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Old 01-15-2002, 07:08 PM   #1
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The LOTUS ECLAT

The second front engined model of the new Lotus line up, the Eclat was launched in October 1975. Designated as a 2+2 seater by Lotus it was very similar to the Elite in all but its fastback rear body styling and price. The only significant mechanical difference was the fitting of a 3.73:1 diff as opposed to the 41 unit in the Elite. Initially four variants were offered, the 520, 521,522 and 523, shortly to be followed by the 524 automatic model. The 521, 522 , 523 and 534 were basically the same cars as their Elite equivalents, but with the 520 Lotus attempted to make an altogether cheaper car. The Lotus 5 speed gearbox was replaced by a heavier 4 speed unit from the Ford Granada/Capri range, whilst the attractive alloy wheels gave way to narrower pressed steel items. But although it was now possible to enjoy Lotus motoring at a lower price the penalty was less flexibility and less good roadholding, and this led to the variant not selling as well as had been anticipated.

In the USA the car had always been called the Sprint as opposed to the Eclat, and it was marketing experience in this country which led Lotus to bring out a special edition called the Eclat Sprint. This was not quicker due to any engine changes, but rather by the substitution of the 3.73:1 diff with a higher 4.1:1 ratio. These models were all finished in white and had black decals and a black flash on the bonnet and boot.

In May 1980 the Eclat 2.2 was announced with the same revisions as its sister car the Elite, and production continued until 1982.

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