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Lotus Elise

The Lotus Elise is one of the best driver’s cars money can buy. Conceived as a modern day Lotus 7 it has all the ingredients that made the 1960’s car great combined with all the advances in design Lotus has made over the last 40 years. The Elise has been in production for some time now but hides its age well. There was a major revision in 2000 that only improved on the Elise’s key characteristics – light-weight and superb handling. Its bonded aluminium chassis and mid mounted engine are still ahead of their time. There are few luxuries, it’s a car all about the driving experience. Compared to when it was launched however, the Lotus now has a healthy amount of competition.

Lotus Elise Details

Production dates2000-current
Length3824 mm
Width inc. mirrors1719 mm
Height1117 mm
Wheelbase2300 mm
Luggage capacity112 litres
Fuel tank capacity43.5 litres
Warranty distance36,000 miles
Warranty length3 years
Service Intervals9,000 miles

Lotus Elise

Lotus Elise Specifications

Fuel typeUnleaded Petrol
Engine size1598 cc
Power134@6800 bhp
Power136@6800 ps
Torque118@4400 lb.ft
Transmission type6-spd manual
Kerb Weight876 kg
UK Retail pricefrom £28,100
UK Insurance group43

Lotus Elise Performance

Max Speed (Manual)127 mph
0-60mph (Manual)6 seconds
0-100kmph (Manual)6.5 seconds

Lotus Elise Economy and Emissions

EU Combined MPG (Manual)45 mpg
CO2 Emissions (Manual)149 g/km

Lotus Elise CR

The Elise CR is a bare-bones Lotus roadster that shaves 24kg off the weight of the standard car. It has a redesigned interior that helps it to do this and makes the Elise feel more of a track car. The CR aims to be a stripped-back racer that doesn't break the budget so unlike many light-weight versions the price is actually a little less than the standard car. Matt black wheels, mirrors and roof panels finish the look.

Lotus Elise CR Specifications

Fuel typeUnleaded Petrol
Engine size1598 cc
Power134@6800 bhp
Power136@6800 ps
Torque118@4400 lb.ft
Transmission type6-spd manual
Kerb Weight852 kg
UK Retail pricefrom £27,500

Lotus Elise CR Performance

Max Speed (Manual)127 mph
0-60mph (Manual)6 seconds
0-100kmph (Auto)6.5 seconds

Lotus Elise CR Economy and Emissions

EU Combined MPG (Manual)45 mpg
CO2 Emissions (Manual)149 g/km

Lotus Elise R

The Lotus Elise R benefits from a 1.8 litre engine with variable valve timing (VVTL-i) giving a welcome boost in power. It is noticeably quicker than the standard car.

Lotus Elise R Specifications

Fuel typeUnleaded Petrol
Engine size1796 cc
Power189@7800 bhp
Torque133@6800 lb.ft
Transmission type6-spd manual
UK Retail pricefrom £31,450
UK Insurance group20/46

Lotus Elise R Performance

Max Speed (Manual)138 mph
0-60mph (Manual)5.1 seconds
0-100kmph (Manual)5.4 seconds

Lotus Elise R Economy and Emissions

EU Combined MPG (Manual)34.4 mpg
CO2 Emissions (Manual)196 g/km

Lotus Elise S

The Lotus Elise S is the supercharged model replacing the SC. Visually the S is identified by its body-hugging rear wing and Y-type lightweight cast 6-spoke wheels. The Elise S has the ultimate performance in the range and comes in at a price to match.

Lotus Elise S Specifications

Fuel typeUnleaded Petrol
Engine size1798 cc
Power217@6800 bhp
Power220@6800 ps
Torque184@4600 lb.ft
Transmission type6-spd manual
Kerb Weight924 kg
UK Retail pricefrom £37,150

Lotus Elise S Performance

Max Speed (Manual)145 mph
0-60mph (Manual)4.2 seconds
0-100kmph (Manual)4.6 seconds

Lotus Elise S Economy and Emissions

EU Combined MPG (Manual)37.5 mpg
CO2 Emissions (Manual)175 g/km

Lotus Elise SC

The SC was the full blown Elise, quite literally as it had a super-charger boosting power from the 1.8 litre engine. Perhaps the ultimate Lotus Elise of this generation. It also came with a unique rear spoiler and 6-spoke alloy wheels. Now discontinued.

Lotus Elise SC Specifications

Fuel typeUnleaded Petrol
Engine size1796 cc
Power217@8000 bhp
Torque155@5000 lb.ft
Transmission type6-spd manual
UK Retail pricefrom £34,450
UK Insurance group20

Lotus Elise SC Performance

Max Speed (Manual)145 mph
0-60mph (Manual)4.3 seconds
0-100kmph (Manual)4.6 seconds

Lotus Elise SC Economy and Emissions

EU Combined MPG (Manual)33.2 mpg
CO2 Emissions (Manual)199 g/km
Power220@6800 ps

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