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1974 Lotus Elite Specs

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Quick Facts

Price (when new): 6262

Production Total: 2398

Build Start: 1974

Last on sale: 1980

Drive System:

Available in other variants

In an effort to shed its kit car image, Lotus took a giant leap upmarket in 1974 with the Elite – a four-seater coupe with a kind of hatchback. As the American market didn’t take to the styling, it was joined the next year by the Eclat, pretty much the same car but with the rear panels reshaped into a more familiar fastback form, also losing about 45kg in weight in the process. The all-new two-litre Lotus twin-cam engine was increased to 2.2 litres from 1980, with the same peak power output but substantially more torque. A Getrag five-speed gearbox was also used from this point.

Information from Octane Magazine.
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Specifications

General
1974
1980
Elite / Eclat
Dimensions
1107kg
2480mm
1820mm
1210mm
4460mm
Performance
160bhp
2
7.8s
124mph
140lb/ft
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Fuel Consump.
21mpg
Prices
€6262
€1035
€2530
€4600
€5750
Other
2398

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