kg


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