1990 Lotus Esprit vs. 1998 Lotus 340 R

To start off, 1998 Lotus 340 R is newer by 8 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1990 Lotus Esprit. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1990 Lotus Esprit would be higher. At 2,174 cc (4 cylinders), 1990 Lotus Esprit is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1998 Lotus 340 R (190 HP @ 7800 RPM) has 18 more horse power than 1990 Lotus Esprit. (172 HP @ 6500 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1998 Lotus 340 R should accelerate faster than 1990 Lotus Esprit. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1990 Lotus Esprit weights approximately 500 kg more than 1998 Lotus 340 R.

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. Let's talk about torque, 1990 Lotus Esprit (221 Nm) has 23 more torque (in Nm) than 1998 Lotus 340 R. (198 Nm). This means 1990 Lotus Esprit will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1998 Lotus 340 R.

Compare all specifications:

1990 Lotus Esprit 1998 Lotus 340 R
Make Lotus Lotus
Model Esprit 340 R
Year Released 1990 1998
Engine Position Middle Middle
Engine Size 2174 cc 1795 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 172 HP 190 HP
Engine RPM 6500 RPM 7800 RPM
Torque 221 Nm 198 Nm
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Rear
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 2 seats 2 seats
Vehicle Weight 1175 kg 675 kg
Vehicle Length 4350 mm 3510 mm
Vehicle Width 1870 mm 1730 mm
Vehicle Height 1160 mm 1130 mm
Wheelbase Size 2440 mm 2320 mm