1990 Lotus Esprit vs. 1998 Lotus GT 1

To start off, 1998 Lotus GT 1 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 3,506 cc (8 cylinders), 1998 Lotus GT 1 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1998 Lotus GT 1 (580 HP @ 7500 RPM) has 408 more horse power than 1990 Lotus Esprit. (172 HP @ 6500 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1998 Lotus GT 1 should accelerate faster than 1990 Lotus Esprit. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1990 Lotus Esprit weights approximately 125 kg more than 1998 Lotus GT 1.

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, 1998 Lotus GT 1 (391 Nm @ 6500 RPM) has 170 more torque (in Nm) than 1990 Lotus Esprit. (221 Nm @ 5000 RPM). This means 1998 Lotus GT 1 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1990 Lotus Esprit.

Compare all specifications:

1990 Lotus Esprit 1998 Lotus GT 1
Make Lotus Lotus
Model Esprit GT 1
Year Released 1990 1998
Engine Position Middle Middle
Engine Size 2174 cc 3506 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 8 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 172 HP 580 HP
Engine RPM 6500 RPM 7500 RPM
Torque 221 Nm 391 Nm
Torque RPM 5000 RPM 6500 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Rear
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 2 seats 2 seats
Vehicle Weight 1175 kg 1050 kg
Vehicle Length 4350 mm 4500 mm
Vehicle Width 1870 mm 2080 mm
Vehicle Height 1160 mm 1110 mm
Wheelbase Size 2440 mm 2320 mm


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