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.
0 – 60 MPH
- Performance & Emissions
- Engine, Transmission & Dimensions
- Body & Suspension
- Steering, Brakes & Wheels
|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])|
|Extra Urban||56.5 (5.0)|
|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|
|Width excluding mirrors||1719 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|
|Hydraulic Brake Assist [HBA]||Standard|
|Electronic Brake Distribution [EBD]||Standard|
|Cornering Brake Control [CBC]||Standard|
|Driver selectable ESP modes||Standard|
|WHEELS & TYRES|
|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|
|Engine start push button||Standard|
|Central door locking||Standard|
|Immobiliser and remote activated alarm||Standard|
|Driver and passenger air bags||Standard|
|Face level air-vents||Standard|
|Tyre puncture repair kit||Standard|
|OPTION TRIM PACKS|
|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|