How many compact sportscars can blast from 0-60mph in just 6.0 seconds (0-100kph in 6.5secs)? The super-light Elise Sport can at just 1,909lbs (866kgs).

It is the timelessly stylish, lightweight composite body, attached to an equally light aluminium alloy chassis-tub that forms the basis for several other Lotus models.

That’s what does it. Yet, it is strong, which allows its suspension to work impressively, resisting body roll but remaining taut enough for the ultimate sportscar thrills, while retaining damping compliance that affords the Elise Sport an astonishingly good ride quality.

It is Lotus years of experience and irrepressible talent that allow a car like Elise Sport to be created.


Small capacity is not a hindrance to the entry-level Elise. Its multi-valve 1.6-litre engine delivers a sparkling 134bhp (136PS). Select the first of its six close-ratio gears and the forwards delivery is electric.

Its 155bhp/tonne (157PS/1000kgs) enables a V-max of 127mph (204kph), yet its Combined fuel economy is given as 44.8 mpg (6.3l/100km) and CO-emissions are just 149g/km. This is affordable sportscar ownership by any judgement.


Underpinning every Elise is the most efficient, strongest and low weight extruded and bonded chassis-tub. Based on more than 60 years of racing car developments, its torsional rigidity is outstanding.

It allows the suspension to work most effectively, to provide unparalleled grip, a comfortable ride and a dynamic balance that is exceptional.

An electronic differential lock (EDL) helps to tame any over-exuberance (for which you can be forgiven).


However inelegant some safety features can be, Lotus incorporates them within its cars as elements of the design package.

The lightweight chassis is protected by safety zones.

LED supplementary lighting makes your Elise easier to see. Its advanced braking system works with the driver to avoid unfortunate incidents. Twin airbags are part of the safety equipment.

Top Speed


0 – 60 MPH







  • Fuel-injected
  • 1.6-litre engine develops 134hp (136PS)
  • Delivers meaty 118lbs ft (160Nm) of torque
  • Mid-engine provides balance
  • Aero-optimised
  • Light and agile
  • Open differential
  • Exhilarating acceleration


  • Focused minimalism
  • Trimmed in technical fabric
  • Lightweight sport seats
  • Hip-hugging driving position
  • Small diameter, leather steering wheel rim
  • 4-speaker stereo system
  • Pushbutton start
  • Electric windows
  • Central door-locking
  • Face-level air vents

  • 16-inch diameter front alloys
  • 17-inch diameter rear alloys
  • 12-spoke cast alloy style
  • Silver or black colour options
  • Optional Forged alloy wheels


  • Head-turning presence
  • Compact packaging
  • Styled for zero-lift
  • Maximum down force
  • Taut and poised
  • Targeted efficiency

  • Manual 6-speed
  • Close ratios
  • Light shift weight
  • Slick changes
  • Balanced clutch weight
  • Lotus throttle management
  • 0-60mph in 6.0 seconds (0-100km/h in 6.5 seconds)



Max power 134 hp at 6800 rpm (136 PS) (100kW)
Max torque 118 lbft at 4400 rpm (160 Nm)
0-60 mph 6.0 seconds
0-100 km/h 6.5 seconds
Max speed 127 mph (204 km/h)
Power to weight ratio 155 hp/tonne (157 PS/1000kg)
FUEL CONSUMPTION (mpg* [l/100 km])
Urban 34.0 (8.3)
Extra Urban 56.5 (5.0)
Combined 44.8 (6.3)
CO2 emissions 149 g/km
All alloy, 1.6 litre DOHC 4 cylinder, dual VVT-i and Valvematic, 16-valve Standard
Mid-mounted, transverse, rear wheel drive Standard
Multi-point sequential fuel injection and direct ignition system Standard
Lotus Electronic Throttle Control system Standard
6 speed manual with sports ratios Standard
Constant mesh helical gears and open differential Standard
BOSCH Electronic Differential Lock (EDL) Standard
Length 3824 mm
Width excluding mirrors 1719 mm
Height 1117 mm
Wheelbase 2300 mm
Unladen vehicle mass 866 kg
Fuel tank capacity


Two-door, two-seater convertible bodystyle Standard
Lightweight, extruded aluminium bonded chassis structure Standard
Composite front energy absorbing crash structure Standard
Door side impact beams Standard
Composite body panels Standard
Aerodynamically optimised rear diffuser Standard
LED front daylight lamps with integrated direction indicators Standard
LED rear lamps with integrated direction indicators Standard
Black soft top Standard
Front mud flaps Standard
Clear sill stone chip protection film Standard
Fully independent double wishbone suspension with front anti-roll bar Standard
Bilstein high performance gas dampers, front and rear Standard
Eibach coaxial coil springs, front and rear Standard


Solidly mounted, mechanical rack and pinion Standard
AP Racing twin-piston front calipers, Brembo single-piston sliding rear-calipers Standard
Servo assisted, cross drilled and ventilated discs, 288 mm diameter, front and rear Standard
ABS system Standard
Hydraulic Brake Assist [HBA] Standard
Electronic Brake Distribution [EBD] Standard
Cornering Brake Control [CBC] Standard
Driver selectable ESP modes Standard
Lightweight cast alloy wheels, 16″ front and 17″ rear Standard
Front Yokohama Advan Neova AD07 tyres 175/55 ZR16 Standard
Rear Yokohama Advan Neova AD07 tyres 225/45 ZR17


Lightweight aluminium footwell divider Standard
Black leather steering wheel Standard
Polished aluminium gear knob and handbrake sleeve Standard
Cloth seats with composite structure Standard
Pre-tensioning seatbelts Standard
Engine start push button Standard
Central door locking Standard
Immobiliser and remote activated alarm Standard
Driver and passenger air bags Standard
Electric windows Standard
Face level air-vents Standard
Tyre puncture repair kit Standard


Alcantara® pack Option
Leather pack Option
Tartan pack Option
Metallic paint Option
Signature paint Option
Hard top Option
Air conditioning Option
Auxiliary driving lights Option
Stereo, full carpet and sound insulation Option
Sport wheel, satin black or silver, forged 14-spoke (16′ front and 17″ rear) Option

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